New to Hockey?

There are plenty of opportunities in Northeast Ohio to be a part of the hockey community. We are proud to work with the CSHL, AAA teams, High School Teams, Adult leagues and more to grow the sport. We aim to introduce children to the sport, funnel these children into their communities Learn to Play (LTP) programs and further develop their skills as they continue their playing careers. Below you will find resources to begin a hockey career.


Tour With the Monsters Presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine

Tour with the Monsters presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine features a one (1) hour full-team Monsters practice, followed by 30 minutes of post-practice open skate, autographs and photos. Both practice and skate/autograph session are free and open to the public. 

Each stop this season will be with one of 14 official Learn to Play partners of the Cleveland Monsters. For more info on Monsters Learn to Play presented by UH Sports Medicine, visit  


*Ice skates rentals do have a fee typically at the rinks.



    Learn to Play programs are the first step for learning the game of hockey. It is recommended that your player graduates from a Learn to Skate program before registering for a LTP but is not required. Check out the Cleveland Monsters Learn to Play Partners to get your player started!

    Youth hockey in Northeast Ohio begins with the CSHL. The league consists of 150 different teams in various age dividions and 19 youth hockey associations. 


    The different age levels range from:

    • Mites (5-8 years old)
    • Squirts (9-10 years old)
    • PeeWees (11-12 years old)
    • Bantams (13-14 years old)

    AAA Hockey

    For players looking to develop skills at the next level, the Cleveland Barons AAA hockey program is a competitive program based out of Parma. The Barons Elite program plays out of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) with alumni of the program numbering in over 178 NCAA Division 1 hockey players and 21 NHL draft picks.


    The Cleveland Jr. Jacks is another AAA program, based out of Cleveland Heights.


    High School Hockey

    There are 45 OHSAA sanctioned high school hockey teams in the Greater Cleveland area. 36 of the 45 programs compete in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) which is broken up into three talent divisions: red, white and blue. 


    Eight other teams comprise the Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) and consists of Shaker, St. Edward, University School, Lake Catholic, Gilmour Academy, Padua, Holy Name and Walsh Jesuit. Collectively these programs have 20 Ohio State Championships and feature some of the most  prolific and historic programs in the state.


    The North Coast High School League (NCHSHL) is a USA Hockey sanctioned league made up of club hockey programs in the Northeast Ohio who do not have a varsity high  school program or as an alternative to the two other leagues in Northeast Ohio. The league annually sends teams to the National Championships for high school hockey. There are 12 teams in the NCHSHL who compete against teams across Ohio and the Midwest. This league is the high school hockey division of the CSHL youth hockey league. 


    Junior Hockey

    Junior hockey is the next level above high school hockey and the highest level of amateur hockey for players under 20 years of age. The Wooster Oilers of Wooster, Ohio, are the only junior hockey program in Northeast Ohio and a Tier III junior hockey team in the North American Tier 3 Hockey League (NA3HL)


    College Hockey

    There are only three NCAA Division 1 programs in Ohio: Ohio State, Miami University and Bowling Green.

    The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is the highest level of competition outside of the Ncaa. The ACHA consists of over 450 programs in the United States and is separated into three divisions.