Hockey Youth

KCAA Future Stars Hockey Program​

Presented by Tim Horton's

Season 2

Due to popular demand, the KCAA has decided to create Season 2 for the KCAA Future Stars Hockey Program.  The program will continue to run on Sunday afternoons.  However, due to booking conflicts, the locations will vary between 3 separate arenas.  Please see the below schedule for dates, locations, and times.

Additionally, we will be bringing back our beloved instructors Samantha Skene, and Vanessa Bairos.  They will continue to lead the sessions for the Learn to Skate for Hockey program.  The Beginner/Intermediate Hockey Development program will be led by Kyle Brownell.  More information about them is below.


Dates: Sundays 4-5pm (excluding the first week, which will be a Family Skate day at 3pm)

R.J. Clatworthy Arena (2400 John St., Thornhill, ON L3T 6G7)
Thornhill Community Centre (7755 Bayview Ave, Thornhill, ON L3T 4P1)
Markham Centennial Community Centre (8600 McCowan Rd, Unionville, ON L3P 3M2)

Programs: 9 sessions + 1 Family skate

What is provided:
  – Jersey and socks for new registrants (not provided for those who registered in Season 1)
  – Also a chance to win weekly prizes (week 1 raffle – Adult Nike Golf Bag eligible for 1st 20 registrants)
  – 2 free skate sharpens from Hockey Lion




Learn to Skate for Hockey
(Ages 3+)

Price: $250 (Maximum 15 registrants – so register fast)

KCAA’s learn to Skate for Hockey program is built for children 3 and up with little or no skating experience.

This introductory class is for children who want to begin their hockey journey or just want to learn to skate.

Each class is approximately 50 minutes. Please come at least 15 minutes before to dress and prepare your child. Full equipment is not required but recommended.

A CSA approved helmet with cage, gloves or mitts and skates are mandatory. Jersey and socks will be provided by Timbits Canada. Your child can bring a hockey stick as there will be a short time at the end of the skate to play.

There will be 2 certified Canskate instructors leading the program and other volunteers. If you would like more information on Canskate please visit:

Beginner / Intermediate Hockey Development
(Max 10 years old)

Price: $275 (Maximum 20 registrants – so register fast)
Full equipment required

KCAA’s Beginner/Intermediate Hockey program is designed for children preferably 4 and up.

Participants should be proficient in their skating, turning and stopping. There will be continued development of skating skills, plus basic stickhandling,  shooting/passing.

Each class will be approximately 50 minutes. Please arrive 30 minutes before to dress and prepare for the skate. Players will be broken up into different groups according to their skill level.

All skaters are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet with a full facial mask. Full hockey equipment with a stick is required (please remember the neck guard). Jerseys and socks will be provided by Timbits Canada.

There will be various coaches and developers on the ice each week as well as several volunteers to ensure ratios are kept low.


Samantha Skene is a figure skater from Toronto who became a Skate Canada Professional Coach as early as she could be certified. After teaching figure skating for a couple years, she branched off into hockey and worked her way up to AAA and OHL/Pro hockey players. She has been the Sudbury Wolves skating coach for 2 seasons now. Samantha has the same philosophy with all her students, and that is to help develop their skating to their best possible ability.

Vanessa Bairos is a Certified Skate Canada Regional and first aid certified coach who has been coaching for 10 years with skaters of all different levels in figure skating and hockey. She currently coaches at multiple rinks throughout the GTA.
Vanessa herself has been skating for 24 years and continues her love and passion of skating through her coaching. She enjoys sharing her passion of the sport with her students and encourages them to challenge themselves every lesson.

Kyle Brownell has been coaching hockey and various other sports for the last 30 years. He has a Bachelor’s of Physical Education, a Master’s in Sport Psychology, a Teaching Degree and was working on his PhD in Motor Control. He was a Student Sport Psychologist for Brock’s Women’s Hockey, while his thesis/research was with the Brock’s Men’s Hockey Team. His PhD investigated children’s hand/eye co-ordination development. As a graduate of the University of Toronto Teacher’s College, he specialized in elementary and high school. Kyle taught University and College courses in Motor Control, Sport Psychology, Sport Ethics, and Coaching. After 8 years of teaching postsecondary education, he has devoted his attention to his wife, four children and coaching hockey.

Unfortunately, there is no longer available space in either of the programs as both of them were filled up within 5 minutes of opening the registration link!  If you’d like to join our waitlist, please click on the button below to fill out the registration form and we will contact you if space becomes available.

Past Events

2022/2023 KCAA Future Stars Hockey Program
Season 1


Dates: Sundays 4-5pm (excluding holidays)
Location: Markham Centennial (8600 McCowan Road, Markham, Ontario, L3P 3M2)
Programs: 10 sessions + 1 Family skate + Timbits Maple Leaf Game (vs. Habs) only ages 4-8 (Additional $75 if selected)

What is provided:
– Jersey, socks and 2 free skate sharpens at Hockey Lion provided for all registrants.
– KCAA skate mat & True Water bottle (offered to the first 15 to register and pay).
– Also a chance to win various prizes (sticks, full hockey starter equipment set, Adult Nike Golf bag, etc.).




Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Family Skate
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
Session 10
Timbits Game