Play it safe at South Suburban!

Thank you for being a loyal and supportive patron of South Suburban Parks and Recreation. We appreciate your patience and understanding during our closures due to COVID-19.

South Suburban wants you to play it safe! Several of our facilities are opening in accordance with the Safer at Home guidelines. Learn more at

Youth Hockey At South Suburban

From Mighty Mites, 8U, Squirts and Midgets, to Hockey Pre 1 to Hockey 6, our instructors are some of the best in the region and are eager to help your kids expand their knowledge of the game, grow their skills and advance to the next level. Are your kids ready to play? Check out our rec and travel programs.

Instructional Programs

Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Hockey

Registration and additional information for our instructional classes:

Have questions about our Learn to Play Hockey program? Check out our Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey FAQ.

Mighty Mites

  • Learn basic hockey skills
  • Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm
  • Geared toward 4-6 year old skaters
  • Skaters learn fundamental skills of skating with stick and puck (stickhandling, passing, shooting, team paly, and game situations)
  • Register Here


Rec Hockey

USA Hockey and the AYHL rec program encourages a non-competitive environment, in which children can learn basic skills of hockey without the distractions that are often associated with competitive travel hockey. Each team will get one practice and one game a week. There are no games or practices during the Mile High Meltdown (President's Day) Tournament. For more information on rec hockey please visit Arapahoe Youth Hockey

Eight and Under

  • Players will be placed on a team according to age and/or ability
  • Practices will be 1 HOUR cross ice with up to six teams per session
  • Increase opportunities for players to touch and handle the puck
  • Stress participation, fun and skill development
  • Provide a positive environment for learning the fundamental skills of hockey
  • Encourage creativity with and without the puck

Squirt Through Midget 

  • Practices will be 1 HOUR of half ice with 2 teams sharing the ice
  • Games will be full ice
  • Scores and league standings are kept electronically
  • AYHL recreation players cannot be rostered with another association
  • Teams play in the CRHL (Colorado Recreational Hockey League)
  • Teams are limited to two tournaments per season in addition to the Mile High Meltdown
  • Multiple skill sessions, taught by Thunderbirds coaches
  • 42 Ice touches

Travel Hockey 

The Arapahoe Youth Hockey League

  • There may be as many as 2-3 practices a week with additional time for off ice training.
  • Be prepared to sacrifice holiday breaks to attend tournaments.

For more information on Travel Hockey, please visit Arapahoe Youth Hockey.

Contact Info

Travel Director
Kelly Hollingshead

Rec Director
Scott Gauerke

Ice Office Administrator
Susan Pfeiffer

Ice Office Scheduler
Christine Maciolek