Grow the Game


Monsters team with local associations to promote youth hockey participation in Northeast Ohio.

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Wednesday that, for the first time, the team will partner with 12 local rinks and youth hockey associations this year, named as the Monsters’ 2018-19 Certified Learn to Play Programs, to help increase participation in youth hockey in Northeast Ohio as part of the team’s signature “Grow the Game” initiative.

Each of the Monsters’ 2018-19 Certified Learn to Play Programs will receive support from the Monsters in the form of physical resources, marketing help, and financial assistance. In return, selected programs will adhere to an agreed-upon standard of instruction and work with the Monsters to maximize the team’s impact on the youth hockey community in Northeast Ohio. For more information on the Monsters’ 2018-19 Certified Learn to Play Programs, visit

“As an organization, we are extremely excited to team up with our Certified Learn to Play partners,” said Monsters COO/SVP of Franchise Operations Mike Ostrowski on Wednesday. “Together, we look forward to continuing to support the growth of youth hockey in the greater Cleveland community and aiding these programs in expanding their reach and participation numbers in the coming season and beyond.”

              2019-2020 Cleveland Monsters Learn to Play Certified Programs

Organization Home Facility Community
North Olmsted Hockey Club North Olmsted Recreation Center North Olmsted, OH
AJ Vincent Beginner’s Program at Elyria North Park Ice Rink Elyria, OH
Brooklyn Youth Hockey John M. Coyne Recreation Center Brooklyn, OH
Canton-Akron Hockey Association Center Ice Sports Complex North Canton, OH
Cleveland Heights Hockey Cleveland Heights Community Center Cleveland Heights, OH
Cleveland Skating Club Cleveland Skating Club Shaker Heights, OH
Gilmour Youth Hockey Gilmour Ice Academy Gates Mills, OH
Lake Erie Panthers Hockey C.E. Orr Arena Euclid, OH
Learn to Play Hockey at Kent Kent State Ice Arena Kent, OH
Mentor Youth Hockey Mentor Civic Arena Mentor, OH
OBM Arena Learn to Play OBM Arena Strongsville, OH
Starter Hockey Program at The Pond The Pond Chagrin Falls, OH

The Cleveland Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Chairman and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA G League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.

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