Our mission is to provide socially and economically disadvantaged boys and girls in the Greater Pittsburgh area the opportunity to learn to play the game of ice hockey.
Our Vision is for all underprivileged children to have the opportunity to learn to play the game of ice hockey at local community rinks.
Pittsburgh ICE, which is part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone™ program (HIFE), is committed to offering children of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn to play the game of ice hockey. The HIFE initiative leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to help children learn essential life skills, education and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance, and teamwork. Although hockey is our primary mission, our other goals are to teach leadership skills, commitment to education, and community service.
Pittsburgh ICE (formerly called Hockey in the Hood) began its innagural season on December 4th 2000. With a grant from the National Hockey League and the Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni, the program was developed under the umbrella of the National Hockey League diversity Task Force.
For over the past 12 seasons, this program has provided ice hockey instruction to over 700 kids throughout the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area. Hockey is For Everyone is the theme of the program. The boys and girls of this program have been able to participate with the goal of playing hockey on local amateur and high school teams.
Pittsburgh ICE is an IRC 501(c)(3) organization.