Youth hockey players are required to wear a variety of safety equipment, such as shoulder pads to protect from high-impact hits and mouth guards to protect the Tooth Fairy from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Have sympathy for a penniless pixie with today's Groupon: for $425, you get enrollment for one child in the Nytex youth hockey league at Nytex Sports Centre in North Richland Hills (up to a $925 value).
The staff at Nytex Sports Centre gathers athletes ages 6–14 for rousing ice-rink competition in its annual youth hockey leagues. Players are divvied up into leagues by age, including Mite (players age 8 and under), Squirt (ages 9–10), Peewee (ages 11–12), Bantam (ages 13–14), and Triassic (ages 200,000,000+). League activities kick off with a player evaluation on Saturday, September 10 for Mites, and Thursday, September 15 for all other levels. Squirts, Peewees, and Bantams careen across the rink during 20 puck-pummeling weekend games, 20 practices, and a special holiday weekend tournament. Mites practice power plays in 25 American Development Model practices, 10 Mite jamborees, 12 regular season ADM games, and a post-season tournament.
League play runs from September until March, and all participants receive a game jersey, socks, and an incisor from Wayne Gretzky's set of porcelain veneers. All practices and games are held at the Nytex Sports Centre, also the home of the Central Hockey League’s Texas Brahmas. Youth league participants cheer the Brahmas on with four complimentary home game tickets.
Although Nytex Sports Centre sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
NYTEX Sports Centre
On any given day, NYTEX Sports Centre's expansive compound—with plentiful courts, fields, and an ice rink—can simultaneously host a youth soccer match, a women's flat-track roller derby, and a rowdy Brahmas hockey game. As a hub for world-class competitors and recreational athletes of all kinds, the 140,000-square-foot playpen welcomes casual skaters to explore the same full-size rink the pros play on during open-skate sessions and amateur hockey leagues. NYTEX's birthday-party packages also grant rink access to partygoers for celebratory skating and "Happy Birthday" songs sung by a chorus of revving Zambonis. Special community events, such as the annual Armed Forces Hockey Classic, call the sport's complex their home, while the on-site Italian restaurant, ZuRoma, replenishes calories spent cheering on favorite teams.
North Richland Hills
8851 Icehouse Dr.
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180Get Directions