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Program Information

Meet our Director of Hockey Operations

Over the past 30+ years one name above all has been linked with Northern California player development. Derek Eisler has been a driving force in helping young hockey players reach their potential and take their game to the NCAA Div 1 and Professional level.

Derek’s coaching career started in Northern California. His first paid coaching responsibility was in 1988. His 30 years of coaching has taken him from youth hockey (Norcal Rep Club, IMG Academy, Jr Sharks, Stockton Colts), to Junior Hockey (Rochester Mustangs (2), Billings Bulls) to Professional Hockey (China Sharks), NHL (San Jose Sharks) and International Hockey (Swiss Summer Teams (5), Israel/Canada Hockey School). 

What sets Derek apart from everyone else in Northern California are his connections within the hockey community. Derek has worked extensively with coaches and general managers around the hockey world to promote Northern California kids to higher levels in hockey. Leagues that Derek has worked with or has been associated: (BCHL, SJHL, MJHL, NAHL, USHL, NCAA Div. 1 and 3, WHL, ECHL, NHL) and Tier 3 Jr. A (CSHL (now NA3), WSHL, AWHL, Nor Pac). AAA programs and Prep Schools across the country. 


The Stockton Jr. Colts Try Hockey 4 Free program offers first-time boys and girls hockey players the chance to get on the rink in full hockey equipment for free. They will receive 4 sessions of instruction on the basics of hockey as well as learn how to skate properly.   To learn more about this program click here.

IN-HOUSE HOCKEY PROGRAM (Run by Oak Park Ice Arena in Partnership with Stockton Jr. Colts)
The IN-HOUSE  Program is designed to introduce your child to the game of ice hockey. Basic individual hockey skills including skating, passing, stick handling, and shooting through cross-ice mini games and skill development practices will be taught.  Players will be grouped according to skill level.

PROGRAM FEE: $325.00 (Jersey Included in cost) $300.00 for returning players.

USA Hockey Membership is required. Please visit if you need to register. 

PROGRAM INCLUDES: 16 week program
Saturday mornings 11:45am-12:40pm (Mite 8U & Squirt 10U)
Saturday afternoon 12:45pm-1:40pm (PeeWee 12U-H.S. 18U)
Monday nights 5:15pm-6:30pm. (All Players 8U-H.S.)

First session - 
Program ends -

All sessions held at Oak Park Ice Arena

EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR PARTICIPATION (not included in program fee but available in Pro shop):
- Helmet with facemask
- Elbow, Shoulder, and shin pads
- Gloves
- Stick
- Skates (can be rented)
- Hockey Socks
- Hockey Pants ("Shorts")