Hockey was one of the first team sports organized by Sun Youth. Back in the 1950's, municipal arenas did not exist so the youngsters played hockey on an outdoor rink at Jeanne-Mance Park.
Today, thanks to a collaboration between the Park-Extension Youth Organization (PEYO), the Quebec Avalanche Hockey Club and Sun Youth, children from low-income families in Montreal can now learn to play hockey. Established in 2005, SLAP is a hockey development program specifically designed at making this sport accessible to disadvantaged kids. The young players, aged between 5 and 13 years old, evolve in a structured and non stressful environment under the supervision of volunteer coaches.
Since October 22, 2016, the SLAP program has expanded and is now available to young residents of Pierrefonds aged between 5 and 11 years old. Sponsored by the City of Montreal and the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough, this hockey development program takes place at the Pierrefonds Sportplexe.