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Hockey Clinics and Development

Hockey Clinics and Development at MedStar Capitals Iceplex

MedStar Capitals Iceplex offers hockey programs for all ages and abilities. Our mission is to provide an atmosphere of learning and fun that results in a lifelong enjoyment of the game of hockey.

For information on Youth and Adult Learn-to-Play programs, click HERE.


Mondays are for HOCKEY SCHOOL!! 

Beginning Monday, September 28th, CHA coaches will offer unique instructional programs: 

  1. Hockey Skating School
  2. Scoring School - FRIDAYS ADDED FOR OCTOBER!
  3. Elite Skating & Skills 
  4. Hour of Power ADDED FRIDAYS 10/9 - 10/30

Programs are available for youth and adult players with varying levels of experience. These activities are for skaters only and not appropriate for goalies. 

Registration for each program is available in DASH. Players may sign up for individual sessions HERE  

Be sure you are logged in and select the proper player from the dropdown, then choose the weeks you would like to register for. 


- Players must adhere to all Medstar health and safety guidelines to ensure the continued safety of our skaters and staff.
- Full gear is required for all participants.
- Refunds are not offered.
- These activities are for players with the noted experience. If you have questions about eligibility or registration, please email


Sarah Cammarata and other Capitals Hockey Academy coaches will put players through various power skating drills that work on proper technique, edge control, balance, agility, and breakaway speed. 

Sarah has worked with players of all levels, including elite players from the top Junior program in the United States (USHL), all the way down to beginner 8U players. 

Players must have prior playing experience (Tier 1, Tier 2, House League (RHL), Adult League or Adult LTP)  

Monday Afternoons 
September 28 - December 14 
(No Class October 26) 
1:45pm – 2:30pm 
Fee $50 per session



This is an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of all shots and use these concepts on the ice. 
Sessions will teach players how to shoot the puck quicker, with more velocity, and increased accuracy. 

On ice instruction by Capitals Hockey Academy staff. Players will be grouped by ability into scoring stations. 

Players ages 8 & up are invited to participate - adults are welcome! Players must have hockey experience. 

Monday Afternoons 
September 28 - December 14 
2:50pm – 3:40pm 
On October 26 ONLY, three sessions are offered: 1:40-2:30, 2:50-3:40pm, & 4:00-4:50pm. 
Fee $40 per session 

Fridays 10/2 - 10/30


MedStar Capitals Iceplex coaches will put players through various power skating drills that teach the proper techniques of skating and edge control.

Skaters will receive a total of one hour of on-ice instruction that develops speed, quickness, and agility to stay a step ahead of the competition.

This clinic is for Tier 1, Tier 2, House League (RHL), and Adult League players. Ages 9+.

Friday Evenings
October 9 - October 30
Fee: $40 per session
No Refunds will be given. Full gear is required for all participants.


Sarah Cammarata and Ben Kwon will put elite players through 25 minutes of power skating drills (edge control, proper technique, breakaway speed, etc.) and 25 minutes of skills work (puck control, stick handling, dekes and fakes, etc.). 

Players aged 10U-18U that are playing at the AAA or AA level, Juniors, and/or College are welcome. Players playing ‘Upper A’ or lower need the permission from the Hockey Director before signing up. 

Monday Afternoons 
September 28 - December 14 
(No Class October 26) 
4:00pm – 4:50pm 
Fee $55 per session 

Join our Capitals Hockey Academy Open Sports Group for Small Group Lessons

Small Group Lessons remain in our Open Sports platform.   If you have joined the group and are logged into Open Sports in the same browser then you will see the events populated on this calendar.  Be sure to download the Open Sports app for the best experience.

Email our or message the event manager in the Opensports event if you have questions about program eligibility.


Hockey Lessons

Caps Academy staff are available for small group hockey skills lessons.

These lessons are currently available through the OpenSports platform.
Small group training lessons are geared toward players seeking to train at an affordable rate with great personal instruction. Each group consists of 4 to 8 players. Although each group does not have to be on the same team, Caps Academy staff groups players at a similar skill or age level, allowing each player to work toward becoming a better hockey player at his or her development level.

Caps Academy small group lessons are for players who would like to get some extra work on specific hockey skills in an intimate setting. These sessions allow our coaches to work 1-on-1 with the players in a small group setting, and really focus on the needs of each player.

Small group lessons are held with Caps Academy coaches on select weekdays.
Advanced registration is strongly encouraged as spaces are limited.

To ensure the safety and productivity of all players and coaches, please register for the appropriate age and/or ability level grouping - Mites through Adults.
Caps Academy reserves the right to move players to a more appropriate group if necessary.


Hockey Director Brad Surdam

Brad is a long time native of Northern Virginia and has played for numerous organizations in the area, including the Washington Little Capitals, Junior Capitals, Junior Nationals, Reston Raiders, and Northern Virginia Ice Dogs.

After playing with the Washington Junior Nationals for the 2006-2007 season, Brad continued playing at Lebanon Valley College (NCAA D-III) and also played professional hockey with the Cape Cod Bluefins (FHL).

Brad spent the previous four seasons coaching teams with the Little Capitals at the U14 and U16 age groups. He has enjoyed successful seasons with those teams and produced a NJPHL championship, been in the AYHL championship game, and been a PVAHA regional champion. He attributes his coaching success to the American Development Model (ADM).

Ben Kwon

A Washington native, Ben began his hockey career locally playing for both the Montgomery Blue Devils and The Washington Little Capitals. He played Junior Hockey for the  Shelburne Wolves franchise Ontario Provincial Junior “A” All-Star, and team captain.  Ben went on to play for Lebanon Valley College (NCAA D3).  All-Star rookie his first year, all-star his second and third years, and all-conference his senior year were awarded him as he became the first defenseman in LVC’s history to score over 100 points. After  graduation he  played for the  SEHL(South East Hockey LEAGUE)  Cape Fear Fire Antz. Ben is an experienced hockey skills coach, with a talent for infecting youth hockey players with a passion for the game, and the knowledge to help them turn their passion into results.  Ben  is a USA hockey level 4 coach.

Kyle Sennott

Coming from Illinois, Kyle has played for multiple organizations in the Chicago area, including the Naperville Sabres, the Chicago Mission and Neuqua Wildcats. After finishing his youth hockey career, Kyle continued playing at Southern Illinois (ACHA). Kyle has spent four seasons in coaching teams with both the Wilmette Braves (AHAI) and with New Trier High School (Scholastic Hockey Leauge). Kyle attributes his coaching success to training under Chicago Blackhawks skating coach Brian Keane, as well as many of the previous coaches he has had in his playing career. He is most looking forward to working with player development so they can be successful in the next stage of their playing careers. Kyle is a Level 3 USA Hockey certified coach.

Brent Johnson

Former NHL Goalie Brent Johnson played for the Washington Capitals before finishing his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Johnson played 12 seasons in the NHL.  Originally from Farmington, MI, Johnson played junior hockey for Owen Sound in the OHL before being drafted by St. Louis in 1995.  Johnson began his NHL career in St. Louis before moving to Phoenix and then the Washington Capitals.  Johnson finished his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012.   Johnson hails from a hockey-rich family, his father Bob Johnson also played goalie for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and his grandfather Sid Abel is in the NHL Hall of Fame.  In addition to coaching, Johnson covers the Washington Capitals providing analysis for Comcast Sports Network.  Brent is excited to develop goalies in the DC AREA.