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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.

Thanks for joining us for spring break camps and clinics.

Summer clinics and classes are coming soon!


Summer Hockey Clinics are now available for registration!

PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES:
Please refer to program descriptions for skill level required. For the safety and enjoyment of all participants, please register for the appropriate age and level.

If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Hockey@MedStarCapitalsIceplex.com, being sure to include the player's name, birthyear, and recent playing experience.

Full gear is required. Masks will be required on-ice.

Refunds are not offered for any hockey programs.

Players must submit their 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 USA Hockey number during registration. (If you have recently submitted your number, you may not be required to re-enter it.)

Once registered, please refer to your dash schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Speed & Agility

Serious hockey students will focus on speed, agility, and quickness within this program. Players will work on their:

  • Top-end speed
  • Power turns
  • Forward and backward cross-overs
  • Forward and backward transitions
  • Balance and edgework

Players will receive advanced training and should have at least two seasons of youth house league experience or higher.
Limited to 2014-2007 birthyears only.

This activity is not for goalies.

DATES:
Monday evenings
June 14 - August 9
6:40pm - 7:40pm
No class July 5.
All dates and times are subject to change.

FEE:
$304 for 8 weeks.

friday night mites

Friday Night Mites consists of games that develop hockey skills in a fun environment. Structured games will promote agility, balance, and coordination. Emphasis is on the A-B-C's of hockey and having fun!
This program is for players born between 2016-2013 that have a minimum of one session of Learn to Play. Players with 6U or 8U house league experience are welcome, too!
 

DATES:
Friday evenings
June 18 - August 6
5:30pm-6:30pm
No blackout dates for this class, but all dates and times are subject to change.

FEE:
$304 for 8 weeks
 

TOTAL ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT - TAD

Total Athlete Development (TAD) will develop your player's skills through drills that focus on:

  • Power skating
  • Puck control/puck handling
  • Passing & shooting
  • Team play and competitions

MedStar Capitals Iceplex coaches will provide proper instruction, technique, and feedback to players. Participants will be placed with skater of similar skill levels to ensure competitive play and player skill progression. TAD is open to House League - Travel A players birthyears 2014-2011.

This activity is not for goalies.

DATES:
Wednesday evenings
June 23 - August 18
5:20pm-6:20pm
No class July 7.
All dates and times are subject to change.

FEE:
$304 for 8 weeks

defensive skills and techniques

Defensive skills are essential for any aspiring hockey player that wants to excel in hockey.

This defensive clinic is designed to specifically focus on a variety of defensive techniques that will improve a players mental and on-ice skills. Players will develop their skills through creative and demanding drills so they may use them during their game.

Our on-ice training will focus on:

  • Shooting, Skating, and Breakout plays required for defensemen
  • Proper Gap Control from the offensive zone to defensive zone
  • Neutral Zone angling
  • Offensive and Defensive Zone tactics and positionin
  • Reading and reacting to 1-on-1, 2-on-1, 2-on-2’s, 3-on-2 situations
  • Relieving pressure by skating or passing
  • Taking the body properly and effectively
  • How to use your stick effectively

These sessions are for 2010-2003 birthyear players with Tier 1 and Tier 2 experience.
This activity is not for goalies.

DATES:
Tuesday evenings
June 15 - August 10
8:00p-9:00pm
No class July 6.
All dates and times are subject to change.

FEE:
$304 for 8 weeks.

POND HOCKEY

Pond Hockey on the Roof allows for players to develop their creativity, puck handling, deke and score ability, and other skills in the same way that many of the greatest hockey players did: on the Pond and without structured coaching. MedStar Capitals Iceplex coaches will divide the ice into thirds, split the players up according to birth year and skill, and then start 4v4 or 3v3 cross-ice games.
Coaches will then get out of the way and let the kids play and HAVE FUN!!

Pond hockey on the roof is open to birthyears 2014-2007. This program will sell out - Register early!

This activity is not for goalies.

DATES:
Pond hockey is offered on two different days. Be sure to register for the session you wish to attend.

Saturday afternoons 
3:00pm-4:00pm
June 12 - August 7
No class on July 3.

Monday evenings
5:20pm-6:20pm
June 14 - August 9
No class on July 5.

All dates and times are subject to change.

FEE:
$304 for 8 weeks.

Adult Skill Builder

Each week, adult league/adult LTP players will focus on learning and executing a specific skill set:

  • Elements of power skating
  • Passing Technique
  • Stickhandling
  • Shooting technique
  • Proper positioning for all 3 zones
  • Team play in game situations
  • Offensive zone/defensive zone
  • Game play

Adult Skill Builder is a high-energy program! Skaters should be prepared for an intense practice intended to build stamina, skill, and endurance.
Prerequisite: Skaters should have completed at least one session of Adult LTP or participated in Adult LTP League or higher. Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced players welcome.

This program is for players 18 and up (as of program start date) only.

DATES:
Monday evenings
June 23 - August 18
8:00-9:00pm
No class on July 7th.
All dates and times are subject to change.

FEE: $304 for 8 classes.
Players please use player registration.
Goalies, please use goalie registration - there is no fee for goalies, however instruction will not be provided.

SPRING HOCKEY CLINICS

Spring Hockey clinics for youth and adult players and goalies. Please note all age and ability levels noted on registrations.

- Tryout Prep
- Hour of Power
- Elite Defensive Skills
- Scoring School (OpenSports drop-in)
- Elite Skating (OpenSports drop-in)

Please note all activity dates and times. Not all activities meet each week. After registering, be sure to check your dash* account for al the latest dates and times!


Note regarding all activities listed here:

No refunds are given for any clinics.*
Full gear is required. Participants will observe all covid protocols and masks will be worn on the ice for the activities listed here.

REGISTER TODAY!

*View Opensports schedules for drop-in OpenSports activites. OpenSports drop-in activities refund policy differs.

ELITE DEFENSIVE SKILLS

Defensive skills are essential for any aspiring hockey player that wants to excel in hockey.

This defensive clinic is designed to specifically focus on a variety of defensive techniques that will improve a players mental and on-ice skills. Players will develop their skills through creative and demanding drills so they may use them during their game.

Our on-ice training will focus on:

  • Shooting, Skating, and Breakout plays required for defensemen
  • Proper Gap Control from the offensive zone to defensive zone
  • Neutral Zone angling
  • Offensive and Defensive Zone tactics and positioning
  • Reading and reacting to 1-on-1, 2-on-1, 2-on-2’s, 3-on-2 situations
  • Relieving pressure by skating or passing
  • Taking the body properly and effectively
  • How to use your stick effectively

These sessions are for 2010-2003 birthyear players with Elite/AAA/AA experience.

Contact BSurdam@MedStarCapitalsIceplex.com if you would like to attend but don’t have the above experience.

 

Dates:
Series #1: 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
Series #2: 5/5, 5/12, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16

Time: 6:30p-7:30p

Cost: $300 per series

Maximum of 24 players

This clinic is for players/skaters only.

HOUR OF POWER

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+.

Wednesdays from 8:00p-9:00p
Series #1: 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
Series #2: 5/5, 5/12, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16

Fee: $200 per series

Please note:

Full gear is required for all participants. 

 

SCORING SCHOOL!

GET THE SCORER’S EDGE at SCORING SCHOOL!
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.

Drop in to Scoring School’s 50-minute on-ice sessions.
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! Advanced Registration is required. Full gear is required and players must have hockey experience.
Participants must observe covid protocols and will wear masks while on the ice for this activity.

Fee: $40/session
Monday afternoons

Full gear and masks are required for this activity.

Registration is in OPENSPORTS. Please note OpenSports 12-hour withdrawal/refund policy for this drop-in activity.

TRYOUT PREP

MedStar Capitals Iceplex’s Tryout Preparation program is designed to sharpen your player's skills (skating, puck control, passing, shooting, and team play) before their upcoming tryouts.  

2012-2010 birthyears:
Series #1: 3/23, 3/25, 4/6, 4/8, 4/13, 4/15, 4/20, 4/22 – 5:20p-6:20p 
Series #2: 4/27, 4/29, 5/4, 5/6, 5/11, 5/13 – 5:20p-6:20p 

2009-2007 birthyears 
Series #1: 3/23, 3/25, 4/6, 4/8, 4/13, 4/15, 4/20, 4/22 – 6:40p-7:40p
Series #2: 4/27, 4/29, 5/4, 5/6, 5/11, 5/13 – 6:40p-7:40p 

All dates/times subject to change. 

Cost:  
$320 for series #1 
$240 for series #2 

The Tryout Preparation program is to prepare your player for tryouts by having them participate in drills that focus on:  
- Power Skating
- Puck Control/Stickhandling  
- Passing & Shooting 
- Competitive drills 

MedStar Capitals Iceplex coaches will provide proper instruction, technique, and feedback to players. Participants will be placed with skaters of similar skill levels to ensure competitive play and player skill progression. This player development program is for players with Tier-2 Travel, House Select, and House League experience. 

Full gear is required.

ELITE SKATING & SKILLSĀ 

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 A' need the permission from the Hockey Director before signing-up.
Full gear is required for all participants.

Fee: $55/session
Monday afternoons beginning February 22

Full gear and masks are required for this activity.

Registration is in OPENSPORTS. Please note OpenSports 12-hour withdrawal/refund policy for this drop-in activity.

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 Hockey@MedStarCapitalsIceplex.com or message the event manager in the Opensports event if you have questions about program eligibility.

https://opensports.net/medstar-iceplex-capitals-hockey-academy

 

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.


MEET THE CAPS ACADEMY COACHING STAFF

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.