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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.


Mite Specialty Clinic Spring Break

Learn the proper fundamental shooting, stickhandling, and passing techniques to give players the best opportunity to score more goals and more assists.

The basics will be emphasized to ensure each player has a solid technical foundation from which to grow. Specific moves/dekes, types of shots, and passing situations will challenge each player.

Ages 20114-2011 birthyears.
Players should have at least 1 session of youth LTP classes or previous Minimite or Mite league experience.

Dates and times:
April 15 - April 18

Registration fee: $150 per player.

Please note refund policy on website.

Super Skills Spring Break Clinic

Work with MedStar Capitals Iceplex’s Hockey Director and instructors on developing your skating, passing, shooting, and stickhandling skills through a variety of drills.

Players will test their acquired skills through a series of similar events seen at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition such as ‘Accuracy Shooting’ and ‘Fastest Skater.’

Ages: 2010-2001 birthyears
This holiday clinic is for players with youth house league experience or higher.

Dates and times: 
April 15 - April 18

Registration Fee: $175/per player.

Please note refund policy on our website.

Contact Confidence Clinic March 2019

MedStar Capitals Iceplex’s Contact Confidence clinic is designed to ease the transition into Bantams, in which body checking is permitted.  We will help train your game so that you have the skills and confidence to play to the best of your abilities in tight, physical situations while also reducing the likelihood of injury.  

Participants will receive:
•    3 hours of on-ice professional instruction
•    3 hours of off-ice technique training and classroom instruction. 
•    Instruction from coaches that focuses on developing skills: angling, positioning, technique, ice awareness, injury prevention, and more.
•    A low player to coach ratio that facilitates one-on-one interaction. Up to four coaches on the ice.
•    Players will be assigned to small groups based on skill level: Elite (AAA), Travel, Select, and Recreation
•    A maximum of 32 participants per age group will be allowed and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration and daily schedule is by age grouping.

2008-2007 Birthyears Register Here.
Dates and times:
3/29 - Off-ice 5:00pm-6:00pm, On-ice 6:10pm-7:10pm
3/30 - Off-ice 5:00pm-6:00pm, On-ice 6:10pm-7:10pm
3/31 - Off-ice 10:50am-11:50am, On-ice 12:00pm-1:00pm

2006-2001 Birthyears Register Here.
Dates and times:
3/29 - Off-ice 6:00pm-7:00pm, On-ice 7:10pm-8:10pm
3/30 - Off-ice 6:00pm-7:00pm, On-ice 7:10pm-8:10pm
3/31 - Off-ice 11:50am-12:50pm, On-ice 1:00pm-2:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: All dates and times subject to change due to the Capitals schedule and enrollment numbers.

Registration fee:
$300 per player

Please note: Interested GOALIES should contact Please do not register at this time.

Refunds are not offered for MedStar Capitals Iceplex Clinics.


Tuesdays and Thursday

Hockey Lessons

Caps Academy staff are available for small group hockey skills lessons.
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
Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

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.

Refunds are not offered for small group registration.

We encourage you to register by 7pm the night before your lesson.

Small Group Lesson fee - $50
Log in, select the participant, then choose each session you would like to attend. 


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.

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.