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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.



Have you ever wanted to do the same drills that are at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition? Well, now you can.

Work with MedStar Capitals Iceplex's Hockey Director and instructors on skating, passing, shooting, and stickhandling. Over the first two days, players will go through a variety of drills that develop critical skills which help players reach their fullest potential on the ice.

On the third day, players will test their skills through a series of events such as "Accuracy Shooting" and "Fastest Skater," so they can compare their results vs. the pro's.

Players should have league experience - Tier 1, Tier 2/Travel, and Recreational (RHL) league players are welcome.

12/27 4:40pm-5:40pm
12/28 4:40pm-5:40pm
12/29 9:10am-10:10am

2010 Birthyear and older

$150 per person


MedStar Capitals Iceplex' Contact Confidence Clinic is designed to eas the transition into Bantams, in which players will now be able to check. We will help train your game so that you have the skills and confidence to play to the best of your abilities in tich, physical situations while also reducing the likelihood of injury.

Participants will receive:
- 3+ hours of on-ice professional instruction
- 2.5+ 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 ration that facilitates one-on-one interaction.
- Up to four coaches on the ice.
- Clinics are primarily designed for players entering their first season of body checking, but 2008-2001 birthyear players are welcome.
- Players will be assigned to small groups based on skill level: Elite (AAA), Travel, Select, and Recreation.
- A maximum of 32 participants will be allowed and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Players should have league experience - Tier 1, Tier 2/Travel, and Recreational (RHL) league players are welcome.

(Players should bring off-ice workout gear, including sneakers. Players will also wear full for most off-ice training, except with sneakers instead of skates).
12/27 Off-ice 6:00pm-7:00pm
          On-ice 7:10pm-8:10pm

12/28 Off-ice 6:00pm-7:00pm
          On-ice 7:10pm-8:10pm

12/29 Off-ice 10:20am-11:20am
          On-ice 11:30am-12:30pm

2008-2001 Birthyears (Registration is divided by birthyear. Please sign up for your age division.)

$300 per person

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


Young hockey players will learn fundamental hockey skills while having fun on the ice! Each action-packed session will include stickhandling, shooting, and skating skills instruction that is guided by USA Hockey's American Development Model curriculum.

Players should have youth LTP class or minimite league or mite league experience.

12/27 3:30pm-4:30pm
12/28 3:30pm-4:30pm
12/29 8:00am-9:00am

Birthyears 2014-2011

$135 per person

Wednesday mornings available beginning in September!

Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday
6:00am-6:45am (Tuesday & Thursday ONLY)
6:45am-7:30am (Tues, Wed, Thurs)
7:30am-8:15am (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

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, Wednesday, 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 fees vary.
Log in, select the participant, then choose each session you would like to attend. 

NEW! Rapid Hands Stick Handling



Most sessions are filled, but a few spots are available and interested participants are welcome to join the waitlist. We will contact you if spots become available.

MedStar Capitals Iceplex Skills coach, Ben Kwon, will lead multiple 30-minute, high intensity off-ice stickhandling classes in the Mezzanine of MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Players will work on their puck handling skills, hand speed, and coordination, so they have more confidence on breakaways and one-on-one situations. 


Monday evenings
November 4th - December 16th

Session times:

Maximum 6 participants per session.

Ages 8-18 are welcome.

Players must have youth league experience or higher.

Players will need hockey stick, hockey gloves, sneakers, and appropriate off-ice workout attire.

COST: $25 per 30 minutes

No refunds will be given for these sessions.


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. 


Jay Williams is from McLean, Virginia, and played for multiple organizations in the area before he played at The Hotchkiss School. Williams was selected in both the USHL Futures Draft, 3rd overall, and the OHL Draft, 70th overall. Jay has attended USA Hockey’s National Player Development camp at 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U, and has represented the USA at the 17U 5 Nations Cup and 18U Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (Silver medalist).

Williams attended and played for Miami University (Ohio), NCAA Div. 1., where he would garner many prestigious accolades including: 2012-13 CCHA Champions, 2014-15 NCHC Champions, a nomination for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top player in college hockey), and a nomination for Mike Richter award (top goaltender in college hockey).

Jay has attended NHL and AHL Training Camps with the Washington Capitals and Toronto Marlies, respectively, and played professionally in the ECHL.

He will join both Capitals Hockey Academy and RHL teams during practices to work with the goalies within the programs.