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Hockey Clinics and Development

Summer Hockey Clinics are Open!

Summer Clinics are open for registration!


Join us on the ice this summer for clinics and class for 8U to adult.



A note on all Summer Hockey clinics listed here.

  • All Summer Hockey clinics open for registration Monday, April 1 at 10am.
  • For the safety and enjoyment of all participants, please adhere to the noted requirements for age and level of play.
  • Full gear is required for all activities.
  • There are no refunds.
  • Not all programs are appropriate for goalies. Please see specific registration regarding goalie eligibility, registration, and instruction.

All programs listed here are $320 for the 8-week series unless otherwise noted.

Participants will submit their 2023-2024 or 2024-2025 USA Hockey number at registration if they have not previously done so.


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.

Players & Goalies are welcome. Please use the designated registration. **Goalies may skate at no charge, but no instruction will be provided.**

This clinic is offered in two series:

Wednesday evenings
June 12 - August 14
NO CLASS June 26 and July 3.

Thursday evenings
June 13 - August 15
NO CLASS June 27 and July 4.

Goalie: no fee, but no instruction will be provided.


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 2010-2017. This program will sell out - Register early!

This activity is not for goalies.

Saturday afternoons
June 22 - August 17
No class 7/6

Player: $248


Hockey students will focus on learning and work on mastering the many different ways to score within the game through the Shoot to Score summer clinic.

Player's will be put through drills that work on their:

  • Deception
  • Breakaway moves
  • Shooting Techniques
  • Shot Strength
  • Shooting Accuracy
  • Quick Release

MedStar Capitals Iceplex coaches will provide proper instruction, technique, and feedback to players. Shoot to Score is open to House League – Travel A players with birth years 2012-2016.

Players & Goalies are welcome. Please use the designated registration. **Goalies may skate at no charge, but no instruction will be provided.**

Tuesday evenings
June 11 - August 13
NO CLASS 6/25 and 7/2

Goalie: no fee, but no instruction will be provided.


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 house league experience or higher.
2017 birthyears and older. Youth and adult players are welcome.

This activity is not for goalies.

This clinic is offered in two series:

Tuesday evenings
June 11 - August 13
NO CLASS on 6/25 and 7/2.

Thursday evenings
June 13 - August 15
NO CLASS on 6/27 and 7/4.


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 2006-2013 birthyear players with Tier 1 and Tier 2 experience.

This activity is not for goalies.

Tuesday evenings
June 11 - August 13
No class 6/25 and 7/2.


Summer 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 2012-2017.

Players & Goalies are welcome. Please use the designated registration. **Goalies may skate at no charge, but no instruction will be provided.**

Wednesday evenings
June 12 - August 14
NO CLASS 6/26 and 7/3.

Goalie: no fee, but no instruction will be provided.


Serious hockey students will focus on proper skating technique and adding explosive movements to their game. Players will work on and take part in:

  • Proper skating stride extension and recovery
  • Explosive starts/stops
  • Resistance training drills

Players will receive advanced training and should have at least two seasons of house league experience.

Birthyears 2015 and older. Youth and adult players are welcome.

This activity is not for goalies.

Wednesday evenings
June 12 - August 14
No class 6/26 and 7/3.


Friday Nite 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 2016-2019 that have a minimum of Learn-To-Play Hockey 1.  Players with 6U or 8U house league experience are welcome, too!

Players & goalies welcome. All participants please use the same registration.

Fridays evenings
June 21-August 16
No class 7/5

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.

Hockey Lessons

Please observe all resctrictions for the safety of all participants. No refunds are offered.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 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 if noted.
Caps Academy reserves the right to move players to a more appropriate group if necessary.

Lessons will continue throughout the summer. July registration opens July 1 @ 10am.
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, Small Group lessons fees with Coach Ben and Coach Sergei will be $56. There is no change to Coach Brent Johnson's goalie ice time fee of $18. Goalies will continue to pay Coach Brent their lesson fee directly.

Register for SGL in Daysmart. Please note - all sessions subject to change based on the Capitals schedule.

Choose your coach, your dates, and times. You can register for one or more sessions at a time. Session registrations are posted approximately three weeks ahead.

There are NO REFUNDS for these classes. If you wish to switch dates or times, please EMAIL 48 hours before your session.


If you have questions about registration, please email, being sure to include the player's name and class you are interested in.

Lessons are 45 minutes:

  • 6:00am-6:45am
  • 6:45am-7:30am
  • 7:30am-8:15am

Fees for Coach Ben Kwon and Coach Sergei Nikolaev will be $55 per session.
Ice fee paid through DaySmart for Coach Brent is $18. Goalies will pay Coach Brent their own lesson fee separately to Coach Brent directly.


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. 

Sergei Nikolaev

Sergei is a graduate of the Diesel Hockey School (formerly Dieselist) in the city of Penza, which has great hockey traditions in Russia. He started working as a coach in 2008 in his hometown. In 2013, he received the 1st level of coaching certification. His Diesel 12U AAA team won the silver medal at the Volga region championship in 2013-2014. Sergei also contributed to the development of non-professional adult hockey leagues in the region.

In 2015, Sergei was invited to be the head coach of the famous tryout junior tournament “Your Chance”, held by the Kontinental hockey league (KHL).

From 2016 to 2022, Sergei worked with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation as the Head of National Development Program for hockey players. At the same time, in 2017 he graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sports, Youth and Tourism, diploma with honors.

In 2018, he became the author of the first edition of the National Players’ Development Program “Red Machine”, which is now being used in most ice hockey sports schools in Russia. During that period Sergei conducted workshops and training for young hockey players and goalies. He organized and was a speaker at international hockey conferences and forums. Participated as a scout at the Russian Junior 16U Championship.

During the 2022-2023 season Sergei worked as the Head of Hockey Development for the Bosnia & Herzegovina Ice Hockey Federation, coaching juniors of various age groups from 6U to the National Team, with which he won a silver medal at the World Championship Div. III as an assistant coach. Also in 2023, he participated in the IIHF Member National Association Developer Program.

In September 2023, at the invitation of the Royal Belgium Ice Hockey Federation, Sergei led Coach Certification courses for Goalie Coaches from all of their local youth associations.

Sergei moved to this area in December 2023 and is very excited to join the Medstar Capitals Iceplex coaching staff to share his extensive knowledge & experience of international hockey player development with the local players.

Sergei is married and has two daughters, 12 and 7 years old.