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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.


SUMMER YOUTH HOCKEY CLINICS

Register for summer hockey clinics today - clinics are available for Mites to Midgets!

Players can sign up for multiple programs at one time and SAVE:
- Pick any 3 programs per player and receive $30 off.
- Pick any 2 programs per player and receive $20 off

All dates and times are subject to change.
Participants must submit their 2018-19 or 2019-20 USAHockey number during registration.

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 2014-2011 that have a minimum of Learn-to-Play Hockey 1.

Friday evenings
June 21-August 16
5:30-6:30pm
No session 7/5

Cost: $280 for 8 weeks

Players must submit their 2018-19 or 2019-20 USA Hockey number during registration.
All dates and times are subject to change.
 

Technique & Power

Serious hockey students will focus on proper skating technique and adding explosive moements 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 youth house league experience. Limited to 2010-2003 birth years only.

Technique & Power will be held:
June 19 - August 14
Wednesday evenings
6:40-7:50pm
No class 7/3 and 7/10.

COST:
$245 for 7 weeks.

Players must submit their 2018-19 or 2019-20 USA Hockey number during registration.
All dates and times are subject to change.

POND HOCKEY ON THE ROOF

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.

Capitals Hockey Academy coaches will divide the ice into thirds, split the players up according to birthyear and skill, and then start 4v4 or 3v3 cross-ice games. Coaches will then get out of the way and let the kdis play and HAVE FUN!

Pond hockey on the Roof is open to birth years 2005-2012. Players and goalies welcome.

Saturdays
5-6pm
June 15-August 10
No session 7/6.

Cost: $280 for 8 weeks

Players must submit their 2018-19 or 2019-20 USA Hockey number during registration.
All dates and times are subject to change.

Total Athlete Development - TAD Mites/Squirts (2009-2012)

The Total Athlete Development - TAD - will develop your player's skills through drills that focus on:
- Power Skating
- Puck Control / Stickhandling
- Passing & Shooting
- Team Play and Competition

Capitals Hockey Academy 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. TAD is open to House League - Travel A players with birthyears 2009-2012

TAD (Mite/Squirt) will be held:
June 19 - August 14
Wednesday evenings
5:20-6:30pm
No class 7/3 and 7/10.

COST:
$245 for 7 weeks.

Players must submit their 2018-19 or 2019-20 USA Hockey number during registration.
All dates and times are subject to change.

Speed & Agility Clinic

Speed & Agility
Serious hockey students will focus on speed, agility, and quickness within this power skating program. Players will work on their:
- Quick starts
- Power turns
- Crossovers
- Forward and backward transitions
- Balance and edgework

Players will receive advanced training and should have least two seasons of youth house league experience.
Limited to 2012-2005 birthyears only.


June 17-August 12
Mondays, 6:50-8pm
No class on July 1.
NOTE ALTERED TIME on 7/8 only - 7:40-8:50pm

Cost: $280 for 8 weeks

Players must submit their 2018-19 or 2019-20 USA Hockey number during registration.
All dates and times are subject to change.

Questions about player readiness? Email Hockey@MedStarCapitalsIceplex.com. Be sure to include the player's name and birthdate.

Refunds are not offered for hockey clinics.

REGISTER TODAY!

SPRING LESSONS
Tuesdays and Thursday
6am-6:45am
6:45-7:30am
7:30-8:15am

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. 


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.