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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.


MedStar Capitals Iceplex’s Contact Confidence clinic is designed to ease the transition from 12U to 14U hockey, 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 tight, 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 instruction. 
•    Instruction from coaches that focuses on developing proper body checking skills.
•    A low player to coach ratio that facilitates one-on-one interaction.
•    Clinics are primarily designed for players entering their first season of body checking.
•    Players will be assigned to small groups based on age and skill level
•    A maximum of 32 participants will be allowed and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration fee for this 2-day clinic is $300 per player. This class sells out early, so register early.

Ages: 2009-2002 birthyears (please use appropriate registration)

Dates and times (all players should attend all 3 sessions):

•    Sunday 3/22: 
•    Off-ice 10:50am-11:50am, On-ice 12:00pm-1:00pm 
•    Off-ice 5:20-6:20pm, On-ice 6:30pm-7:30pm
•    Monday 3/23:
•    Off-ice 5:50pm-6:50pm, On-ice 7:00pm-8:00pm

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

Refunds are not offered for MedStar Capitals Iceplex Clinics.

Full gear is required for all participants, including sneakers for off-ice training.


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. This player development program is for players with Tier-2 Travel, House Select, and House League experience. 

COST: $280 for 8 sessions

2011-2009 birthyears:
3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/14, 4/16, 4/21, 4/23 – 5:20p-6:20p 
4/15 – 6:20p-7:20p

2008-2006 birthyears:
3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/14, 4/16, 4/21, 4/23 – 6:30p-7:30p
4/15 – 7:30-8:30p 
All dates/times subject to change.
The Tryout Preparation program will 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 program is open to Travel A - House League players with birth years 2011-2006.

Refunds are not offered for this clinic. 



PowerPlay Camp will be on April 6th-April 9th, 2020.  

PowerPlay Camp is an all-day camp (830a-430p) that will focus on Power Skating in the morning and Cross-ice shin-hockey games in the afternoon. 

Each day, campers will be on the ice for two, one-hour ice sessions, take part in an age appropriate workout, and have an off-ice stickhandling session. Our first hour long on-ice session will focus solely on power skating and our second on-ice hour long session will feature shin-hockey games against similarly aged/skilled players in camp. 

Prerequisite: Ages 8-16. Players must have House Level, Travel Level, or Tier 1 experience for this camp. 

Fee: $400 per player. Maximum of 32 campers. This camp is for players and NOT goalies. 

Please note refund policy on our website. 


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

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

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

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.

Rapid Hands Stick Handling - TUESDAYS ADDED!



Updated on 2/13: Tuesday sessions added beginning March 10!

Rapid Hands Sessions are now open to adult participants.

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 & Tuesday evenings
November 4th - June, 16, 2020
(Tuesdays begins March 10)

Session times:

Maximum 6 participants per session.

Ages 8 - Adults are welcome.

Youth Players must have youth league experience or higher.
Adult Players must have LTP league experience or higher.

These sessions are not for new players.

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.


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 one hour on-ice sessions each week.
On ice instruction by Capitals Hockey Academy staff. Players will be grouped by ability into scoring stations. 

Mites - Midgets are invited to participate. Advanced Registration is strongly encouraged.

Begins March 10

Tuesday afternoons 4-5pm
$35 per player per session

Full gear is required.
Refunds are not offered for this activity.