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Hockey Clinics and Development

Hockey Clinics and Development at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

Kettler 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.

Contact Confidence Clinic

This clinic is designed to ease the transition into body contact and checking. This clinic 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. To play at the top of your game, it is critical to develop on-ice awareness, build body contact confidence while reducing the likelihood of injury.

Spots are limited - this clinic SOLD OUT in 2016!

December 27-28
Final time TBD.
FEE: $350 per player for this two-day clinic.

Lead Instructor for this Clinic: Guy Gosselin.

  • Participants will receive 4+ hours of on-ice professional instruction.
  • Off-ice checking technique training and classroom.
  • Coaches will focus on developing key skills, including angling, positioning, checking technique, ice awareness, injury prevention, and more.
  • Clinics are primarily designed for players entering their first season of body checking, but all birth years 2001-2008 are eligible to participate.
  • Players will be assigned to small groups based on skill level Elite (AAA) Travel, Select, and house players.

A maximum of 32 participants will be allowed and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About Guy Gosselin:
Guy is a two-time US Olympian and member of three US Men's National Teams. Guy Gosselin joined USA Hockey as a regional manager of the American Development Model in August 2009. He helped found the NCAA Divsion III Concordia Univeristy Wisconsin men's and women's ice hockey teams, and implemented on- and off-ice youth programs that emphasized total body awareness, nutrition, strength, fitness, ethics, team play, and education.


Questions about registration or player eligibility for these holiday clinics? Contact

December 2017

Deke & Score Clinic

This clinic is intended for  2002-2007 birth years. Players will learn the dekes and moves they need so they can be deceptive on the ice and will develop the shots needed to increase their success putting the puck in the net. GET THE SCORERS EDGE!

December 26-28

Fee: $60 per day or $150 for ALL 3 days

Mite Holiday Clinic

Capitals Academy staff will strive to improve each player's skating, passing, and shooting skills in this specialty camp. This program is for kids ages 8 & under who completed at least 2 sessions of LTP or have RHL Mite or Minimite experience, or other house league hockey experience.

December 26-28

FEE: $55 per day or $135 for ALL 3 days

REGISTER TODAY for Holiday Hockey Clinics! Clinics are available for youth players Minimites (6U) to Midgets (16U)!

All players must submit their 2017-18 USAHockey number ( during registration.
Full gear is required for all participants for all hockey programs.

Scoring School is BACK!

Back for another season, Scoring School was one of the most popular programs of the year!

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 40-minute on-ice sessions each week.
On ice instruction by Caps Academy staff. Players will be grouped by ability into scoring stations. 

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

Join us on Tuesday afternoons, 5-5:40pm.


Tuesdays/Thursday 6am, 6:45am, & 7:30am

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 Dan Jablonic

Dan played for NCAA Division I University of Minnesota, Duluth before playing professionally and finally pursuing a career in coaching.  Dan spent 5 years as a Hockey Director in Wisconsin followed by 5 years coaching in Sweden.  He spent from 2005-2010 coaching Junior A as well as the Swedish Elite League (SEL). During his time in Sweden Dan was fortunate to have assisted in the development of seven first-round NHL draft picks including Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, New Jersey Devils' Adam Larsson, and Chicago Blackhawks David Rundblad.  He also coached Tim Erixon, Lars Eller, and  Magnus Paajarvi during his time in Sweden. Dan has also been a USA Hockey Select National Development Camp Coach since 2004 and has been invited again for the 2014 USA Hockey National Player Development Camp.

Dan is excited to have the opportunity to develop the Washington DC area's next generation of hockey players.  Dan will be entering his 15th year of coaching what he believes is the world's greatest game.  His focus will be on providing the very best development program for the players. 

  • 2004-2014 Selected to USA Hockey National Development Camp Coach
  • Swedish Elite League Coach - developed seven 1st round NHL Draft picks
  • NCAA DIVISION 1 Student Athlete - Minnesota Duluth
  • USHL - United States Hockey League All-Star
  • USA Hockey Level 5 Coach


Lyon Messier

Lyon is excited to return home to where it all began. A Northern Virginia native and former Washington Little Capital, Lyon has played across the US and Canada in recent years. In 2008, after participating in the NY Rangers Main Camp, Lyon helped the ECHL South Carolina Sting Rays win the Kelly Cup. In recent years, Lyon has both played for and coached the NAHL Texas Tornados, including serving as Head Coach for the U 16-18 team in the 2010-11 season. Lyon served as Head Coach of the Connecticut Wolf Pack U16 team in 2014. Lyon is proud to have helped several young players reach their dream of playing Division 1 College Hockey.

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.