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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.

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.


Lessons offered at 6am and 6:45am on Tuesdays and Thursday.

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. 

Summer Hockey Clinics are Underway!

Summer Hockey Clinics are underway!

A few spots are available in some clinics. If you're interested in registering, please contact!



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. 



Geoff Beauparlant spent six years in the NAHL, including three seasons as the Head Coach, Director of Hockey Operations, and Assistant GM for Alaska’s Kenai River Brown Bears.  Before that he spent three seasons as assistant coach of the NAHL’s Fairbanks Ice Dogs.  During his tenure, the Ice Dogs won the NAHL’s Robertson Cup in 2011, the West Division title in 2012, and made it to the finals of the West Division playoffs b in 2013.  During his three years in Fairbanks, over two dozen Ice Dogs committed to NCAA Division I schools.

A native of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, Beauparlant played four years in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League before attending Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition while playing goal for the Nittany Lions. He helped backstop the team to three consecutive Division I ACHA National Championships.

After graduating from Penn State, he went right into coaching, and spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Port Colborne Junior Sailors of the Ontario Golden Horseshoe Junior League (GHL).  Beauparlant spent three years coaching Midget AAA and Junior hockey in Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania.  During the 2007-2008 season he led the Central Penn Panthers (Metropolitan Junior Hockey League) to a quarterfinal appearance in the Keegan Cup playoffs and was named the South Conference Head Coach for the MJHL All-Star Game. 

He then spent two years as the assistant coach for the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), where he focused primarily on defense and goaltending.  In addition to his duties with the Cottonmouths, he was also the director of scouting/recruiting for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.  

He has an MBA in Athletic Administration and a certificate in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Last season, Beauparlant was the general manager for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Hockey Club, and served as head coach of their 15-Pure team.