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Hockey Clinics and Development


Check out our Summer Hockey Clinics!

Clinics available for Minimites to Midgets!

Pick Any 3 Programs per player: $700
Pick Any 2 Programs per player: $450

Must register for all programs in one transaction to receive program discounts.
Questions about programs, player eligibility, registration, or payment? Email Be sure to include the player's name and the programs you are interested in.

Total Athlete Development - TAD

TAD is FILLED! Please join the waitlist.

Join us this Spring for TOTAL ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT!

The Total Athlete Development - TAD - Spring program will prepare your player for tryouts and develop their skills through these types of drills:

  • Power Skating
  • Puck Control / Stickhandling
  • Passing & Shooting
  • Team Play and Competition

Kettler 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. TAD is open to House League - Travel A players, birthyears 2002-2009.

TAD will be held:
April 3, April 5, April 10, April 17- 8:10pm-9:20pm
April 4, April 11, April 25 - 8:20pm-9:20pm

$210 for all 7 sessions


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.

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. Times vary in the Spring.


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 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).

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.