Washington Capitals Learn To Play


Learn to Play is a program that provides a unique opportunity for families to join the hockey community and for participants to develop fundamental skills to help them succeed both on and off the ice. Created jointly by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL). Learn to Play’s goal is to inspire youth and welcome more families into the hockey community.

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Rink & Address Locations

Ashburn Ice House
21595 Smith Switch Road, Ashburn VA, 20147
Bowie Ice Arena
3330 Northview Dr, Bowie MD, 20715
Capital Clubhouse
3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf MD, 20603
Columbia Ice Rink
5876 Thunder Hill Rd, Columbia MD, 21045
Easton - Talbot County Ice RInk
10028 Ocean Gateway, Easton MD, 21601
Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex
580 Security Road, Hagerstown MD, 21740
Haymarket IcePlex
15155 Washington St., Haymarket VA, 20169
MedStar Capitals Iceplex
627 N. Glebe Rd #800, Arlington VA, 22203
Navy - USNA McMullen at Brigade Sports Complex
64 Greenbury Point Rd, Annapolis MD, 21402
Powhatan Ice Den
1580 Oakbridge Terrace, Powhatan VA, 23139
Prince William Ice Center
5150 Dale Blvd, Dale City VA, 22193
Reisterstown SportsPlex
401 Mitchell Drive, Reisterstown MD, 21136
Rockville Ice Arena
50 Southlawn Court, Rockville MD, 20850
SkateQuest - Reston
1800 MIchael Faraday Ct, Reston VA, 20190
The St. James
6805 Industrial Rd, Springfield VA, 22151
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Everything you need to know about the Future Caps!

The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in partnership with USA Hockey, have identified the need for a unified growth strategy as a priority for the sport of hockey. The Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play challenges the way youth hockey is offered by providing first-time participants free head-to-toe equipment, eight (8) classes of age-appropriate on-ice instruction, and certified coaching in a fun and safe atmosphere.

The program provides FREE head-to-toe equipment for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey. However, there is a participation fee associated with the program which offsets ice and coaching expenses. The participation fee ranges from $209.00 - $299.00 and varies by facility.

The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered to new, first-time participants (boys and girls) between the ages of five (5) and nine (9). Participants must not have previously registered with USA Hockey or previously participated in a hockey league/program (house/rec league, learn to play, mini-mites, camps, etc.). It is strongly encouraged that participants complete a Learn to Skate class through their local rink prior to enrolling in Future Caps.

* If the Washington Capitals become aware that a registered child has previous hockey league/program experience, the child will be removed from the Future Caps program without refund, and guardians will be charged the full retail price for the equipment.

It is strongly recommended that participants complete a Learn to Skate class through their local rink prior to enrolling in District Mites. Many rinks in DC, Maryland, and Virginia have regular ice skating sessions which are open to the public and are a great way to gain experience and confidence on the ice. For those looking to register for a Learn to Skate program, please contact your local rink. For a full list of Capitals Rink Partners, visit https://www.nhl.com/capitals/info/rink-partners.

The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered at thirteen (13) local rinks. For a list of participating rinks and Future Caps sessions, please CLICK HERE.

Visit www.learntoplay.nhl.com/capitals and select the rink and session you would like to register for. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with next steps. Please check your SPAM or PROMOTIONS folder as this e-mail may not arrive straight to your inbox.

We are sorry to hear that! If you are able to give notice prior to your equipment fitting, you are able to cancel your registration, and our staff will work towards processing your refund. Please e-mail youthhockey@washcaps.com with any cancellation notices.

We have waitlists for all Future Caps programs. If you are interested in a session that is full, please register for the waitlist. We will do our best to contact participants on the waitlist as new spots open up.

If you successfully registered your children for the same session, then yes. All participants will be on the ice at the same time. Coaches may split the class into groups for drills throughout the program.

No, within the first few weeks of class, you will get an e-mail with your USA Hockey number, so do not register your child yourself for USA Hockey. USA Hockey is the governing body of ice hockey in the United States.


Please make sure to let your Coach know that you will not be attending a certain class.

Upon registration, each participant will receive complimentary head-to-toe equipment from CCM. Participants will order equipment online and equipment will be shipped directly to the home. Due to COVID-19 there will be no in-person fittings. Upon registration, participants will be sent a link to the online equipment order form. Sizing guides and video tutorials will be provided as a reference for help if needed.  The equipment provided includes: a helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards, gloves, hockey skates, a hockey stick, jersey, socks, and an equipment bag. Participants will be required to purchase their own neck guard, mouth guard, and athletic supporter (jock/jill). All equipment is required to be worn during on-ice sessions. Participants keep the equipment upon graduating from the Future Caps program.

The Washington Capitals encourage all Future Caps participants to continue playing hockey! Talk to your Coach or Rink Director for the best next step program after Future Caps graduation.

No. The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered only to new, first-time participants. Sessions are not progressive and participants may only register for one session (Fall, Winter, or Spring).

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