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Learn to Play Hockey gives kids an opportunity to skate through life

Yes, hockey is fun
Yes, hockey builds physical skills and coordination
Yes, hockey is a great family activity you and your child can enjoy together

But there's a lot more to hockey.

Hockey builds confidence and character
Hockey teaches teamwork and sportsmanship
Hockey is membership in a community that lasts for life.

Register your child today!

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What is Learn to Play?

Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. More than skating, passing and stick-handling, hockey is about responsibility, respect and teamwork. As children learn the skills needed to succeed on the ice, they also build and solidify important character traits needed to succeed off the ice. With that in mind, the Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding.

Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, 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 changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, free head-to-toe equipment, weekly sessions of age appropriate on-ice instruction and certified coaching, led by National Hockey League Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere. Learn to Play on-ice instruction plans have been developed in collaboration with experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada and taught by certified instructors and led by National Hockey League Alumni.

Program Fees

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 may vary by facility and market.

Additional Program Information

  • This program is designed for first-time players only.
  • If your child does not know how to skate, we highly recommend you sign up for a "Learn to Skate" class at a local rink. Most of the participating rinks have these programs.
  • Participants must register online. Phone and/or in-person registration at individual rinks will NOT be accepted.
  • If your preferred locations are sold out before you register, please complete the waiting list form. If an opening becomes available, you may be contacted.

Questions? Email youthhockey@washcaps.com

ALL DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Head-to-toe equipment for registered participants. Each participant will receive the following new equipment to call their own, customized by your local NHL team:

  • Ice Hockey Helmet with a cage
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Hockey gloves
  • Hockey pants
  • Shin guards
  • Skates
  • Jersey
  • Socks
  • Stick
  • Equipment bag

In addition to the equipment provided, we recommend that you purchase a mouth guard and athletic supporter.

Upon completion of the Learn to Play program, participants will be able to keep the equipment.

Register your child for Learn to Play today!

  1. Choose a Learn to Play event that's convenient for you.
  2. Click on 'Play' to register your child.
  3. Space is limited!
  4. When you register, you will receive an email confirming your spot in the Learn to Play program as well as important information about your event and a link to your own personal Learn to Play web page.
  5. If you have questions before registering, please see our What is Learn to Play program page for more information.
PRINCE WILLIAM FALL
5180 Dale Blvd
Dale City, VA 22193
Sat., November 10, 2018 10:40am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., November 11, 2008 and Sun., November 10, 2013
HAGERSTOWN FALL
580 Security Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Sat., November 17, 2018 8:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., November 18, 2008 and Sun., November 17, 2013
PINEY ORCHARD FALL
8781 Piney Orchard Parkway
Odenton, MD 21113
Sat., November 17, 2018 12:05pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., November 18, 2008 and Sun., November 17, 2013
NAVY FALL
64 Greenbury Point Rd
Annapolis, MD 21402
Sun., November 18, 2018 3:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., November 19, 2008 and Mon., November 18, 2013
BOWIE FALL
3330 Northview Dr
Bowie, MD 20715
Sun., November 18, 2018 4:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., November 19, 2008 and Mon., November 18, 2013
NOVA FALL - GROUP 1
2017 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307
Sun., November 18, 2018 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., November 19, 2008 and Mon., November 18, 2013
NOVA FALL - GROUP 2
2017 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307
Sun., November 18, 2018 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., November 19, 2008 and Mon., November 18, 2013
COLUMBIA FALL
5876 Thunder Hill Rd
Colombia, MD 21045
Mon., November 19, 2018 6:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., November 20, 2008 and Tue., November 19, 2013
REISTERSTOWN WINTER
401 Mitchell Drive
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Tue., November 27, 2018 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., November 28, 2008 and Wed., November 27, 2013
SOMD WINTER
3033 Waldorf Market Place
Waldorf, MD 20603
Sat., December 1, 2018 9:35am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., December 2, 2008 and Sun., December 1, 2013
ASHBURN FALL
21595 Smith Switch Road
Ashburn, VA 20147
Sat., December 1, 2018 2:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., December 2, 2008 and Sun., December 1, 2013
FREDERICK WINTER
1288 Riverbend Way
Frederick, MD 21701
Fri., December 7, 2018 6:20pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., December 8, 2008 and Sat., December 7, 2013
MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX WINTER
627 North Glebe Rd. #800
Arlington, VA 22203
Sat., January 5, 2019 7:20am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 6, 2009 and Sun., January 5, 2014
PRINCE WILLIAM WINTER
5180 Dale Blvd
Dale City, VA 22193
Sat., January 12, 2019 10:40am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 13, 2009 and Sun., January 12, 2014
NAVY WINTER
64 Greenbury Point Rd
Annapolis, MD 21402
Sun., January 13, 2019 3:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., January 14, 2009 and Mon., January 13, 2014
HAYMARKET WINTER
15155 Washington St.
Haymarket, VA 20169
Sat., January 26, 2019 7:30am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 27, 2009 and Sun., January 26, 2014
HAGERSTOWN WINTER
580 Security Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Sat., January 26, 2019 8:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 27, 2009 and Sun., January 26, 2014
ROCKVILLE WINTER
50 Southlawn Ct
Rockville, MD 20850
Sat., January 26, 2019 11:10am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 27, 2009 and Sun., January 26, 2014
PINEY ORCHARD WINTER
8781 Piney Orchard Parkway
Odenton, MD 21113
Sat., January 26, 2019 12:05pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 27, 2009 and Sun., January 26, 2014
NOVA WINTER - GROUP 1
2017 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307
Sun., January 27, 2019 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., January 28, 2009 and Mon., January 27, 2014
NOVA WINTER - GROUP 2
2017 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307
Sun., January 27, 2019 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., January 28, 2009 and Mon., January 27, 2014
SOMD SPRING
3033 Waldorf Market Place
Waldorf, MD 20603
Sat., February 2, 2019 9:35am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., February 3, 2009 and Sun., February 2, 2014
REISTERSTOWN SPRING
401 Mitchell Drive
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Tue., February 5, 2019 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., February 6, 2009 and Wed., February 5, 2014
BOWIE WINTER
3330 Northview Dr
Bowie, MD 20715
Sun., February 10, 2019 4:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., February 11, 2009 and Mon., February 10, 2014
ASHBURN WINTER
21595 Smith Switch Road
Ashburn, VA 20147
Sat., February 23, 2019 2:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., February 24, 2009 and Sun., February 23, 2014
ROCKVILLE SPRING
50 Southlawn Ct
Rockville, MD 20850
Sat., March 2, 2019 11:20am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 3, 2009 and Sun., March 2, 2014
MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX SPRING
627 North Glebe Rd. #800
Arlington, VA 22203
Sat., March 9, 2019 7:20am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 10, 2009 and Sun., March 9, 2014
FREDERICK SPRING
1288 Riverbend Way
Frederick, MD 21701
Fri., March 15, 2019 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., March 16, 2009 and Sat., March 15, 2014
PRINCE WILLIAM SPRING
5180 Dale Blvd
Dale City, VA 22193
Sat., March 16, 2019 10:40am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 17, 2009 and Sun., March 16, 2014
PINEY ORCHARD SPRING
8781 Piney Orchard Parkway
Odenton, MD 21113
Sat., March 23, 2019 12:05pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 24, 2009 and Sun., March 23, 2014
ASHBURN SPRING
21595 Smith Switch Road
Ashburn, VA 20147
Sat., March 30, 2019 2:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 31, 2009 and Sun., March 30, 2014
HAGERSTOWN SPRING
580 Security Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Sat., April 6, 2019 8:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., April 7, 2009 and Sun., April 6, 2014