Prince William Ice Center and Washington Capitals Partner for Learn-to-Play Initiative

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By Marianne Weaver

Sponsored by Prince William Ice Center

The Prince William Ice Center has made it easier—and cheaper—than ever to introduce kids to hockey.

“The cool thing about this partnership with the Washington Capitals is that when kids register, they get a full set of equipment for free,” said R.J. Zeigler, General Manager of the Prince William Ice Center. “For a little kid, the cost of equipment could go up to $500. With this partnership, the parents pay the registration fee of $239 for the class, then the Caps give them all of the equipment for free. It’s all theirs.”

The program is open to new players, age 5 to 9. Zeigler said kids don’t need many skills to sign up for the eight-week program.

“They have to have a basic ability to stand up and move around on skates,” he said. “They don’t have to skate well or backwards or know any technical edgework.”

He said kids will learn basic edgework, basic stick skills and will get an introduction to shooting during the one-hour Saturday morning sessions.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce kids to hockey,” said Mike Reynolds, whose daughter, Keira, signed up for the program two years ago.

The Future Caps

The Future Caps is a learn-to-play initiative developed in collaboration with the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Player’s Association (NHLPA). The goal is to inspire families to join the hockey community.

The Future Caps Learn to Play program is offered to new, first-time participants (boys and girls), between the ages of 5 to 9. Participants must not have been previously registered with USA Hockey or a sanctioned minor hockey program (house/rec league). The free hockey equipment set includes:

  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Hockey gloves
  • Hockey pants
  • Shin guards
  • Jersey
  • Socks
  • Stick
  • Helmet
  • Equipment bag

The next session begins Saturday, March 14, and classes are held Saturday at 10:40 a.m.

“This is the last session for this hockey season,” said Zeigler. “It is a year-to-year program, so we are not sure if it will continue. If your child is eligible and interested, do this. We don’t know when could be the last one.”

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