ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Kettler Capitals Iceplex along with several Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia-area rinks will participate in USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Day on Nov. 3. The event will help kick off the second annual Come Play Hockey Month, which takes place during the entire month of November.
Nearly 500 rinks across the country will invite boys and girls ages four to nine years old to “Try Hockey for Free” with clinics aimed to help kids experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.
Kettler Capitals Iceplex will host free hockey lessons from 9:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. on Saturday with Capitals assistant coach Tim Hunter helping run on-ice drills from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Sets of hockey equipment will be provided for new kids to borrow and all kids trying hockey for the first time will be given their own Capitals practice jersey. In addition to ice hockey, kids can try street hockey which will be set up at on the mezzanine level of Kettler and the Red Rockers will be in attendance to take photos and hand out giveaways.
Try Hockey For Free Day is part of Come Play Hockey Month. This program, designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport, is a joint‐effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League, and NHL member clubs. With Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports, the official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day, USA Hockey has 500 locations offering kids between the ages of 4 and 9 years old this unique opportunity.
In addition to Kettler, local rink partners participating in Try Hockey for Free Day include:
Ice World – Abingdon, Md.
Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena – Baltimore, Md.
Bowie Ice Arena – Bowie, Md.
Herbert Wells Ice Rink – College Park, Md.
The Columbia Ice Rink – Columbia, Md.
Talbot County Community Center – Easton, Md.
Skate Frederick – Frederick, Md.
Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex – Hagerstown, Md.
The Gardens Ice House – Laurel, Md.
Piney Orchard – Odenton, Md.
Capital Clubhouse – Waldorf, Md.
Chilled Ponds Ice & Turf Sports Complex – Chesapeake, Va.
Haymarket Iceplex – Haymarket, Va.
Lahaye Ice Center – Lynchburg, Va.
Prince William Ice Center – Woodbridge, Va.
To register for one of the 500+ Try Hockey for Free opportunities, please visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com or for anyone interested in registering for the Kettler clinic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or more information, contact Peter Robinson, Capitals assistant manager of amateur hockey and fan development at PRobinson@washcaps.com.