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Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Shootout

The Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Shootout is back for another year! This competition allows participants to showcase their skills while contending to become the top shooter or goalie in their age bracket. All finalists will get to compete in front of thousands of fans at the Verizon Center during intermission of a Washington Capitals home game! Registration is open to all youth hockey players at the Mite, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, and Midget age groups (determined by USA Hockey age classifications).*There is no fee to participate.

The tournament is conducted in three rounds. A preliminary round will be held at six local ice rinks (three in Maryland and three in Virginia). The semifinal round will be held at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA, where the Washington Capitals practice.  The final round for each age group will be held at the Verizon Center during a Capitals home game.

The sixth annual Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Shootout is supported by the Washington Capitals, USA Hockey, the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA, the USA Hockey affiliate for the Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia area), and all other local youth hockey organizations.

To register, click on the link below and fill out the form. Limited spaces are available and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Players may only participate in one preliminary round. If you have any questions, please contact the Capitals Youth Hockey Department at or 202-266-2352.

Preliminary Round Dates and Locations

  • Saturday, July 19, The Gardens Ice House 11:10 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 27, Ashburn Ice House 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 2, Skate Frederick 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 3, Skate Quest of Reston 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 10, Cabin John Ice Arena 12:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 17, Prince William Ice Arena 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*Please note that the Bantam and Midget age brackets were combined to form the “High School” age bracket. There is also no difference in the skill level for the Squirt bracket. The second Squirt bracket was added so that more skaters could participate.

**Note: All Maryland residents must register to participate in one of the Maryland preliminary rounds. All Virginia residents must register to participate in one of the Virginia preliminary rounds. DC residents may participate in whichever preliminary round is most convenient to attend. Please register players based on the level that they play according to USA Hockey and not solely on age.  We will use the USA Hockey Registration information to confirm eligibility.