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Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Shootout

The Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Shootout is back again! 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 a sellout crowd 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 your USA Hockey age classification). *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 winner of the Mite, Peewee, and HS levels will get a VIP experience from the Capitals.  The winner of the Squirt Division will get to accompany the Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Staff to the All-Star Game and compete against the other squirt winners from around the NHL. Check out the video from last year’s All-Star Game.
The ninth annual Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Shootout is supported by the Washington Capitals, USA Hockey, the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association, and all of our local youth hockey organizations. 

The following are the preliminary locations:

  • VA: Sunday, July 17: Ashburn Ice House, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • MD: Saturday, July 23: Bowie Ice Arena, 3:15 pm  - 8:15 pm
  • VA: Saturday, July 30: SkateQuest of Reston, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • MD: Sunday, July 31: Skate Frederick, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • VA: Sunday, August 7: Prince William Ice Arena, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • MD: Saturday, August 14: Rockville Ice Arena, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Please fill out the form below to register.  You may also contact the Capitals Youth Hockey Department at or 202-266-2352 if you have any additional questions. 

We look forward to having you join us this year!

*Please note that the Bantam and Midget age brackets were combined to form the “High School” age bracket.

**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, WV, and PA 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.

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