Sabres Instructional

The Southern Maryland Sabres have partnered with the WASHINGTON CAPITALS to provide the Learn to Play program through the NHL ( This program is for children ages 5-9 to experience the basics of hockey for the first time, in a fun and safe environment. All required equipment is provided (to keep) including skates and CCM brand items, as well as a USA Hockey Membership Number! Children should know how to ice skate across the rink (horizontally, side-to-side) prior to signing up for this program.


Players age 5-9 at the start of the Learn to Play session


Winter Session: December 1 – January 26 (*skip Sat. 12/29) Spring Session: February 2 – March 23 Saturdays – 8 practices with the last practice being a graduation/jamboree


Capital Clubhouse: 3033 Waldorf Market Place Waldorf, MD 20603


One practice per week for 45 minutes starting at 9:35am on Saturday


Head-to-toe equipment for registered participants: Each participant will receive the following new equipment to call their own, with a customized jersey from the Washington Capitals: Ice Hockey Helmet with a cage, Shoulder pads, Elbow pads, Hockey gloves, Hockey pants, Shin guards, Skates, Jersey, Socks, Stick, Equipment bag *It is recommended that you purchase a mouth guard and athletic supporter, in addition to the equipment provided. (

Additional Costs

$170 – Registration is open at The program provides FREE head-to-toe equipment for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey. However, the participation fee associated with the program offsets ice and coaching expenses. This fee is the lowest it can be in our market, the National Capital Region.

Fall LTP Graduates - 2018-2019

"Return to Play" is an 8 week session that starts February 3, 2019 and completes on March 23, 2019.  The purpose of this session is to keep the 'Learn-To-Play' graduates continuing to improve their skating skills and potentially have a couple scrimmages for fun...Skating is the key to a great hockey player...

Due to ice slot time, the dates and times for this program will jump around. The schedule will be as follows: Sun. Feb 3 8:05 - 9:10 am; Sun. Feb 10 8:05 - 9:10 am; Sat. Feb 16 10:20 - 11:15 am; Sun. Feb 17 8:05 - 9:10 am; Sat. Mar 2 10:20 - 11:15 am; Sat. Mar 9 10:20 - 11:15 am; Sat. Mar 16 8:40 - 9:35 am; Sat. Mar 23 10:20 - 11:15 am 

The cost of this program is $80 ($10 per session) with a processing fee of $4.00.

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