School is back and the Capitals look to help

T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Washington Capitals are well aware that school is back in session or about to be back in session soon for all of Northern Virginia. I believe Fairfax County went back to school today. Tomorrow Loudoun County kids get their turn.  The Caps are doing something special though for Frederick County.

For the Frederick County Public Schools folks, there’s some sweet news. The Capitals are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and a hockey clinic on Aug. 26 as they open a new Capitals themed ball hockey rink.

I’ve seen one of these before in Leesburg. It’s pretty cool. It’s basically a blue ball hockey rink complete with the Capitals logo in the middle. The hockey clinic is called “Try Hockey for Free”.

The rink, ceremony and clinic are at James Wood Middle School in Winchester, Virginia. The rink already opened in the fall of 2021 but there was no ceremony that year as it was postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony kicks off at 11 a.m. and will feature remakes from representatives with the Capitals, FCPS, and Top of Virginia Hockey Alliance.

The Capitals Try Hockey for Free Ball Hockey Clinic follows the ceremony which will feature stations on stick handling, passing, shooting, and small games.

The Try Hockey for Free program provides free access to the sport of hockey to children and families across the region who have never participated in the game before. You can register by clicking the link here.

The Caps did more than just support the construction of the rink. They’re doing more than just putting on a ceremony and clinic. They also dominated hockey equipment and teacher curriculum to all 16 public elementary and middle schools in Frederick County.

After the clinic, if you want to keep playing, no worries! Top of Virginia Hockey Alliance will host a youth ball hockey pickup game for interested members in the community. They have worked with the Capitals on the construction of the rink and they have utilized this location as their home rink.

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The Caps have so far build or refurbished 14 rinks across D.C., Maryland and Virginia. You can learn more at