Prince William Ice Center and NHL Learn to Play

Prince William Ice Center and NHL Learn to Play


My name’s RJ Zeigler. I’m the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Potomac Patriots, and the hockey director here at the Prince William Ice Center. What I want to talk about a little bit today, is the new Washington
Capitals Learn to Play Hockey program. The Washington Captialsof teamed up with the NHL and the NHPA To offer equipment program to immediate the costs of young athletes who want to start the sport of ice hockey. In the past, you would go to an area ice rink. You register for a learn to play hockey
program, you invest hundreds and hundreds of dollars in equipment, cross your fingers that your kids like
the sport, and want to continue playing. The Washington Capitals of the NHL have basically taken upon themselves to give a free set of hockey equipment to any kid who’s interested in starting the sport of ice hockey. So your initial costs that you’re paying, is just the cost of registering for the learn to play hockey program. Here at the Prince William Ice Center, our program’s on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and on Monday evenings at 730 p.m. And the cost is $168. The-probably the retail value of what you’re going to get from the Washington Capitals which is a complete set of equipment, everything from skates, to helmet, stick, everything in-between is probably close to $500. What you guys are seeing here today is our–the top of our pyramid. The top of the pyramid–these teams have players that are from this area, as well
as from all over the world. That’s the top of the pyramid. In order to have a very strong program, you have to have a solid foundation. You have to have that opportunity for young players to get involved, and the Washington Capitals are really providing that opportunity for the Prince William Ice Center, and the Potomac Patriots, to get those kids involved, and have a strong core of players, getting involved in the sport. I think that’s incredible of the Washington
Capitals. It’s providing all the kids an opportunity to play hockey, because the
gears expensive and as you grow, you keep going to buy more and more. So this is
giving these kids start to see if they’re really interested in the sport, because
you need to know at a young age, otherwise it gets expensive.

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