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Try Hockey Boot Camp

The West Madison Polar Caps and USA Hockey are proud to host the 2015 Try Hockey Boot Camp!

The Boot Camp is a fun-filled crash-course for boys and girls that have never tried ice hockey, and are curious to see what the sport is all about.  The idea is to give families a chance to try ice hockey without making a huge commitment of time or money.  Kids will have access to free equipment rentals and will hit the ice for three, one hour "practices" to experience how much fun hockey can be!

The cost of the Boot Camp is $25, and that fee will be applied to the registration fee, should the skater sign up for one of the Polar Caps' regular season hockey programs. 

(For more information on the programs the club offers, and the age ranges of these programs, just click on the "Programs" tab on the left side of this page.)

Boot Camp ice times are:

October 3rd at 9:30 am

October 10th at 9:30 am

October 17th at 9:30 am

All sessions will be held at the Madison Ice Arena, located at 725 Forward Drive on Madison's west side.

Participants should complete the online registration module below, and also bring a completed and signed waiver form with them to the first practice.

Please plan to arrive at the first practice by 9:00 for equipment fitting!


Registration for the 2015-2016 Hockey Season is Now Open!

  • Remember to register with USA Hockey first. 
  • Families with skaters above the Initiation level will be required to volunteer 10 hours in the concession stand (or take the buy out option), and purchase $25 in PuckPass credit redeemable at the concession stand.
  • Rental equipment fees extra.
  • Please consider giving to the scholarship fund!
  • Registration for competitive Bantam, Pee Wee, and Squirt teams has now closed.  Registration for all other programs remains open.

Coach Registration

Coaches, you can register right here by clicking the gray button.

Be sure to register with USA Hockey first, and obtain your confirmation number.


Pre-Season Information Central

  • Polar Caps registration is now OPEN.  Use the link above to get started.
  • Registration for competitive Bantam, Pee Wee, and Squirt teams will close on August 25th, 2015.
  • Ice Fees for 2015-16 have been set, see below
  • Preseason ice times for Squirts and Pee Wees have been scheduled, see below
  • Tryout times for Squirts and Pee Wees have been scheduled, see below
  • Bantam preseason ice and tryout dates coming soon
  • Recreational programs (Initiation, Cross Ice, Red White Blue, and Rink Rats) will get underway the third or fourth week of October

Be sure to scroll down the page to read about the Skinner Stickhandling School, coming to Capitol Ice August 31st to September 4th.

Also be sure to scroll down to review the Uniform Standards that our Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam teams are adopting this fall.

Ice fees for 2015-2016

Level Ice Fees Payment 1 Payment 2
Initiation (2 days/week) $100 (each of 2 sessions)
Cross Ice - U6 $270 $150 $120
Red White & Blue - U8 $460 $250 $210
Rink Rat - U10 $405 $250 $155
Rink Rat - U14 $405 $250 $155
Squirt $835 $500 $335
Pee Wee $920 $500 $420
Bantam $935 $500 $435

Squirt and Pee Wee Preseason Ice Schedule

Date Group Time
Thursday October 1 Squirts 6:20 - 7:20
Pee Wees 7:30 - 8:30
Tuesday October 6 Squirts 6:20 - 7:20
Pee Wees 7:30 - 8:30

Squirt and Pee Wee Tryout Schedule

Date Group Time
Wednesday October 7 Squirts 5:10 - 6:10
Squirts 6:20 - 7:20
Thursday October 8 Pee Wees 6:20 - 7:20
Pee Wees 7:30 - 8:30
Tuesday October 13 Pee Wees 6:20 - 7:20
Pee Wees 7:30 - 8:30
Wednesday October 14 Squirts 5:10 - 6:10
Squirts 6:20 - 7:20
Thursday October 15 Squirts (All Groups) 6:20 - 7:40
Pee Wees (All Groups) 7:50 - 9:10
Friday October 16 Team Selections

Tryout Notes:  Skaters at each level will be divided randomly into groups.  Group assignments will be released closer to the tryout dates.  We will NOT accept requests to have your child placed in a certain time slot.  On Thursday October 15, all Squirt players will skate together, and all Pee Wee players will skate together.


Professional Stickhandling at Capitol Ice Arena

World-renowned hockey skills coach Sean Skinner is coming to the Madison area!  You are invited to join this week-long STICKHANDLING clinic at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton.  Sean has trained a variety of players and teams from NHL, Olympic, and top clubs throughout Europe as well as youth players at all levels.  In 2007-2008, he was sponsored by CCM/Reebok to partner with Alex Ovechkin to teach stickhandling throughout the US and Canada.  Train through a series of progressions starting with fundamentals and advancing to specialized agility techniques that will enable players to better execute fakes and dekes just like the NHL and top players do.  Help your son or daughter get prepared for and have a successful 2015-16 hockey season.

*  Your player will get 10 hours of training with Sean

*  Training dates Aug 31st – Sep 4th

*  General guideline:  2003 and younger from 5-7pm, 2003 and older from 7-9pm.  Flexibility exists based on your schedule requirements and skill level of the player

*  Cost is $295

Contact Steve Chafe: steve.chafe@gmail.com or 608-358-6606 to register.  (Name, Birth Year, and the program your son/daughter plays with)


Polar Caps Adopt Updated Uniform Standards

Aiming to keep our teams looking organized and sharp on the ice, the Polar Cap Executive Board has voted to adopt updated uniform standards.  These uniform standards will be in effect for the upcoming 2015-16 season, and will apply to our competitive Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam level skaters.

The official Polar Cap game uniform will consist of:

  • Team-issued Blue or White Jersey
  • White Helmet *
  • Black Gloves
  • Black Pants (Breezers)
  • Jersey-matched Game Socks (Blue Polar Cap Socks with Blue Jerseys, and White Polar Cap Socks with White Jerseys)

* for the 2015-16 season only, Black helmets will be permitted.  Beginning in 2016-17, a White helmet will be required.

Please keep these uniform guidelines in mind when you're outfitting your skater with new gear!  All of our competitive Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam level skaters shall conform to this policy for all games.



A properly outfitted Polar Cap looks like this


A properly outfitted (but naughty) Polar Cap looks like this

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