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Polar Caps To Launch Girls U14 "Before and After" Team

The Polar Caps are excited to announce the formation of a new U14 girls "before and after" team, open to 2003 and 2004 birth year girls from throughout WAHA Region 4.  The goal of this team is to give 12-14-year-old female players the opportunity to further develop their skills while competing against players of the same skill level to better prepare for their upcoming high school or club season.

The team will skate primarily in September and October, with the potential for additional practices and/or games in the spring, after the conclusion of the winter season.

Tryouts will be held in August, with date and time TBD.

Register to try out for the U14 girls "before and after" team using the link below.

  • Remember to register with USA Hockey first. 
  • Cost to try out is $35.
  • Please consider giving to the scholarship fund!

This team is the result of the hard work and forward thinking of several individuals, but especially:

  • Toby Kinsler (Madison Patriots)
  • Scott Mirwald (Verona Wildcats)
  • John Byce (Polar Caps)
  • Alicia Pelton (Polar Caps)
  • Matt Goetzke (Polar Caps)

For more information on this team, feel free to email any of these folks using the links below.


Toby Kinsler

Scott Mirwald

John Byce

Alicia Pelton

Matt Goetzke

Back by Popular Demand: Polar Caps Summer Goalie Clinic

Once again this spring and summer, the West Madison Polar Caps will be hosting a FREE clinic for Polar Cap goalies and coaches!

This clinic offers training for all current and prospective goaltenders in the club.  Lessons will focus on the essential techniques that all young goaltenders should master, from Red White & Blue to Bantam age.

Our instructors are two of the best goaltending coaches in the nation - Mark Greenhalgh and Kirk Daubenspeck.  If your child is currently playing goalie or would like to play, please take advantage of this phenomenal opportunity for further development.

We also encourage Polar Cap coaches to attend these sessions.  Learn from the experts the philosophies, movement skills, save techniques, and drills you can use with your team's goaltender(s) during the season.

Clinic Details

Location:  MIA Studio Rink
Dates:  Monday evenings, May 1st through July 19th (excluding May 29th/Memorial Day and July 3rd/Independence Day)

Group 1 (Rink Rats, RWBs and Squirts): 6:30-7:15

Group 2 (Pee Wees and Bantams): 7:15-8:00

The clinic is open to any Polar Cap goalie with birth year between 2003 and 2010, and the club's goalie equipment is available for any goalies that don't have their own gear. We hope to see your goalie on the ice with us this summer!

Mark Greenhalgh

  • University of Wisconsin Women's Hockey Goaltender Coach
  • Coached UW and USA Hockey goalie Jessie Vetter and UW goalie Alex Rigby, who rank third and fourth in career wins in NCAA history.
  • Coaches current UW Goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens, who was named the 2017 Patty Kazmaier winner, the 2016 USCHO Player of the Year, and the 2013-14 WCHA Goaltending Champion.
  • Mark has been involved with coaching goaltenders of all ages for 25 years, producing three all-state goalies while serving as an assistant coach at Madison Memorial.

Kirk Daubenspeck

  • University of Wisconsin Goaltender for 4 years.  Earned All-American honors
  • Played professionally for 9 years
  • Cup of coffee w/ the Blackhawks
  • 2 time league champion (ECHL & AHL) and ECHL All Star