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Get your young athlete out on the ice with the Polar Caps Learn to Play program.

Learn to Play "SNOWMAN Season" Is Coming Up!

10 sessions, Wednesdays and Saturdays from December 6th January 17th , starting at just $65.  This program is specially designed for new skaters, and focuses on developing basic foundation skating and hockey skills in your young player.  

Learn more and register now at!

Registration for the 2023-2024 Season is Now Open!

Tape those sticks and sharpen those skates, Polar Caps!  Registration for the 2023-2024 season is now open.  Visit our registration page for more information and to register your skater »

Candy Cane Cup 2023

5:00pm - 9:00pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023


The Candy Cane Cup is an evening event for the whole Polar Caps community to enjoy! Mainly, it consists of cross-ice games for four different age divisions. Players that register will be 'drafted' onto a team in their age bracket. Teams (and lines within games) will be balanced and like-skilled, so any Polar Caps player can participate. We will also have tons of treats, drinks and other fun activities for kids! 

Money raised through Candy Cane Cup registrations, concession sales and raffle ticket sales benefit the Polar Caps SkateAssist Scholarship Fund and go to offset costs for supplemental training (e.g. power skating clinics) and equipment expenditures (e.g. new scoreboard and cross-ice barriers.)

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Support SkateAssist Scholarships

Help give back to the Polar Caps community by using this link whenever you're shopping at  All proceeds will support the Polar Caps SkateAssist Scholarship Program.  Shop »


The Polar Caps Culture Champ recognizes and highlights people inside the organization that demonstrate the Polar Caps mission of playing with Pride, Passion & Purpose, and the elements of the Polar Caps Culture Wheel.  Nominate a Culture Champ »


New to hockey? Want to learn more about the Polar Caps? Have a question and not sure who to contact?

Registration for Little Blackhawks Learn to Play at Madison Ice Arena is now open! 

Little Blackhawks, sponsored by the Chicago Blackhawks organization, is an introductory hockey program for ages 4-9, where all necessary gear is included with the registration fee (and it's yours to keep!). 

Registration Fees Include:

  • 8 weeks of ice time and lessons at Madison Ice Arena, beginning August 9, 2022.
  • A full set of brand-new CCM gear to keep, including skates, helmet, pads, jersey, and more!
  • Appearances by Chicago Blackhawks Alumni
  • One (1) ticket to a Chicago Blackhawks home game in the 2022-2023 season

See this link for details: 

Little Blackhawks is an outstanding introduction to youth hockey, providing first time participants between 4-9 years of age with head-to-toe equipment, age-appropriate instruction and certified coaching, in a fun and safe atmosphere. 

This program is for first-timers only. If you have previously participated in Little Blackhawks or if you already play on a team, you cannot enroll for this program.

Girls Summer Hockey Clinic

We are excited to bring back our weekly girls' summer hockey clinic. Our goal is to improve skill, strengthen relationships, and build confidence. This program is designed primarily for girls from 6-9 years old, but can accommodate additional skaters around that age range. It includes skaters that are in Cross Ice, Red White and Blue, House (Rink Rats) and girls that have completed the Learn-to-Play program and know how to skate. If you have any questions about your player participating in the program, please contact Drew Justman at We are also looking for volunteer parents that want to help coach on the ice.


Ice sessions will be once per week on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer starting June 22 and ending on August 31 at Madison Ice Arena. Sessions will be held from 6:30-7:30pm.

Please note that all dates and times will be posted on the Polar Caps website calendar.


The cost of the program is $80.

Please use the below link to register.

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Hockey Equipment Rental

Equipment Returns:

If you still need to turn in rental equipment, please contact us to arrange a time at

Please place all equipment being returned in the bag received from the Polar Caps or in a large heavy duty garbage bag. All returns will be done in the parking lot at Madison Ice Arena so that you do not have to enter the rink.

Equipment Rentals:
We are making hockey equipment available for rental for the 2023-2024 season from the Polar Caps. Equipment typically includes shoulder pads, shin pads, elbow pads, breezers (hockey pants), gloves, and helmet. Note that sticks and skates are not provided with rental equipment.

Rental fee is $50 and equipment deposit is $50.

If you need to rent or exchange equipment, please email us at:

Vaccine Clinic at Madison Ice Arena - Wednesday, October 26, 2022

As a benefit to our Polar Caps and West Side Hockey Community we have worked with the Mobile Vaccine Clinic to bring the mobile vaccine clinic to MIA on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2022 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  This is a clinic that is supported by and accepted by all local health plans that provides vaccines to anyone over age 5.  The vaccine clinic will provide vaccines to ANYONE OVER AGE 5, not just registered Polar Caps players.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to get your family vaccinated at a time and location that is hopefully more convenient for our families.  The following vaccines will be offered:

  • Pfizer COVID vaccine 5-11 years old

  • Pfizer COVID 12+ first or second shots

  • Pfizer COVID Bivalent booster for 12+ years

  • HPV

  • Flu

  • Meningococcal

  • Tdap (tetanus)


Register for Vaccine Clinic Ages 5-11

Register for Vaccine Clinic Ages 12 and Older

Pre-registration is now closed.

You may register on Wednesday if you want a vaccine, and we will give as many vaccines as we have on hand and try to be as timely as we can based on the number of vaccinators that we have available.

To expedite the process on the day of the clinic, please fill out the appropriate consent forms below.