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Registration For Summer Learn To Play Now Open!

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

The 8-week session is specially designed for new skaters, and focuses on developing basic foundation skating and hockey skills in your young player.  They will have a blast learning and playing alongside their future Polar Caps teammates!   

The current Learn to Play session is scheduled to run Wednesday evenings from 5:15-6:15pm, beginning July 14, 2021, through September 1, 2021, and costs just $60.  

Due to ice maintenance at our home rink, Madison Ice Arena, this Learn to Play session will take place at Hartmeyer Ice Arena on Commercial Ave. on Madison's near-east side.

Take a break from the heat of summer and hit the ice!


This summer we are happy to bring back a girls summer session. Our goal is to improve skill, strengthen relationships, and build confidence. We’ll be targeting girls from 6-9 years old, with some room around the margins of that age range. We know some girls took some or all of the season off because of concerns about COVID and this clinic would be a nice chance for them to ease back into hockey. For everyone, we’ll offer a fun option to get on the ice this summer with friends. We will follow COVID precautions, including requiring skaters to wear masks.

You do not have to be a Polar Cap to play. 

Upcoming 2021-22 Season

Registration for the 2021-2022 season will open in Mid-September.  Until then, there are multiple opportunities for new and returning players to hit the ice:

Some spring and summer hockey opportunities are listed here on our website.

New and beginning skaters can sign up for spring and summer skating lessons through the MII Skating School. See the Skating Schools list of spring and summer offerings here.

The Polar Caps are planning to offer a “Learn to Play” session in late summer. We’re currently finalizing plans, but in the meantime, if you would like to be kept in the loop as plans develop, please email

 To see a list of our regular season program offerings, see our program options page here.

Returning to hockey after a year off? Skaters that did not participate in the 2020-21 season due to concerns over Covid-19 should not feel that the game of hockey has passed them by...far from it! Hockey is a life-long pursuit and taking a season or two off isn’t a make or break deal. Polar Caps are here to welcome you back and there will always be a place for you.

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 2020-2021 season from the Polar Caps. Equipment typically includes shoulder pads, shin pads, elbow pads, breezers (hockey pants), gloves, and helmet (we recommend getting your own helmet, especially this season). 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:

Link to Polar Caps Daily COVID-19 Check-In Form

Please fill out this online attendance and health screening form prior to each scheduled practice or activity. Parents / Guardians must complete this form for their players. Coaches and volunteers should complete it for themselves.


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Polar Caps - Changing the Game Video

Before the start of the 2016 season, the West Madison Polar Caps Hockey club was faced with a problem: too many skaters and not enough ice. After exploring many different options and in partnership with Madison Ice, we elected to build a new rink in the parking lot. What started as a novel solution blossomed into a major community building process -- connecting coaches, parents, neighbors and players, changing how we looked at hockey and producing some surprising results.