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New to Youth Hockey?

New to Youth Hockey?

Is your child interested in hockey and you've been told that hockey is too expensive with countless hours spent running back and forth to the rink?

Trying to make sense of House vs. Travel, Mite vs. Pee Wee, CBHL vs. USPHL?

Want to figure out how to best start your hockey journey?

  You've come to the right place!  The information below is intended to help new hockey parents become familiar with the various hockey programs offered by the Prince William Ice Center and the Potomac Patriots Youth Hockey Club.  If you have any questions beyond what is provided below, please contact

Why the Potomac Patriots?

The Potomac Patriots offers a variety of developmental and competitive hockey programs to suit the needs of any youth hockey player. We offer a full range of House (recreational) hockey, with an additional/optional Selects (all-star) program.  We also offer Travel programs for kids aged 7-18.  

The Potomac Patriots Hockey Club has a strong relationship with the Prince William Ice Center and the Potomac Patriots Junior Hockey Club.  Whether you are just learning how to skate, or you are an aspiring junior hockey player, the Prince William Ice Center and the Potomac Patriots offers a variety of unique, developmental and fun hockey programs...all under one roof.  

Just Starting Out?

For skaters who have never stepped foot in a hockey rink, the Prince William Ice Center offers two developmental programs:

LEARN TO SKATE:  This program is designed by U.S. Figure Skating to be the best beginning ice skating program that serves the needs of the recreational, hockey, and competitive skater.  This program offers curriculums in various figure skating disciplines and serves as the recognized feeder program for all USA Hockey youth hockey programs.

LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY:  Prince William Ice Center's Potomac Hockey Academy's curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating.  Skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice.  This program caters to kids with all levels of skating experience.  It will enhance forward skating, stops, starts, turns and backwards skating.  Skaters will develop stick handling, passing and shooting skills.  

To learn more about these and other developmental programs offered by the Prince William Ice Center, to include a schedule of upcoming classes, click HERE.

Useful Resources for New Hockey Parents

USA Hockey

USA Hockey, Inc., is the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. Its mission is to promote the growth of hockey in America and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport.

How to Hockey

While there are many “hockey 101” websites out there, this website, along with their YouTube channel, contains some pretty comprehensive information about hockey basics.

An American Hockey Parent Handbook

Helpful hints and important information for creating a great youth hockey experience!

USA Hockey's Parents' Community

USA Hockey is committed to helping educate parents and children alike throughout their hockey career. Within this site is a lot of great information gathered from all over the web into one place and easily accessible. This site will continue to grow as new features and new information becomes available, so check back often.

Try Hockey for Free

At least twice a year, the Prince William Ice Center, in conjunction with USA Hockey, hosts a "Try Hockey for Free Day." USA Hockey and the Prince William Ice Center encourages kids, ages 4 to 9, to try youth hockey. There is no fee for this event and Prince William Ice Center provides full loaner gear.