The world’s best players in women’s hockey are coming to the D.C. area, as the Washington Capitals have partnered with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association to bring the 2021-22 Secret Dream Gap Tour to the DMV.
The 2022 Dream Gap Tour Showcase U.S. stop will take place at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, Washington’s practice facility, from March 4-6. It will be part of the Capitals’ PWHPA Showcase. The PWHPA’s partnership with Washington marks the association has partnered with an NHL team for a Dream Gap Tour Showcase.
“The Washington Capitals are thrilled to host the U.S. stop for the 2021-22 PWHPA Secret Dream Gap Tour and support women’s professional hockey,” Capitals president Dick Patrick said. “There is an incredible talent within the PWHPA, and we look forward to hosting the games and clinics at MedStar Capitals Iceplex this spring. Having recently launched ALL CAPS ALL HER to further grow participation in hockey among females, helping to advance the game among women across all levels is incredibly important to us as an organization, and we are honored to be working with the PWHPA on this event.”
The PWHPA will play four games at MedStar Capitals Iceplex as part of the showcase, featuring Team adidas (Minnesota), Team Bauer (Boston), Team Scotiabank (Calgary) and Team Sonnet).
In addition to the event, the Capitals and PWHPA are presenting three clinics for local players, with PWHPA athletes and coaches and the team’s youth hockey development staff leading instruction, from March 3-5.
The PWHPA consists of approximately 125 of the world’s best hockey players and advocates for equality, fairness and opportunity in women’s professional hockey.
Additionally, the group wants to provide elite-level resources and a living wage for players.
“We’re excited to finally be able to share what has been in the works with the Washington Capitals for quite some time,” Jayna Hefford, the PWHPA Operations Consultant, said. “The Capitals have already been outstanding partners throughout the planning process and have made a significant commitment to grow girls’ hockey locally. So I know the event itself will be a great experience for our players, our fans and local players. We’re excited to make our way back into the United States and continue working towards our ultimate goal.”
Winners of the games on March 4 and 5 will meet in the Showcase Final game. It will be held on March 6 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The remaining two teams also will play in the Showcase Consolation game at 10:30 a.m. Teams are vying for the fourth-weekend prize pot.
Here is the full game schedule. Tickets are available for purchase at washcaps.com/PWHPA. All games will be available for streaming on the Capitals’ Twitter and Facebook accounts and on Monumental Sports Network.
All games will take place at MedStar Capitals Iceplex
Game Date Game Time
Game 1 Friday, March 4 Team Bauer vs. Team Sonnet 5:30 p.m.
Game 2 Saturday, March 5 Team adidas vs. Team Scotiabank 10:30 a.m.
Game 3 Sunday, March 6 TBD – Showcase Consolation Game 10:30 a.m.
Game 4 Sunday, March 6 TBD – Showcase Final 1:30 p.m.
And here is the clinic schedule:
All clinics will take place at MedStar Capitals Iceplex
Date Level Time
Thursday, March 3 Youth 5:15 p.m.
Friday, March 4 Adult 8:10 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 Elite (13+) 9:30 a.m.