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Official Review by Richard Smith, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Charity Hockey Classic is a yearly event held at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to benefit different charities around the Washington DC area. The event has been held since 2009. The current event benefits the Children’s National Health Center, while past events benefited charities such as Inova Blood Donor Services.
The event has three games of amateur competition. One game is the Friends of Children’s Virginia against the Friends of Children’s Maryland. A pee wee game is held and then the final event is between two corporate sponsored teams, the Deliotte Dragons versus the Booz Allen Hamilton Minutemen. Accountants versus government contractors, what could go wrong?
The Classic always brings a variety of celebrities, sponsors, and special events to help boost attendance and raise money. Members of the nationally syndicated Mike O’Meara Radio Show and Podcast, the Washington Capital’s Red Rockers ice squad and the Washington Redskins cheerleaders were some of the special guests in attendance during the 2014 event. Robb Spewak and Oscar Santana of the Mike O’Meara Show were the celebrity coaches for the Virginia vs Maryland game and are regular partners with the event.
Kettler Capitals Iceplex is the practice arena of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. The Capitals used to practice at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Maryland, which was close to their former home of the Capital Centre/US Airways Arena. After their move into DC’s Verizon Center it made sense to have a new facility closer to the downtown area.
The iceplex opened in 2006 on the eighth floor of the parking garage adjoining the Ballston Common Mall in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia. It is the highest ice rink above street-level in the United States and is owned by Arlington County. They in turn lease it back to the Capitals. There are two full-NHL-sized ice rinks, a training center, a proshop, and offices for staff of both the Capitals team and the WNBA's Washington Mystics team. Originally named the Ballston Ice Arena, it was renamed because of a sponsorship deal with Kettler, a local real estate management firm.
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A simple cafe is located at the main entrance between the two ice rinks. They offer a variety of food and beverage options.
Prices are pretty decent and the food is good, although they do make a pretty awful hot chocolate. Hard to screw that one up, but they did. Salads are $5.50, sandwiches are $4.25 to $6.50 and a bowl of soup is $6. There are also many breakfast options as the rink is open a variety of hours. Beer is sold, although it has to be consumed in the small cafe dining area. Craft beer options run from $5 to $7.
The best part of the cafe is that they offer family meals to go for those who spend quite a bit of time at the ice rink for practices. There are also Pepsi branded machines near the locker rooms where drinks are a reasonable $1.50.
The charity event brings out all kinds of people. They are supporting a good charity while watching a great event. Be sure to stop at all of the sponsor events before and between games. A pretty cool silent auction is always part of the proceeds.
The arena is extremely nice. There is a main grandstand on one side of the ice with some dining seating above the one end. The grandstand is all simple bench seating.
The Ballston Common Mall was built over the old Parkington Shopping Center at the intersection of Glebe Road (Virginia State Route 120) and Wilson Boulevard in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. A Macy's and Macy's Furniture Gallery anchor the mall.
A very good Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is right in the mall. Shiki Sushi Korean Japanese Fusion, Noodles & Company and Yeni's Dim Sum Plus are some other great options in the mall.
Venturing out of the mall you will find many other options. Vapiano (4401 Wilson Blvd.) and Pizza Autentica (850 N Randolph Street) are great choices. There are also many hotel options such as The Westin Arlington Gateway (801 N Glebe Road) and Hilton Arlington (950 N Stafford Street).
Since the Orange Line of the DC Metro is on site, the world of Washington DC awaits you. The Smithsonian, Capital and White House are just a few of the many attractions. Looking for a good food and drink combo? Then take the Metro to Dupont Circle, walk to Bar Charley (1825 18th St NW) for high end craft cocktails and then finish off your night with some small plates at Doi Moi (1800 14th St NW) which is just a short walk away.
It's a charity event and many of the spectators are family members or friends of the participants. So expect a good natured crowd. They are knowledgeable about hockey and cheer at all the appropriate times.
In the Washington DC area you always have to temper your traffic expectations a bit. Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located at the top a large parking garage so finding spaces will not be too much of a problem once you arrive. Up to 3 hours is a reasonable $1 charge.
Kettler is easily accessible to the Ballston Metro Stop on the orange line. If driving from Route 66 East take Exit 71 / Fairfax Drive/Glebe Road. Turn right onto Glebe Road. The entrance to the parking garage is on the left at the second light.
The game is $10 for adults and free for children. Money goes to deserving charities. The level of hockey is not the best, but you will love supporting the good cause.
Stop over and watch hockey or ice skating at the adjoining rink. Maybe that is the next Kimmie Meissner or Wayne Gretzky you are watching.
There is a very good pro shop on the second level, as well as a large Capitals team store on the main floor. Tickets to Capitals games are sold in the lobby.
This event offers some decent hockey that benefits some great charities for a small price. And you get to watch hockey at a sleek facility located at the top of a parking garage. Sounds like a nice event to attend.
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4401 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
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