The Washington Ice Dogs special hockey program provides weekly ice hockey practice at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD on Saturdays from September to March for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program welcomes all ages and abilities from beginner to advanced.   Volunteer coaches and youth mentors provide on-ice support. There is an 8 am practice for the more advanced players and a 9 am practice for beginner and intermediate hockey players. There are optional opportunities to play games in tournaments both locally and outside of Maryland during the year.

The Washington Ice Dogs team will register with both the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) and USA Hockey (USAH) for the 2018-2019 season.    

New players will be provided a gently used set of hockey equipment and a practice jersey.  Program fees of $300 for the season help cover the cost of practice ice time and other program expenses.   Much of the program costs are subsidized by fundraising and donations. Travel expenses to tournaments and team jersey cost are the responsibility of the player.  There are scholarships available to players as needed.

If you are interested in joining the Washington Ice Dogs special hockey program and have questions,  email the program director at, and/or come visit us at practice.  If you are ready to join the Ice Dogs, register online here.  Once you have registered, you will be contacted by the program director.   New players will be asked to provide sizing information for their gear.