The Titans teams are participating in the 2024 Joe Loschiavo Memorial Cup tournament in the Capital Corridor Hockey League. On February 25th, the Titans 14U won the Championship 14U Division II, staging an unforgettable comeback in the third period to beat the Howard Huskies 3-2. Congratulations to our 14U team for a great victory! On March 2nd, our 10U and 12U teams have multiple matches scheduled across the greater DC metropolitan area. On behalf of everyone at DC Titans, best of luck to our Titans 10U and 12U teams!
The Washington Capitals Rising Stars Academy was launched on Presidents' Day, introducing a program focused on elite skill development and mentorship for local hockey players of color. Titans players 14U Javier Love #29 and 12U Donald Cavanaugh #98 participated and were interviewed by WUSA9! DC Titans and the Washington Capitals share a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in hockey. The program allowed Titans players to learn from professionals and improve their skills. Click the picture above to watch the news segment.
Titans 12U team advanced to the playoffs in the club's first non-CCHL USA Hockey-sanctioned tournament, the Congressional Cup, this Presidents' Day weekend in the Washington DC area. The competition included teams from the US and Canada. DC Titans faced off against teams from NC, NJ, PA, and VA at Reston's SkateQuest. Our participation was made possible by the Washington Capitals - Monumental Sports' Capital Impact Fund and generous Titans donations.
On February 2nd, the Titans were featured at the Maryland Black Bears game, with highlights including a Titans stick tunnel entrance, an official puck drop by Coach Justin, a scrimmage during intermission, and a raffle supporting DC Titans. The high-scoring contest stayed close until a third-period rally by the Northeast Generals, resulting in a 6-4 victory over Maryland. Titans players looked great on the ice, and families had a fun night at the MD Black Bears game.
The Titans 8U Mites had a fantastic weekend at the Mite Beach Bash 2024 in Ocean City, MD, hosted at the Carousel Resort. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the tournament is a rite of passage for our Mites players and their families, prioritizing fun over winning. During breaks, teams enjoyed engaging in various activities and making the most of the resort's amenities. The good weather provided a perfect conclusion to January's activities for our 'Tiny Titans'.
On January 7th, the Washington Capitals celebrated Youth Hockey Day 2024. DC Titans actively participated in a showcase of local youth hockey programming during the afternoon game against the LA Kings. Titans 12U star player Mahamadou Traore #51 and Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin #8 proudly wore our Titans jersey at the event! Titans families had a blast, and the Caps won 4-3 in a very exciting finale!
Despite a snowy winter day, Titans families joined the MLK Holiday DC Parade on MLK Day! 148 local organizations participated - the parade is a cherished tradition in the District, honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of promoting global peace and non-violence. Titans players, donned in their jerseys, took the opportunity to highlight the impactful role of Titans Youth Hockey in our local community. Click above for video, Titans appear at 1:22:04
Titans must wear neck guards at all times as mandated by the Board of Directors. USA Hockey approved this for players 18 and under starting August 1, 2024. This safety measure, already adopted by IIHF, Hockey Canada, some US players in the USHL, NCAA, and NHL players like T.J. Oshie, aligns the Titans with industry standards to enhance player safety and emphasizes the club's commitment to prioritize player well-being.
For the second year in a row, Titans Youth Hockey was awarded a Capital Impact Fund grant by the Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The grant will be used to help recruit more players of color and provide financial aid for players in need, while ensuring the costs of participation remains accessible to as many players as possible.
Titans’ home rink, Fort Dupont Ice Arena, is undergoing renovations. Our temporary home is the Tucker Road Ice Rink in Prince George's County. As depicted in the renderings above, Fort Dupont Ice Arena is being replaced by a new $30 million state-of-the-art facility featuring an NHL-size ice sheet and expanded spaces. Currently in the construction phase, steel and concrete installations are underway.
The Titans marked the season with a Holiday Skate and Community Drive. The Titans collected 310 pairs of socks as part of our Warm Feet Campaign. Families also contributed several boxes of canned food and non-perishables. Both drives will benefit Miriam's Kitchen, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in DC. Players and guests skated to holiday music to celebrate the season.
Thanks to all who donated to DC Titans' year-end campaign, enabling us to cover ice costs and create new programming. With the community's help, our Capital Campaign exceeded its target! As DC's affordable youth hockey program, the Titans' mission continues to ensure that every child can enjoy the game, fostering sportsmanship, character, and courage.
The 2023-24 Titans Season is officially underway! DC Titans convened at our temporary home, Tucker Road Ice Rink, to extend a warm welcome to both new and returning families. Topics included the significance of recreational play, the Titans' mission and principles, and important safety tips. Coaches and Board Members shared their plans for the season with a focus on community building.
Titans players, coaches, and their families celebrated at the Titans' End of Season Banquet & Recognition Event on March 11, 2023. All players were awarded souvenir pucks to commemorate their hard work this season. Board members discussed plans for next year and thanked outgoing players and coaches.