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What is Tier 1 Hockey?

Tier 1 is the highest level of competitive youth hockey.  The Madison Capitols Youth Hockey Association is one of three Tier 1 ice hockey programs in the state of Wisconsin.  Tier 1 teams have open try-outs, which are held annually each in May for the following winter season.  Players must re-tryout each season.  In addition, because Tier 1 teams do not have any geographic restrictions for their players, players from any area are welcome and invited to tryout.

The goal of Tier 1 hockey is dedicated to providing a high level of competition and developing players to their full potential.  

What is AAA hockey?

AAA hockey teams compete at the Tier 1 level and compete against the best youth competition within their age level.  AAA teams have a longer season; there are more games, trainings (single team full sheet practices & 2-3 practices per week) & travel (including out of state travel) than what is offered within their local youth hockey associations or high school.

Who are your coaches?

We are lucky to have some of the best coaches in the state with several decades of hockey experience among them.  Several of our coaches have played college hockey & beyond. 


 Our address is 2616 Pleasant View Rd | Middleton, WI 53562.


Yes. We have an elevator that goes up to the suites and bar area. We also have ramps that lead to handicap seating.


Yes. We have WiFi capabilities and signs are posted around the arena with the network name and password.

Do you have LiveBarn?

Yes, we have LiveBarn in both of our rinks. For your first month, we have a 10% off code:  76bb-3245.


Yes. Our skate sharpening is a 24 hour turn around. You would drop the skates off with an employee and pay the fee. Please let the employee know what size you would like them sharpened and leave a phone number for you to be contacted when they are ready.


Trained service animals assisting guests with disabilities are permitted inside Capitol Ice Arena. Service animals must remain on a leash or harness at all times and will rest in the seating area of the individual with a disability. All other animals are prohibited.


Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena has two full sheets of ice for hockey games, practice sessions, and recreational skating. The facility is equipped with 8 public locker rooms, 6 public bathrooms, and one family restroom.  It is home to the USHL Madison Capitols, Madison Capitols AAA hockey, Middleton Youth and High School Hockey, as well as the Madison Gay Hockey League.

The main sheet has seating for 2,611 spectators, a state of art sound system score and video board. This arena also has a media broadcasting booth. Within the rink, there is a commercial kitchen that serves the entire facility, which includes seven private suites, the Suter Suite Bar, a concession stand, beer garden, four bars, and an additional two pop up bars that are open during USHL games. 

The USHL Madison Capitols front office, a rink administrative office, Caps Closet merchandise, and Gold Medal Performance are also located within the facility.