The Washington Capitals hosted Sticks and Sneakers on Thursday, Dec. 29, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Capitals forward Jason Chimera and defenseman Roman Hamrlik, along with assistant coach Dean Evason, strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, participated in the festivities from 1-3 p.m. Approximately 150 kids attending the event with ages ranging from six to 14 years old.
Sticks and Sneakers was broken down into four sessions.
The first session was an on the ice demonstration with Caps players Jason Chimera and Roman Hamrlik. Chimera taught the kids how to shoot the puck, while Hamrlik taught the kids how to pass. The kids received hands-on instruction from the players themselves and then received autographs from both players.
The second session discussed the various rules of the game and the importance of good sportsmanship while playing hockey with assistant coach Dean Evason. Evason broke down games by showing film and explained various penalties and rules.
The third session was conducted by strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish who ran the kids through a few conditioning exercises and discuss the importance of strength and conditioning. Hockey is a long 82-game season which takes a toll on the body and the players must be in good shape to sustain the long season.
The fourth session was an equipment demonstration to show the different equipment used in hockey. The kids tried on the different pieces of gear and received explanations as to why the players wear specific equipment. Several kids were excited to be wearing gloves that had been worn by Brooks Laich and hold a Mike Knuble stick, among other items.
To become a member of the Caps Kids Club, see the information on the Caps website.