April 21, 2021

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alumnus Alan Hangsleben and Assistant Coach Tim Hunter Host Hockey School

Capitals assistant coach Tim Hunter discusses hockey during a Washington Capitals Hockey School at Flower Valley Elementary School on Oct. 12. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals alumnus Alan Hangsleben instructs a student during a Washington Capitals Hockey School at Flower Valley Elementary School on Oct. 12. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals alumnus Alan Hangsleben, assistant coach Tim Hunter and mascot Slapshot pose with Flower Valley Elementary School staff during a Washington Capitals Hockey School Oct. 12. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumnus Alan Hangsleben, assistant coach Tim Hunter and mascot Slapshot visited Flower Valley Elementary School in Rockville, Md., on Friday, Oct. 12, for the fourth Capitals Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year.

Hockey School is a free program, designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique.

Hangsleben and Hunter began the session by responding to questions from an audience of 170 fourth- and fifth-grade students prior to instructing the group on basic hockey skills, including stick-handling, passing and shooting. Students were then invited to practice the skills in front of their peers.

The clinic concluded with several students participating in a friendly scrimmage joined by Hangsleben and Hunter as their teammates. The scrimmage ended in a 1-1 tie, with Hangsleben representing the girls team and Hunter representing the boys team.

“I loved the enthusiasm of the kids,” said Hunter. “They were listening and paying attention during the drills we showed them. I think they all improved a little bit through the hockey school.”

Following the clinic the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to the school. All students received an autographed alumni card, a hockey 101 booklet and a Capitals squishy puck. Flower Valley Elementary School also received a Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school gymnasium.

The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.

The 2012-13 season marks the sixth consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Capitals have hosted more than 70 clinics and reached more than 10,000 students in the past four years.

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alums May and Hangsleben Host Hockey School

Washington Capitals alum Alan May demonstrates how to pass a hockey puck at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church, Va., during Capitals Hockey School. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alum Alan Hangsleben shows a student at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church, Va., how to receive a hockey pass during Capitals Hockey School. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals Alumni Alan Hangsleben and Alan May
Host Capitals Hockey School at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumni Alan Hangsleben, Alan May and mascot Slapshot visited Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church, Va., on Tuesday, May 15, to host Capitals Hockey School.

The former Caps players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 200 fifth- through seventh-grade students. Hangsleben and May instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as stick-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. Two students even volunteered to dress as goalies, learning how to put on the equipment and how to handle the goalie stick.

The students then played alongside the pair of players in a friendly scrimmage. Hangsleben played with the boys and defeated May and the girls’ team 2-1. The players then challenged the Mary Ellen Henderson teachers and staff to a scrimmage, which ended in a 0-0 tie. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.

“The level of excitement today was unbelievable,” said Hangsleben. “This is completely different from when I was in high school, it’s great. There was a lot of enthusiasm today with the kids and even with the teachers.”

“As far as I know the girls won the scrimmage; last goal wins,” said May. “Both teams were giving a lot of effort out here today. It was a lot of fun.”

All students who participated in the session received autographs from Hangsleben and May, Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets. The school also received an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.

This was the 17th Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.

This is the fifth-consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps have hosted more than 50 clinics and reached more than 7,500 students in the past four years. Hockey School is a free program, designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey while teaching proper hockey technique. Each school will receive an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.

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