October 22, 2018

PHOTOS: Washington Capitals Home Opener 2014

The Washington Capitals hosted the Montreal Canadiens for the 2014 home opener on Thursday night, October 9. The crowd returned to rock the red for a brand new season. The Habs ended up with the 2-1 in a four round shootout. See DSP’s Three Stars of the Game and game recap.

Enjoy the photos from the player introductions, ceremonial puck drop to kick off the Caps’ 40th Anniversary featuring four Capitals’ greats and the National Anthems.

40th Anniversary Logo - Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

40th Anniversary Logo – Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

INTRODUCTIONS TO THE 2014 WASHINGTON CAPITALS……

Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 - Caps waiting to be introduced (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 – Caps waiting to be introduced (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps coaching staff and scratched players - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps coaching staff and scratched players – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Matt Niskanen - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Matt Niskanen – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Eric Fehr - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Eric Fehr – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Troy Brouwer - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Troy Brouwer – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Brooks Laich - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Brooks Laich – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jason Chimera - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jason Chimera – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Karl Alzner - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Karl Alzner – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Justin Peters - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Justin Peters – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jack Hillen - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jack Hillen – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Joel Ward - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Joel Ward – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Andre Burakovsky - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Andre Burakovsky – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Chris Brown - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Chris Brown – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Braden Holtby - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Braden Holtby – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

John Carlson - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

John Carlson – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Liam O'Brien - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Liam O’Brien – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nate Schmidt - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nate Schmidt – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Marcus Johansson - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Marcus Johansson – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Evgeny Kuznetsov - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nicklas Backstrom - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nicklas Backstrom – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Brooks Orpik (Caps Debut)- Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Brooks Orpik (Caps Debut)- Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin – Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP……

Former Caps Captain Rod Langway - Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Caps Captain Rod Langway – Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Capitals Rod Langway, Craig Laughlin, Sylvain Cote and Peter Bondra, wearing the jerseys they played in, to drop ceremonial puck before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Capitals Rod Langway, Craig Laughlin, Sylvain Cote and Peter Bondra, wearing the jerseys they played in, to drop ceremonial puck before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

All-time Caps goals leader, Peter Bondra - Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

All-time Caps goals leader, Peter Bondra – Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin skates to join former Caps for ceremonial puck drop - Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin skates to join former Caps for ceremonial puck drop – Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Capitals Rod Langway, Craig Laughlin, Sylvain Cote and Peter Bondra drop ceremonial puck joined by Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin and Habs Andrei Markov before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Capitals Rod Langway, Craig Laughlin, Sylvain Cote and Peter Bondra drop ceremonial puck joined by Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin and Habs Andrei Markov before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Handshakes after ceremonial puck drop - Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Handshakes after ceremonial puck drop – Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATIONAL ANTHEMS……

Caleb Green and Bob McDonald singing the Canadian National Anthem (featuring the new closed captioning on scoreboard) -Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014

Caleb Green and Bob McDonald singing the Canadian National Anthem (featuring the new closed captioning on scoreboard) -Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014

Caleb Green and Bob McDonald singing the National Anthem -Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014

Caleb Green and Bob McDonald singing the National Anthem -Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014

Habs during the National Anthem - Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Habs during the National Anthem – Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps during National Anthem - Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps during National Anthem – Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation Participate in MLK Day of Service

Washington Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway, West Education Campus principal Andria Caruthers, Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent C. Gray at the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Washington Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway, West Education Campus principal Andria Caruthers, Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent C. Gray at the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Volunteers working on a mural created by Susan Schwerin at West Education Campus during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project.  (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Volunteers working on a mural created by Susan Schwerin at West Education Campus during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project.
(Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway working with volunteers during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway working with volunteers during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and volunteers during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge and volunteers during the MSE Foundation MLK Day of Service project. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Network)

 

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Playworks Washington, D.C., Participate in MLK Day of Service Project at West Education Campus
Bullets alumnus Dandridge, Capitals alumnus Langway and Washington, D.C., mayor Gray attend

Washington, D.C. – Washington Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge, Capitals Hall-of-Famer Rod Langway and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent C. Gray participated in a MLK Day of Service project hosted by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Playworks Washington, D.C., at West Education Campus in northwest D.C. on Monday, Jan. 20.

“Monumental is such a well-known and well-respected organization in the city,” said Gray. “Having the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics as a part of their operation, it means so much and it demands so much respect in this city. And what I think it does is it encourages other people to step up and volunteer also.”

They were joined by 50 Capitals, Mystics and Wizards fans who took part in tasks that included painting murals, organizing the library and assembling and painting benches. The murals were generously created and donated by Susan Schwerin, who has created murals for MSE Foundation at multiple schools throughout the District of Columbia.

“It’s a good feeling when you spend time doing something that benefits the kids,” said Langway. “It makes you feel that you’re part of the community and it’s a great opportunity to meet some of the fans and people that give their time.”

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey.

To watch a video recap of the service project visit MonumentalNetwork.com.

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Playworks currently partners with 14 public and public charter schools in Washington, D.C., serving 5,000 students each day.

CAPS: Current and Former Capitals Signing Autographs

AUTOGRAPH OPPORTUNITY FOR CAPS FANS!

Several current and former Washington Capitals will be heading out to the Dulles, Virginia on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Autograph tickets are available for purchase. See information below for amount per autograph. Now is your chance to get that something special signed by your favorite Caps.

Braden Holtby – ($65)
Troy Brouwer – ($40)
Jack Hillen – ($20)
Wojek Wolski – ($20)
Aaron Volpatti – ($20)
John Erskine – ($30)

CAPS ALUMNI: (Autographs are FREE with Purchase-see site)

Bryan Watson
Ken Sabourin
Paul Mulvey
Al Hangsleben

See link for more information.

Where: 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Suite #162, Dulles, VA 20166

Jack Hillen - Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jack Hillen – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

CAPS: Capitals Alumnus Alan May Hosts Hockey School at Manassas Park Elementary School

Washington Capitals alumnus Alan May instructs a student on stickhandling during a Washington Capitals Hockey School at Manassas Park Elementary School on April 5. The visit marked the team’s fourteenth assembly of the academic year. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus Alan May instructs a student on stickhandling during a Washington Capitals Hockey School at Manassas Park Elementary School on April 5. The visit marked the team’s fourteenth assembly of the academic year. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot instructs a Manassas Park Elementary School student on goaltending during a Hockey School program on April 5. Hockey School is a free instructional and interactive program that aims to expose students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot instructs a Manassas Park Elementary School student on goaltending during a Hockey School program on April 5. Hockey School is a free instructional and interactive program that aims to expose students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus Alan May leads his team in a chant prior to playing in a scrimmage against Slapshot’s boys team. Hockey School is a free instructional and interactive program that aims to expose students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus Alan May leads his team in a chant prior to playing in a scrimmage against Slapshot’s boys team. Hockey School is a free instructional and interactive program that aims to expose students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals Alumnus Alan May Hosts Hockey School at Manassas Park Elementary School
As a child in Alberta, Canada, opportunities for Washington Capitals alumnus Alan May to play hockey depended on one stipulation: good grades.

“School was really important to be able to play hockey because if I didn’t bring home good grades, my parents wouldn’t let me play,” May recently told a group of 215 Manassas Park Elementary School students. “In order for me to get out of the house for my parents to let me play hockey I had to have really good grades in school. It’s pretty important, especially for kids who want to go to college.”

May, who played with the Capitals from 1989-94 as a left wing, was at the Manassas Park, Va., school for a Washington Capitals Hockey School.

Hockey School is a free instructional and interactive program that aims to expose students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique.

During the program May introduced students to hockey by sharing anecdotes about his experience playing hockey, including memories from the first time he played hockey as a three-year-old to highlights of his first professional hockey game.

Following a question and answer session, May demonstrated skills and offered one-on-one instruction to students on stickhandling, passing and shooting.
Students then played in a scrimmage with May and Capitals mascot Slapshot as their teammates.

“It was a very good group of kids – enthusiastic as always,” said May, who currently serves as Comcast SportsNet’s Capitals Analyst. “They had a lot of fun and seemed like they really love the game of hockey.”

At the conclusion of the visit, which was the team’s fourteenth assembly of the academic year, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to the school.

“It was awesome to have the Capitals come into the school,” said Manassas Park physical education teacher Ryan Bogner. “Now that we’ve received all this equipment from the Capitals – we’ve got goals, we’ve got goalie equipment, we’ve got sticks, pucks – we’re definitely going to be able to incorporate hockey more into our education curriculum.”

CAPS: Ribeiro and Laughlin Host Hockey School at Rita Bright Family and Youth Center

Following a Hockey School at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in northwest Washington, D.C., Washington Capitals alumnus Craig Laughlin (far left) and Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro (far right) pose with Rita Bright Family and Youth Center staff and Meridian Public Charter School students on Feb. 20. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Following a Hockey School at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in northwest Washington, D.C., Washington Capitals alumnus Craig Laughlin (far left) and Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro (far right) pose with Rita Bright Family and Youth Center staff and Meridian Public Charter School students on Feb. 20. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro instructs a Meridian Public Charter School student on passing during a Hockey School program at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in northwest Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro instructs a Meridian Public Charter School student on passing during a Hockey School program at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in northwest Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus and Comcast SportsNet color commentator Craig Laughlin prepares his team for a scrimmage during a Hockey School assembly at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in northwest Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus and Comcast SportsNet color commentator Craig Laughlin prepares his team for a scrimmage during a Hockey School assembly at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in northwest Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

 

Washington Capitals Forward Mike Ribeiro and Alumnus Craig Laughlin
Host Hockey School at Rita Bright Family and Youth Center

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro, alumnus and Comcast SportsNet color commentator Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot visited the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center, part of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), in northwest Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to host Capitals Hockey School.

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.

The trio directed a floor hockey session with 175 students from Meridian Public Charter School which serves a primarily low-income student population in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 1.

During the assembly Ribeiro and Laughlin participated in a question-and-answer session and led a skills demonstration for the students. They guided the students through several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting prior to inviting them to demonstrate what they learned.
The clinic concluded with several students participating in a brief scrimmage joined by Ribeiro and Laughlin as their teammates.

Ribeiro, who currently leads Washington in points and assists, represented the boys team. Laughlin, who played with the Capitals from the 1981-82 season though the 1988-89 season, represented the girls team. Following a 1-1 tie, the scrimmage ended with the girls defeating the boys in a shootout.

Following the clinic, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to LAYC. The Capitals also provided each student with a hockey 101 booklet, a squishy puck and an autograph from Ribeiro and Laughlin. Meridian Public Charter School also received a Capitals Hockey School banner.

“It was great to see the kids have a good time and have the chance to learn about hockey,” said Ribeiro, who was acquired by the Capitals in June 2012 and has appeared in 15 games with the team. “I enjoyed teaching them and playing in the scrimmage with them and hope they have fun with the equipment.”

The assembly marked the twelfth Capitals Hockey School of the 2012-13 academic year. 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 Alumni May and Mulvey Host Hockey School

Washington Capitals alumnus Alan May instructs a student on stickhandling during a Hockey School assembly at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The event was held in conjunction with the Capitals celebration of Hockey is for Everyone™ Month, a league wide initiative that offers children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus Alan May instructs a student on stickhandling during a Hockey School assembly at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The event was held in conjunction with the Capitals celebration of Hockey is for Everyone™ Month, a league wide initiative that offers children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus Paul Mulvey advises a Thurgood Marshall Elementary School student on passing during a Hockey School program at the school on Feb. 11. During the assembly alumnus Alan May and Mulvey guided the students through several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting prior to inviting them to demonstrate what they learned. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus Paul Mulvey advises a Thurgood Marshall Elementary School student on passing during a Hockey School program at the school on Feb. 11. During the assembly alumnus Alan May and Mulvey guided the students through several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting prior to inviting them to demonstrate what they learned. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

Washington Capitals Alumni Host Hockey School
in Conjunction with Hockey is for Everyone Month

ARLINGTON, Va. – Around three years old, Washington Capitals alumni Alan May and Paul Mulvey each began playing hockey. During a Hockey School assembly at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in northeast Washington, D.C. on Feb. 11, both attributed their success in the National Hockey League to skills they began developing as children, encouraging area students to pick up the sport.

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.

Along with mascot Slapshot, May and Mulvey directed a floor hockey session in the school’s gymnasium with the entire student population at Thurgood Marshall. The Capitals adopted the school for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

The event was held in conjunction with the Capitals celebration of Hockey is for Everyone™ Month, a league wide initiative that offers children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey and leverages the sport as a catalyst to teach essential life skills and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork.

During the assembly May and Mulvey guided the students through several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting prior to inviting them to demonstrate what they learned.
Students, who have been practicing hockey as part of their physical education curriculum, participated in a brief scrimmage joined by May and Mulvey as their teammates. With May representing the girls team and Mulvey representing the boys, the game ended in a tie.

Following the clinic, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to D.C. Public Schools. The Capitals also provided each student with a hockey 101 booklet, a squishy puck and an autograph from May and Mulvey.

“I think the biggest thing when we come out to these is that we leave all of the hockey equipment – the nets, the sticks, the goalie equipment,” said May. “The kids love it and it just adds to their physical education. Hockey is another great sport for them to play.”

The assembly was the eleventh Capitals Hockey School of the 2012-13 academic year. 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.

The Capitals adopted Thurgood Marshall Elementary for the 2012-13 school year. In August Capitals center Mike Ribeiro and more than 150 Capitals fans participated in D.C. Public Schools’ annual Beautification Day, preparing the building for the first day of school.

Washington Capitals Charities purchased supplies for the beautification efforts as well as back-to-school items for each child. In addition to participating in the Hockey School program, Thurgood Marshall also is enrolled in the Caps@School program.

“The Capitals have done so many things and given so much to the school,” said principal Rembert Seaward following the assembly. “Today the kids were really jazzed about getting involved around the gym. Some are already saying, ‘I might want to be a hockey player.”

CAPS: Happy Birthday, Peter Bondra

HAPPY 45th BIRTHDAY TO CAPS ALUM, PETER BONDRA!

The Washington Capitals Right Wing alum was born on 02/07/1968 in Luck, Ukraine, USSR.

Happy Birthday to #12.

Peter Bondra at Caps Alumni Game (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Peter Bondra at Caps Alumni Game, 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alum and Assistant Coach Host Hockey School at Crestwood Elementary

Crestwood Elementary School Students Scrimmage with the Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – During a recent afternoon in Crestwood Elementary School’s gymnasium, students were joined in a hockey scrimmage by special guests from the Washington Capitals.

The matchup, featuring assistant coach Blaine Forsythe and alumnus Nelson Burton, followed an hour-long Hockey School assembly attended by 230 fourth- through sixth-grade students.

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.

Prior to joining the Springfield, Va., students in a scrimmage, Forsythe and Burton demonstrated skills and helped students practice techniques including stickhandling, passing and shooting.

Forsythe is in his seventh year with Washington and his fourth as an assistant coach. Burton, a former Capitals left wing, played with the team from 1977-1979.

“The enthusiasm was top notch and the skills were pretty good.” Forsythe said. “Some of the kids really could handle the ball right away without a lot of teaching.”

At the conclusion of the assembly the Capitals donated a set of hockey equipment and a Capitals Hockey School banner to Crestwood Elementary, while each student received a hockey 101 booklet and a squishy puck.

Physical education teacher Jenna Makharita said she and her students look forward to using the new equipment.

“Being able to keep the equipment is so exciting,” she said. “I have kids asking if we are going to play hockey today so I’m going to have to get that on the schedule pretty soon.”

The assembly marked the ninth program of the 2012-13 academic year. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.

“It is a lot of fun for us to be here and to see the kids,” Forsyth said following the assembly. “Hockey School is really important – you can just see it by the looks on their faces.”

Washington Capitals assistant coach Blaine Forsythe, alumnus Nelson Burton and mascot Slapshot pose with Crestwood Elementary School students and staff following a Capitals Hockey School assembly. (Photo courtesy of Washington Capitals).

Washington Capitals assistant coach Blaine Forsythe, alumnus Nelson Burton and mascot Slapshot pose with Crestwood Elementary School students and staff following a Capitals Hockey School assembly. (Photo courtesy of Washington Capitals).

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alum Calle Johansson Hosts Hockey School

Capitals Assistant Coach Calle Johansson Schools Alexandria Students on Hockey

ARLINGTON, Va. – Prior to becoming a Washington record holder in points and assists by a defenseman, Washington Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson learned the basics of hockey playing the game in a parking lot with his father.

Responding to questions from a group of 160 third- through -eighth grade Blessed Sacrament School students, the anecdote was among stories Johansson shared during a recent Capitals Hockey School assembly.

Featuring instruction from Capitals coaches and alumni, 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.

While Johansson told the Alexandria, Va., students he began playing hockey at six years old, he encouraged students of any age to pick up the game.

“I’ve seen guys starting at eight, nine and 10, and they became great hockey players – just because you didn’t start when you were five or six it doesn’t mean you can’t do it,” he advised.

“When I grew up,” Johansson said as he gestured to the street hockey equipment placed around the gymnasium, “We did this in the parking lot back home.”

During the assembly the Goteberg, Sweden, native drew on his experiences playing in 1,109 NHL games to instruct students on stickhandling, passing and shooting prior to joining them in a scrimmage.

As the children became goalies, defenseman and forwards – many of them for the first time – Johansson alternated between playing with and cheering on the students throughout a game that ended in a tie.

“We had a great hour and a half at Blessed Sacrament School,” Johansson said following the clinic. “Every time I pull up my car to one of these, I am amazed at how far hockey has come in this region.”

The Blessed Sacrament visit marked the seventh Capitals Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year, with 2012-13 marking the sixth consecutive year the Capitals have conducted the program.

Following each clinic the Capitals donate a set of street hockey equipment to the school. Last year more than $13,000 worth of street hockey equipment was donated to 20 local schools through the team’s Hockey School program and playoff pep rally contest.

To date the Capitals have hosted more than 70 clinics and reached more than 10,000 students by hosting two Hockey School visits each month between September and May.

In addition to the equipment donation, all students receive an autographed alumni card, a hockey 101 booklet and a Capitals squishy puck, while the school receives a Capitals Hockey School banner.

Learning about hockey directly from Johansson was especially meaningful for the students, said school principal Valerie Garcia.

“It was a great day for the kids to see somebody professional who played at that high of a level telling them about the sport,” said Garcia. “He’s a great role model for them and it also is great to get all of the equipment.”

Washington Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson takes questions during a Hockey School assembly at Blessed Sacrament School in Alexandria, Va. During the clinic Johansson instructed students on stickhandling, passing and shooting. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson takes questions during a Hockey School assembly at Blessed Sacrament School in Alexandria, Va. During the clinic Johansson instructed students on stickhandling, passing and shooting. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson instructs a Blessed Sacrament School student on stickhandling during a Hockey School clinic. The visit marked the Capitals seventh Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson instructs a Blessed Sacrament School student on stickhandling during a Hockey School clinic. The visit marked the Capitals seventh Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson, Capitals mascot Slapshot and Blessed Sacrament School principal Valerie Garcia pose with a Hockey School partner banner. Following a hockey clinic, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to the school. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson, Capitals mascot Slapshot and Blessed Sacrament School principal Valerie Garcia pose with a Hockey School partner banner. Following a hockey clinic, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to the school. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

 

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alums Paul Mulvey and Errol Rausse Host Hockey School

Washington Capitals alumnus Paul Mulvey instructs a group of students on stickhandling and passing during a Washington Capitals Hockey School assembly at Rolling Ridge Elementary School in Sterling, Va., on Nov. 28. Mulvey is a former Capitals left wing who played with the team from 1978 to 1981. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus Errol Rausse, who played with the Capitals from 1979 to 1983, instructs a student on stickhandling during a Washington Capitals Hockey School assembly at Rolling Ridge Elementary School in Sterling, Va., on Nov. 28. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Rolling Ridge Elementary School students and staff pose with Capitals alumni Paul Mulvey and Errol Rausse during Hockey School assembly on Nov. 28. Following the assembly the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to the school. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals Alumni Paul Mulvey and Errol Rausse Host
Capitals Hockey School at Rolling Ridge Elementary School

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumni Paul Mulvey and Errol Rausse and mascot Slapshot visited Rolling Ridge Elementary School in Sterling, Va., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, for the sixth 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.

Mulvey and Rausse began the program by answering questions from an audience of 180 fourth- and fifth-grade students prior to demonstrating basic hockey skills including stick-handling, passing and shooting to the group. Students were then invited to practice the skills in front of their peers.

Mulvey is a former Capitals left wing who played with the team from 1978 to 1981. Rausse, also a left wing, played with the team from 1979 to 1983.

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

“We had a terrific time with the students at Rolling Ridge,” said Rausse. “It was great to teach the students and be able to help grow the game of hockey.”

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. Rolling Ridge Elementary School also received a Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school gymnasium.

The program is currently in its sixth year, with the Capitals hosting two Hockey School visits each month between September and May. The Capitals have hosted more than 70 clinics and reach more than 10,000 students in the past four years.

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