April 21, 2021

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alumni Langway and Laughlin Participate in Flashes of Hope

Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot pose with a family during a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The photo shoot marked the third year the Washington Capitals have participated in a Flashes of Hope session. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot pose with a child during a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Flashes of Hope aims to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot pose with a family during a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot participated in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography

Nearly 20 families were photographed during the session with the goal of helping children feel better about their changing appearance. During the shoot, part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, Langway, Laughlin and Slapshot posed for photographs with each child.

“The fact that we can come here and put some cheer into the lives of these kids is second to none,” said Laughlin. “We had a great time with the children today and I hope they and their families treasure the portraits.”

Flashes of Hope aims to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured and also raises money for pediatric cancer research. Each participating family receives a portfolio of the portraits and a CD of the images at no cost.

“Through the photo shoot the children are able to forget about the hospital world for a while and be regular kids,” said Tammi Wolfson, co-director of the Washington, D.C., chapter of Flashes of Hope. “Some kids are clearly in treatment and the photo shoot allows them to celebrate the beauty that they have.”

The photo shoot marked the third year the Washington Capitals have participated in a Flashes of Hope session. Washington Capitals Charities helped create the Washington, D.C., chapter of Flashes of Hope and has funded the organization for the past three years.

“Programs like Flashes of Hope take children’s mind off treatments, especially with special visitors like the Washington Capitals,” said Mark Miller, associate vice president for communications for the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Children’s National Medical Center. “Flashes of Hope gives families a moment to smile during a challenging time and is an example of how we help kids be kids even when they’re in the hospital.”

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 Langway and Mulvey Host Hockey School

Washington Capitals alumnus Rod Langway instructs a student on passing during a Washington Capitals Hockey School at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School in Ashburn, Va. on Oct. 4, 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals Alumni Rod Langway and Paul Mulvey Host Capitals Hockey School
at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumnus and NHL Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Paul Mulvey and mascot Slapshot visited Creighton’s Corner Elementary School in Ashburn, Va., on Thursday, Oct. 4, for the third 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.

Langway and Mulvey began the session by responding to questions from an audience of 190 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 Langway and Mulvey as their teammates. The scrimmage ended in a tie, with Langway representing the girls team and Mulvey representing the boys team.

“The kids adapted well to the lessons that we gave them,” said Langway, a former Capitals defenseman who played in more than 700 games with the team from 1982-93. “They were so excited to play hockey and it was great to see their enthusiasm for the sport.”

“Some of the students out there with us were hockey players, and they were superb,” said Mulvey, a former Capitals left wing who played in 187 games with the team from 1978-81. “I hope all the children enjoyed learning about the game.”

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. Creighton’s Corner 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.

Washington Capitals alumnus Paul Mulvey instructs a student on stickhandling during a Washington Capitals Hockey School at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School in Ashburn, Va., on Oct. 4, 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumni Rod Langway and Paul Mulvey pose with students and staff following a Washington Capitals Hockey School at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School in Ashburn, Va. on Oct. 4, 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alumni Play in 4th Annual Charity Hockey Classic

Missing hockey? Get your tickets now for the Fourth Annual Charity Hockey Classic on September 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

“Give blood, play hockey.”

Washington Capital Alumni Squad to Debut at Fourth Annual Charity Hockey Classic Benefitting Inova Blood Donor Services
Tickets now on sale for Sunday, September 9 event at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

ARLINGTON, VA – Inova Blood Donor Services is asking the local community to “give blood, play hockey” as they host their fourth annual fundraising event, the Charity Hockey Classic, which will — for the first time — feature members of the Washington Capitals Alumni facing off against three local teams, including two-time defending champion Virginia Coaching Cardinals on Sunday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Admission to see the Capitals Alumni compete in this round-robin tournament against the Booz Allen Minutemen, Northern Virginia Law Enforcers and Coaching Cardinals is $10 per person and FREE for kids. All fans are encouraged to wear their hockey jerseys.

“The fourth Charity Hockey Classic promises to be another spirited day of competition and charitable giving by the local hockey community,” said Charity Hockey Classic Chairman Adam Bartholomew. “We are thrilled and grateful to welcome the Washington Capitals Alumni program for the first time and appreciate the support of our two returning squads along with the Northern Virginia Law Enforcers for their support of our mission to provide a safe and adequate blood supply to the entire DC metro area.”

The Capitals alumni team, which will also include some front office staffers, is in the process of assembling with a final team roster anticipated later this month. Current Washington Capitals teammates Matt Hendricks and Jeff Schultz have offered their support in the past serving as honorary captains.

The Cardinals, a ‘flock’ of youth hockey coaches from across Northern Virginia, blanked the Booz Allen Minutemen (Booz Allen Hamilton’s corporate hockey team) in last year’s contest by a score of 5-0, and look to defend their title, securing a three-peat in 2012. The Cardinals roster consists of coaches from local youth hockey programs including the Ashburn Xtreme, Reston Raiders, NoVA Ice Dogs, and Washington Little Caps. The Booz Allen Minutemen features employees from across the region while local officers and patrolmen will comprise the hard-charging Northern Virginia Law Enforcers. Each squad will face one another in a 15-minute mini-game.

The beneficiary of the Charity Hockey Classic is Inova Blood Donor Services, a service line to the not-for-profit Inova Health System that collects, tests and provides blood and blood products each day to 15 hospitals and medical centers throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. In 2011, the event raised over $65,000 – up from $40,000 in 2010 (an increase of over 60%) and pushing the three-year total to just over $146,000 The goal for 2012 has been set to raise $90,000, which is needed to refurbish one of Inova’s older bloodmobiles.

Kettler Capitals Iceplex (home of the Washington Capitals) will host the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its location atop Ballston Common Mall. Other attractions and game entertainment include a silent auction, local celebrity appearances by radio personalities, Mike O’Meara, Oscar Santana, Buzz Burbank and Robb Spewak from The Mike O’Meara Show, Capital’s mascot Slapshot and spirit team, the Red Rockers. And be sure to catch the intermission games with mini-mites youth hockey and the popular chuck-a-duck promotion.

Inova Blood Donor Services, a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Sterling, VA, also maintains its strong ties to the hockey community as the Official Blood Collection Agency of the Washington Capitals in addition to partnerships with the Washington Nationals and George Mason University.

For additional information regarding the Charity Hockey Classic or to purchase tickets, priced at just $10, please contact Adam Bartholomew at Adam.Bartholomew@inova.org or visit www.charityhockeyclassic.com.

About Inova Health System
Inova Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. For more information, please visit www.inova.org.

About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.59 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011 (NYSE: BAH).

Washington Capitals Name Calle Johansson Assistant Coach

Calle Johansson at Caps Alumni Game, 9/23/2011. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Name Calle Johansson Assistant Coach

Former Capitals Defenseman is the Franchise Leader in Games Played

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Calle Johansson the team’s assistant coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Johansson, 45, holds the record for the most games played as a Washington Capital, appearing in 983 games with Washington from 1989-2003. Johansson holds Washington records for points (474) and assists (361) by a defenseman and ranks third in goals (113) all-time. He was an alternate captain with Washington during the 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2002-03 seasons. Johansson along with current Capitals head coach Adam Oates and associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig, played for the Capitals team that reached the 1998 Stanley Cup finals. He helped the Capitals reach the playoffs in 11 of his 15 seasons with Washington and holds franchise playoff records for games played (95) and points (54) by a defenseman.

The Goteberg, Sweden, native played in 1,109 career NHL games, collecting 535 points (119 goals, 416 assists) and 519 penalty minutes. Johansson was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (14th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and was traded to Washington on March 7, 1989, with a second-round pick (Byron Dafoe) in the 1989 draft for Clint Malarchuk, Grant Ledyard and Washington’s sixth choice in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The 5’11”, 203-pound blueliner played for Buffalo and Washington before retiring on August 7, 2003. Johansson worked briefly as a scout for the Capitals before coming out of retirement to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the 2003-04 season. He appeared in eight regular-season games (collecting six assists) and four playoff games before retiring at the end of the season.

Johansson represented Sweden at numerous international tournaments, including the 1983 and 1984 (gold medal) European Junior Championships, the 1986 and 1987 (bronze medal) World Junior Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1991 (gold medal) and 1992 (gold medal) World Championships, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Following his playing career, Johansson became a color commentator and provided analysis for Swedish television for both the Swedish Elite League (SEL) and the NHL. He was an assistant coach for Frolunda of the SEL during the 2006-07 season before returning to broadcasting.

Washington Capitals Development Camp Day Two: Jaynen Rissling trying to make name for himself

Development Camp is all about young players — whether they are draftees or free agents, come from a junior team or college, North American or born overseas — trying to make a name for themselves in front of the coaches of the team that brought them into camp for the organization. The Washington Capitals Developmental Camp this week, under the watchful eyes of GM George McPhee and new head coach Adam Oates, is no different. [Read more…]

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.

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alums Langway and Mulvey Host Hockey School

Washington Capitals alum Paul Mulvey helps show a student at Haycock Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., how to control a puck at Capitals Hockey School. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals ambassador and alum Rod Langway shows a student at Haycock Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., how to properly hold a hockey stick during Capitals Hockey School. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals Alumni Rod Langway and Paul Mulvey
Host Capitals Hockey School At Haycock Elementary School

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals ambassador and alum Rod Langway, fellow alum Paul Mulvey and Capitals mascot Slapshot visited Haycock Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., on Wednesday, April 11, 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 150 sixth-grade students. Langway and Mulvey 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 be dressed 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. Langway played with the boys and defeated Mulvey and the girls’ team 2-1. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.

“The kids today had a lot of talent, it was great,” said Langway. “It’s always a pleasure to be here and be able to see the sport of hockey grow.”

“I love teaching the sport of hockey to kids,” said Mulvey. “You could tell they were excited for playoffs because it seemed like everyone was wearing a jersey today, even the teachers.”

All students who participated in the session received autographs from Langway and Mulvey, 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 15th 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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