March 6, 2021

CAPS: Volunteer Fans Needed at Food Bank

Washington Capitals Fans – Want you to help us make a difference in the community?

Join Capitals alum Peter Bondra, mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers, along with Comcast SportsNet play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati and anchor/reporter Jill Sorenson and Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar at the Capital Area Food Bank on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Volunteers are needed from 1-4 p.m. to help pack and sort donated food at the Capital Area Food Bank’s food distribution center.

Show the community that you care, chat hockey with fellow fans and give back with the Caps. Space is limited so sign up soon!

Check out last year’s photos!

Caps presenting check for $10,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank in 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

 

CAPS: Hockey ‘N Heels 2012

Hockey ‘N Heels returned to the Verizon Center for the first time since the inaugural event in 2007. Many fans that had previous attended the Hockey ‘N Heels events at Kettler were excited about the venue change, especially the opportunity to see the Caps’ locker room. Getting a chance to walk across the Verizon Center ice was a treat as well.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Caps Locker Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

This was the second Hockey ‘N Heels during the 2011-2012 season. The first one was in November at Kettler and featured Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer, Mathieu Perreault, former Head Coach Bruce Boudreau and former Assistant Coach Bob Woods. (Re-cap and photos). After talking with several attendees, an overwhelming majority preferred the Verizon Center venue.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Fans with players' sticks in Caps Equipment Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

On Monday night, Jan. 23, 2012, MIX 107.3 radio personality Chilli Amar kicked off the event with about 200 female hockey fans, close to half were first timers by a show of hands. The 6-9:15 p.m. event featured instructional lessons and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals’ female audience. As always, this year’s event was only open to members of Club Scarlet, the Capitals’ female fan club.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Chilli Amar and Caps Goalie Tomas Vokoun (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The evening was divided into six sessions, including two on-ice demonstrations. The two on-ice sessions featured learning how to shoot the puck with defensemen Dmitri Orlov and Dennis Wideman and teaching the ladies how to stop the puck in the net with goalie Tomas Vokoun at the other end of the ice.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Dennis Wideman providing shooting instruction (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Caps Goalie Tomas Vokoun helping fan put on goalie glove (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Caps Defensemen Dennis Wideman and Dmitri Orlov (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The third session was a photo station, a new addition to Hockey ‘n Heels this season. Nicklas Backstrom posed for photos in November and this event featured forward Alexander Semin taking pictures with each Hockey ‘n Heels attendee. The photos will be emailed to the attendees after the event.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Alex Semin posing for photos with fans (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The fourth session featured Caps’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish explaining to the ladies what fitness routines the players go through. The ladies actually performed real drills that the players do before games.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Mark Nemish (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Ladies running through strength and conditioning drills (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The fifth session was a question and answer sit down with former Capital and Comcast SportsNet analyst Alan May (Caps assistant coach Jim Johnson was unable to attend as previously scheduled). May broke the news of Alex Ovechkin’s suspension to the ladies which prompted many questions about the suspension, hits, concussions and general play of the game.

Alan May can sure tell a story. One group was entertained by his animated tale of the scrap with Kevin “Killer” Kaminski during the Alumni Game in the fall. The one comment repeated throughout the tour (sixth session) was that there was not enough time with May. If you follow him on Twitter (and if you don’t you should), you already know that he is open, honest and funny.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Q&A with Alan May (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The sixth session was a tour of the event floor at Verizon Center including the media room, family room, players’ lounge, visitors’ locker room, Caps locker room and equipment room. During the tour, head equipment manager Brock Myles explained the different equipment the players wear, how he arranges the locker room in order to get ready for a game, which equipment was kept at Kettler and a lot of other fun tidbits. Mike Knuble prefers Big League Chew bubble gum. The team travels with 3,500 lbs of equipment for a game. He has the inside scoop. Many ladies expressed how much they enjoyed the tour and that it was their favorite part of the event.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Brock Myles (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Q&A with Brock Myles in Caps Locker Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

There were also fantastic refreshments from Taylor Gourmet and attendees got to take home a souvenir Club Scarlet tumbler. Hockey ‘N Heels was another success and the women are looking forward to the next one.

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Attendees received souvenir tumbers (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Tour Photos:

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Media Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Caps Family Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Fan testing out couch in the Caps' family room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Game goals hanging on wall (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Caps hockey sticks (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Caps Equipment Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Glove dryer in Caps equipment room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Blade sharpener in Caps Equipment Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Skate blades in Caps Equipment Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tour of Verizon Center: Containers in Caps Equipment Room including gum for Ovi and Knuble (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Additional Photos:

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Dennis Wideman explaining how to hold a hockey stick (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Fan getting goalie tips from Caps Goalie Tomas Vokoun (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Caps Goalie Tomas Vokoun helping fan put on goalie glove (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Alex Semin posed for photos with each attendee (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Nemish coaching ladies through strength and conditioning drills (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Alan May at Q&A (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Ladies in Caps Locker Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Caps Locker Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Caps Locker Room (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Tomas Vokoun (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Dmitri Orlov (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Dennis Wideman (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Hockey 'N Heels 2012 - Last fans leaving Verizon Center (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)


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: Hockey ‘n Heels Update

As previously announced on DSP Beyond the Game, Hockey ‘n Heels is back for a second time this season. The November event was a success so it is no surprise that the Monday, Jan. 23 event is SOLDOUT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details have been released for the event.

MIX 107.3 radio personality Chilli Amar will kick off the event, which runs from 6-9:15 p.m. with check-in beginning at 5:30 p.m. The annual event features instructional lessons and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals’ female audience. Once again this year’s event was only open to members of Club Scarlet, the Capitals’ female fan club.

The evening will be divided into six sessions, with the popular on-ice demonstrations featuring instructions from Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Vokoun and Dennis Wideman. The two on-ice sessions will include the ladies learning how to shoot the puck with defensemen Orlov and Wideman, with Vokoun on the other end of the ice teaching the ladies how to stop the puck in the net.

The third session will be the picture station, a new addition to Hockey ‘n Heels this season. This event will feature Alexander Semin taking pictures with each Hockey ‘n Heels attendee. The photos will be emailed to the attendees after the event.

The fourth session will be a question and answer sit down with Caps assistant coach Jim Johnson and former Capital and Comcast SportsNet analyst Alan May. The two will discuss the rules of hockey and take questions from the group. The fifth session features Caps’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish explaining to the ladies what fitness routines the players go through.

The sixth session will give the ladies a tour of the Capitals locker room courtesy of head equipment manager Brock Myles. During the tour Myles will explain the different equipment the players wear and how he arranges the locker room in order to get ready for a game. Have you ever wondered what type of flavor gum Mike Knuble likes? Myles knows. He has the inside scoop for the ladies.

All sessions and players are subject to change.

WHO: Washington Capitals Dmitry Orlov, Alexander Semin, Tomas Vokoun and Dennis Wideman along with assistant coach Jim Johnson, strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish and head equipment manager Brock Myles as well as former Capital Alan May

WHAT: The annual event features instructional lessons and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals’ female audience.

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 6- 9:15 p.m.

WHERE: Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

CAPS: Carlson, May and Fans at Capital Area Food Bank

Approximately sixty-five Caps fan volunteers joined Caps defenseman John Carlson at the Capital Area Food Bank on Tuesday, Nov. 22 to help make a difference in the community.

Caps fans prepared weekend bags (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

To raise awareness for the Capitals Canned Food Drive presented by Volkswagen, food drive spokesman and Caps defenseman John Carlson, fans, Caps mascot Slapshot, Comcast SportsNet’s Alan May (and former Capital) and Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar helped pack and sort donated food at the Capital Area Food Bank’s D.C. warehouse.

Fans, Chilli Amar and Alan May packing boxes (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The first task was to fill 1200 “Weekend Bags” so volunteers created an assembly line to get the items into the bags and drop off at the table where Chilli Amar, her husband Don and other fans tied the bags and then Alan “workhorse” May and fans boxed and taped up the boxes.

Chilli Amar and Alan May stopped to pose (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

“We’re here helping families who otherwise wouldn’t have food to eat on a lot of days where children don’t eat until they get to school,” explained Alan May. “We filled 1200 boxes full of food, five bags of food per box to feed kids that otherwise wouldn’t eat.”

John Carlson filling bags in assembly line (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

John Carlson became the Caps food drive spokesman because, “People aren’t as fortunate as others and anytime you can do something so simple, like help in something like this, and you see all the support we have and it makes things easy and it helps a lot of people.”

Caps presenting check for $10,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The second task was to sort the donated food into bins.

Slapshot and Caps fans sorting food (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Slapshot helped out too (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The Capitals have home games the day before and after Thanksgiving, which means most Caps will not be with their families this week. Carlson is planning “to go over to one of my teammates.”

If you’re wondering about Carlson’s favorite Thanksgiving dish, “I really like cranberry sauce,” he said. Despite Carlson’s Italian family roots, he doesn’t do any of the cooking. “That [family tradition] ended here.”

John Carlson and Chilli Amar (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Carlson is thankful this Thanksgiving. “Thankful for such a great opportunity and never thought that I could ever be where I am today. I’m very happy to be where I am today.”

John Carlson sweeping up (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Final quotes from Alan May, “It was an amazing experience. The Caps are the number one team in DC, without a doubt, because of what they do in the community. I’m proud to be a former Cap. I’m proud to be working closely with them now. There’s not a team in the National Hockey League that does more in the community than the Washington Capitals.”

On a wall at the Capital Area Food Bank (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capital Area Food Bank (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Caps volunteers at Capital Area Food Bank (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Reminder:
Food Drive on Wednesday, Nov. 23. First 2,000 to donate receive a John Carlson poster.

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