June 3, 2020

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: Carlson, Crabb, Hendricks and Hillen Skate for Courage Caps

Washington Capitals forward Joey Crabb poses with children assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps, presented by SKYDEX technologies. 100% of proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps and T-Shirts will benefit TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals forward Joey Crabb poses with children assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps, presented by SKYDEX technologies. 100% of proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps and T-Shirts will benefit TAPS. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson skates with children and adults assisted by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. For the second-consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps, team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning March 10, when the Capitals host the New York Rangers. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson skates with children and adults assisted by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. For the second-consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps, team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning March 10, when the Capitals host the New York Rangers. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

 

Capitals Host Courage Caps Skating Party
at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for TAPS

Event kicks off 2012-13 Courage Caps presented by SKYDEX Technologies, on sale March 10

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Joey Crabb, Matt Hendricks and Jack Hillen hosted more than 150 children and adults assisted by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for a skating party and lunch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on March 3.

The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps campaign, presented for the second season by SKYDEX Technologies. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning March 10, when the Capitals host the New York Rangers.

For the second-consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. TAPS will receive 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps.

Skating party attendees participated in an hour long skating session with Carlson, Crabb, Hendricks and Hillen.

“We’re proud to be supporting TAPS through Courage Caps,” said Crabb. “A lot of the families have been through some rough things, and it was great to see the kids having fun out here.”

Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.

Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the community relations table located behind section 103/104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.

For $60 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green or Alex Ovechkin; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.

A select number of autographed hats will be on sale at the community relations table at section 103/104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. When the Capitals host the New York Rangers on March 10, fans may purchase hats signed by Backstrom, Green or Ovechkin for $60 each and by Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, Carlson, Hendricks, Braden Holtby, Mike Ribeiro or Joel Ward for $40 each.

Since the initiative launched in 2007, the Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, raising a total of nearly $322,000 through the sale of nearly 8,000 Courage Caps in five years and more than 3,000 Courage T-shirts in three years. Nearly 2,500 Courage Caps and 2,000 Courage T-shirts were sold last season, raising more than $105,000 for TAPS.

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

SKYDEX, a privately held technology company headquartered near Denver, is the industry leader in developing innovative protective materials that mitigate shock, vibration and/or energy forces for the most demanding military, commercial and industrial applications. Its technologically advanced innovations include blast-mitigating flooring for combat vehicles, padding for military helmets, vibration-attenuating seating for both ground vehicles and helicopters and shock absorbing decking for high speed boats. SKYDEX is a leading supplier to armed forces around the world. To learn more about SKYDEX Technologies, visit www.skydex.com.

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks skates with an adult assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps, presented by SKYDEX technologies. Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks skates with an adult assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event kicked off the 2012-13 Courage Caps, presented by SKYDEX technologies. Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

CAPS: Washington Capitals to Host Courage Caps Skating Party for TAPS

Will the Capitals finally get to use all these game pucks in 2013? (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

(Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals to Host Courage Caps Skating Party
at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for TAPS

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Joey Crabb, Matt Hendricks and Jack Hillen will host more than 150 children and adults assisted by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for a skating party and lunch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Sunday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The event kicks off the 2012-13 Courage Caps campaign, presented for the second season by SKYDEX Technologies. Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that will go on sale beginning March 10, when the Capitals host the New York Rangers.

For the second consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. TAPS will receive 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps.

Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.

Courage Caps and Courage T-shirts will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the community relations table located behind section 103/104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.

For $60 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green or Alex Ovechkin; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual Capitals player. Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.

A select number of autographed hats will be on sale at the community relations table at section 103/104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. When the Capitals host the New York Rangers on March 10, fans may purchase hats signed by Backstrom, Green or Ovechkin for $60 each and by Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, Carlson, Hendricks, Braden Holtby, Mike Ribeiro or Joel Ward for $40 each.

Since the initiative launched in 2007, the Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, raising a total of nearly $322,000 through the sale of nearly 8,000 Courage Caps in five years and more than 3,000 Courage T-shirts in three years. Nearly 2,500 Courage Caps and 2,000 Courage T-shirts were sold last season, raising more than $105,000 for TAPS.

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

SKYDEX, a privately held technology company headquartered near Denver, is the industry leader in developing innovative protective materials that mitigate shock, vibration and/or energy forces for the most demanding military, commercial and industrial applications. Its technologically advanced innovations include blast-mitigating flooring for combat vehicles, padding for military helmets, vibration-attenuating seating for both ground vehicles and helicopters and shock absorbing decking for high speed boats. SKYDEX is a leading supplier to armed forces around the world. To learn more about SKYDEX Technologies, visit www.skydex.com or view the SKYDEX online press kit here.

WHO: Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Joey Crabb, Jack Hillen and Matt Hendricks

WHAT: Skating party with surviving military families assisted by TAPS to launch Courage Caps

WHEN: Sunday, March 3, 2013
11 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Kettler Capitals Iceplex
627 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, Va. 22203

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 Players and Better Halves Visit Children’s National Medical Center

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom (19) and defenseman Jeff Schultz (55) work on arts and crafts with patients at Children’s National Medical Center during a Feb. 15 visit. Capitals players have made a tradition of visiting Children’s National Medical Center each season since 1984. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom (19) and defenseman Jeff Schultz (55) work on arts and crafts with patients at Children’s National Medical Center during a Feb. 15 visit. Capitals players have made a tradition of visiting Children’s National Medical Center each season since 1984. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti works on an arts and crafts project with a child at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. during a Feb. 15 visit. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti works on an arts and crafts project with a child at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. during a Feb. 15 visit. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Following an afternoon of arts and crafts, Washington Capitals players and their better halves take a group photograph with patients at Children’s National Medical Center. Back row (l-r): Jessica and Tom Poti, Michal Neuvirth and Monika Hybnerova, Ashley and Jay Beagle, Tomas Kundratek and Alannah Dzerdz, Nicklas Backstrom and Liza Berg, Mackenzie Schultz. Front row (l-r): Donna Oates, Jeff Schultz. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Following an afternoon of arts and crafts, Washington Capitals players and their better halves take a group photograph with patients at Children’s National Medical Center. Back row (l-r): Jessica and Tom Poti, Michal Neuvirth and Monika Hybnerova, Ashley and Jay Beagle, Tomas Kundratek and Alannah Dzerdz, Nicklas Backstrom and Liza Berg, Mackenzie Schultz. Front row (l-r): Donna Oates, Jeff Schultz. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

 

ARLINGTON, Va. – During the past two years, 10-year-old Ellie Schleyer has been visiting Children’s National Medical Center for an undiagnosed brain disorder.

In between bloodwork and tests on Feb. 15, she discovered several Washington Capitals players and their better halves at the hospital for an afternoon of arts and crafts.

In the hospital’s atrium Ellie joined several other children along with Nicklas Backstrom and Liza Berg, Jay and Ashley Beagle, Tomas Kundratek and Alannah Dzerdz, Michal Neuvirth and Monika Hybnerova, Donna Oates, wife of head coach Adam Oates, Tom and Jessica Poti and Jeff and Mackenzie Schultz.

“To see the kids get so excited when the guys come is just priceless,” said Mackenzie Schultz. “A lot of kids are here fighting through things that we can’t even imagine at such a young age. Just to put a smile on their face and make one day a little better is so important.”

Ellie’s father, David Schleyer, said the visit had a positive effect on Ellie, who made each player she worked with a piece of art.

“For her, it’s an opportunity to express something other than sadness,” he said. “To see the players giving her time and admiring her artwork says a lot about their character.”

The Capitals have made a tradition of visiting Children’s National Medical Center each season since 1984.

“It’s definitely hard for the children to be in the hospital, so we’re happy to be with them and play games and make them happy,” said Kundratek. “It’s pretty awesome to be here and spend some time with them.”

Located in Washington, D.C., Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk and Atlanta. Serving the nation’s children for more than 140 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

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: Washington Capitals and Local Rinks to Participate

Hockey Weekend USA 2013

Washington Capitals and Local Rinks to Participate
in Hockey Weekend Across America

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals along with several Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia-area rinks will participate in USA Hockey’s sixth annual Hockey Weekend Across America from Feb. 15-17.

Launched by USA Hockey in 2008, Hockey Weekend Across America is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels and to expose hockey to new audiences. Each day of the weekend has a theme.

Friday, Feb. 15 is Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day, sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com. Caps fans are encouraged to wear their Capitals jersey and tweet photos to @WashCaps and @CapsYouthHockey.

Saturday, Feb. 16 is Try Hockey for Free Day. Nearly 200 rinks across the country will invite boys and girls ages four to nine years old to “Try Hockey for Free” with clinics aimed to help kids experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.

Local rink partners participating in Try Hockey for Free Day include:
Ice World – Abingdon, Md. – noon
Talbot County Community Center – Easton, Md. – 5 p.m.
Skate Frederick – Frederick, Md. – 11:30 a.m.
Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex – Hagerstown, Md. – 8:30 a.m.
Piney Orchard – Odenton, Md. – 11:30 a.m.
Chilled Ponds Ice & Turf Sports Complex – Chesapeake, Va. – 11:30 a.m.
Haymarket Iceplex – Haymarket, Va. – 11:30 a.m.
Lahaye Ice Center – Lynchburg, Va. – 9 a.m.
Prince William Ice Center – Woodbridge, Va. – 3:30 p.m.

To register for one of the Try Hockey for Free opportunities, visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com.

Sunday, Feb. 17 is Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes, which encourages hockey programs nationwide to honor their local hockey heroes. To commemorate the day, Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward will visit Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Feb. 18 where he will participate in a practice led by Fort Dupont hockey director Neal Henderson. Henderson founded the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club in 1978.

In addition, NBC’s Hockey Day in America includes coverage of the Washington Capitals at New York Rangers game at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. Along with its game coverage, NBC will also produce content in and around the games showcasing hockey at all levels in the United States.

For more information on Hockey Weekend Across America, visit www.hockeyweekendacrossamerica.com.

CAPS: Chimera, Holtby and Kundratek with Dreams for Kids

Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera poses with participants during a Dreams for Kids Extreme Recess clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 8. Attended by 100 children, 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 forward Jason Chimera poses with participants during a Dreams for Kids Extreme Recess clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 8. Attended by 100 children, 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 defenseman Tomas Kundratek instructs a child on skating during a Dreams for Kids Extreme Recess clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 8. The session marked the third-consecutive year the Capitals have teamed up with Dreams For Kids for Extreme Recess. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Tomas Kundratek instructs a child on skating during a Dreams for Kids Extreme Recess clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 8. The session marked the third-consecutive year the Capitals have teamed up with Dreams For Kids for Extreme Recess. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby pushes the sled of a child trying out sled hockey during a Dreams for Kids Extreme Recess clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 8. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby pushes the sled of a child trying out sled hockey during a Dreams for Kids Extreme Recess clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 8. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals Host Dreams for Kids for Extreme Recess Hockey

ARLINGTON, Va. – For the third-consecutive year the Washington Capitals teamed up with children’s charity Dreams for Kids (DFK) to host an Extreme Recess Hockey clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Friday, Feb. 8.

Capitals forward Jason Chimera, goaltender Braden Holtby, defenseman Tomas Kundratek and mascot Slapshot skated and played hockey with 100 children with physical and developmental disabilities. Prior to the free session, participants watched the Capitals practice.
The free clinic gave many of the children the opportunity to skate and play hockey for the first time. Chimera, Holtby and Kundratek spent the clinic offering children instruction on how to skate. They also helped push the sleds of children trying out sled hockey.

“Being able to skate with the children and teach them about hockey today was amazing,” said Kundratek. “I hope they enjoyed the experience and will continue to play the spot.”

Dreams for Kids is an international youth organization and 501(c) (3) children’s charity whose mission is to empower young people of all abilities through dynamic leadership programs and life-changing activities.

Their Extreme Recess clinics pair each child with a volunteer so every child is engaged effectively.

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 of hockey as a catalyst to teach essential life skills and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork.

CAPS: Washington Capitals to Celebrate Hockey is for Everyone Month

Jason Chimera teaching Caps Club Kids how to shoot the puck at Kettler (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jason Chimera teaching Caps Club Kids how to shoot the puck at Kettler (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals to Celebrate Hockey is for Everyone Month

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate the National Hockey League’s Hockey is for Everyone™ Month with several events and initiatives throughout February.

For the 15th year, the NHL has designated February Hockey is for Everyone™ Month to celebrate grassroots hockey and the game’s growing diversity. The program offers children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey and leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to teach essential life skills and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork. In addition, the initiative supports hockey programs that assist disabled military personnel in returning to their active, mainstream lifestyles.

The Capitals support of Hockey is for Everyone™ includes:

Feb. 8 For the third-consecutive year the Capitals will team up with children’s charity Dreams for Kids to host an Extreme Recess Hockey Clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, forward Jason Chimera and goaltender Braden Holtby will skate and play hockey with more than 100 children with physical and developmental disabilities.

Feb. 11 As part of the Capitals Hockey School program, the Capitals will host a Hockey School assembly at the team’s adopted school, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in northeast Washington, D.C. 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.

Feb. 14-18 The Capitals and Washington Pride will host the annual Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) Challenge Cup at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals Junior Women’s Hockey League All-Star Girls Clinic will be hosted at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from 6:20-7:20 p.m. on Feb. 14, with an All-Star game at 7:30 p.m. The free clinic is offered to local girls as part of the JWHL Challenge Cup All-Star game. Players are required to preregister online at www.Kettlercapitalsiceplex.com.

Feb. 18 Capitals forward Joel Ward will visit Fort Dupont Ice Arena where he will skate with and provide instruction to children involved with Neal Henderson’s hockey program. The Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club is a development program that provides local and inner-city youth in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to participate in an organized ice hockey program.

Feb. 20 During the second of two Hockey Schools in February, the Capitals will instruct children at the Latin American Youth Center’s Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in northwest Washington, D.C. Students from Meridian Public Charter School will attend the visit featuring Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro.

Feb. 23 Kids Club members will be admitted to the game against the New Jersey Devils one hour prior to opening for activities on the 400 level during Kids Club Day at Verizon Center. A game ticket is required for admission at the F Street entrance.

Feb. 26 The month will culminate in the Capitals Hockey is For Everyone Night when the Capitals play the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center. Various local youth hockey programs will join in the festivities throughout the game, including the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, the Wheaton Ice Arena Learn-to-Play program, Special Hockey Washington and the Richmond Royals Hockey Club.

Hockey is for Everyone
Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) is the official youth development program of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a component of The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice™, the NHL’s social responsibility program that builds on the League’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. HIFE provides support and unique programing to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. For more information, visit hockeyisforeveryone.NHL.com.

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).

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