July 14, 2020

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)

 

 

Redskins share Christmas memories, help kids find coats for the holidays

If you closed your eyes, it almost sounded like a playground.

The hum of kids’ voices dominated a cozy corner at the Macy’s in D.C.’s Metro Center Tuesday morning, where the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the store were hosting a “Covered for the Holidays” event for underserved kids in the DMV. Students who attended received winter coats, goodie bags and toy balloons, with Redskins players Doug Worthington and Joshua Morgan on hand to help out.

Morgan knows where these kids are coming from.

“I experienced it, ’cause I was in these children’s places. I was some of these kids just searching and hoping [that there would be] somebody to help me out,” Morgan said. “You never know how many lives you can change just by showing up to something like this.”

During a brief interlude as the event transitioned from one student group to the next, Worthington, and later Morgan, shared their favorite Christmas memories with District Sports Page.

Morgan estimates his favorite Christmas memory came somewhere around 11 years old, when he was finally allowed to go outside and play football on Christmas–but there was one hiccup: that year, so much snow had fallen that it came up to his waist.

“We were so excited our parents finally let us go outside and play football on Christmas–[we] couldn’t even make it to the football field,” he remembers. “Couldn’t make it off the porch, honestly. Walked right into all the snow.”

Worthington remembers, when he was six or seven, that his father had nothing under the tree–“It was just kind of heartbreaking, I didn’t know if I did bad in school”–but then, when Worthington woke up, it ended up being the “biggest Christmas ever.”

Worthington said he started waking up earlier to see if he could ever catch his father in the act, which he thinks he did once, but never on the scale of that one Christmas.

“He just always used to make Christmas pretty special,” Worthington says.

The Redskins’ charitable foundation and Macy’s had up to 300 coats, scarves and hats ready to donate Tuesday. It was one of three events the team will hold in their “Season of Sharing,” which centers on giving back to the community during the holiday season.

Worthington joked about steering the kids away from the dark blue or gray colored coats, but in the end put color as secondary importance.

“As long as it fits and they’re warm, that’s all that  matters,” he said.

Doug Worthington and a young DMV student chat at Tuesday’s event. (Photo by Elisabeth Meinecke/District Sports Page)

There’s more than one way to wear a new winter coat! (Photo by Elisabeth Meinecke/District Sports Page)

(Photo by Elisabeth Meinecke/District Sports Page)

Is Joshua Morgan the biggest kid of them all!? (Photo by Elisabeth Meinecke/District Sports Page)

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.

CAPS/WIZARDS: Holiday Shopping for Family-to-Family Program

Red Rockers – members of the Washington Capitals spirit squad – assist with loading a 35–foot JK Moving Services truck during the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program shopping trip on Nov. 14. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports Entertainment)

Monika Hybnerova (right) shops for a family adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program during the program’s shopping trip on Nov. 14. (Photo Courtesy of Monumental Sports Entertainment)

 

Wizards and Capitals Team Up with JK Moving Services to Shop for 18 families for the Holidays

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals partnered with JK Moving Services to go holiday shopping for 18 families adopted through the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program at the Skyline Target on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Family-to-Family is an initiative that provides holiday cheer to underserved, deserving families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Wives and girlfriends of Wizards and Capitals players and coaches shopped for 82 adults and children. Participants included Bree Anderson, fiancée of Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, Patrice Cleary, wife of Wizards strength and conditioning coach Drew Cleary, April Dixon, girlfriend of Wizards forward Trevor Booker, Lauren Hilario, wife of Wizards center Nene, Eva Kodouskova, fiancée of Wizards forward Jan Vesely, Ilana Nunn Okafor, wife of Wizards center Emeka Okafor, Joni Sichting, wife of Wizards assistant coach Jerry Sichting, Courtney Webster, wife of forward Martell Webster and Kathy Wittman, wife of Wizards head coach Randy Wittman along with Monika Hybnerova, girlfriend of Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth and Karin Johansson, wife of Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson.

“We each got a family and their wish list and were able to get them everything on their list,” said Karin Johansson. “There are a lot of families out there in need, and it was a lot of fun to help out.”

Children will receive clothing, educational items and toys, while the parents and guardians will receive clothing and household items along with gift cards.

“Especially during the holidays, if you think of all the kids and the families that are less fortunate than a lot of us, it’s nice to be able to give something back to them,” said Courtney Webster.

By the end of the day, one 35-foot JK Moving Services straight truck was filled with gifts. JK Moving Services is the official mover of both the Wizards and the Capitals and participated in the Family-to-Family program for the second-consecutive year by donating a truck and crew to load, transport and deliver the collected items.

“JK Moving Services is committed to supporting the needs of our community through outreach efforts like the Family-to-Family program,” said Charles Kuhn, CEO and President, JK Moving Services. “It is an honor to partner with the Wizards and Capitals to make the holidays a little brighter for these families.”

The trip marked the second year the Wizards and Capitals have joined forces to participate in the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Family-to-Family program.

NATS: Lombardozzi Family Teams Up with Nationals to Support Storm Relief Efforts

Steve Lombardozzi wants YOU to help out with storm relief (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Lombardozzi Family Teams Up with the Nationals and JK Moving Services to Support Storm Relief Efforts

Fans may donate items throughout the week at Nationals Clubhouse Team Stores and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

WHAT: Washington Nationals infielder Steve Lombardozzi Jr. and his father, 1987 World Series champion Steve Lombardozzi Sr., have teamed up with the Nationals and JK Moving Services, the team’s Official Mover, to support relief and recovery efforts in the areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Beginning today, fans are encouraged to bring donations to the Nationals Clubhouse Main Team Store at Nationals Park from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Friday (November 13-16). Nationals Clubhouse Team Stores at Tysons Corner and Dulles Town Center will also be accepting donations from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today through Saturday (November 13-17) and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday (November 18). * All those who donate items will receive 15% off their purchase on full price merchandise at any of the Team Store locations.

Additionally, donations are being collected at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in the front office and in the Kane Center Gym Lobby Tuesday through Sunday (November 13-18). The Lombardozzis and JK Moving Services will deliver the collected items in a donated 35-foot long JK truck to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, N.J. on Tuesday, November 20.

Items most needed at this time include:
· Canned foods including soups, stews, chili, tuna, peanut butter and canned milk (pop-top preferred, but please avoid glass containers)
· Bottled water – one liter or smaller bottles for easier transport
· Powdered milk, baby formula and bottles
· Personal care items including disposable diapers, soap, wipes, toilet paper, first aid kits and feminine products
· Household items including garbage bags, zip lock bags, paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, duct tape, matches, batteries, flashlights, disinfectant and cleaning materials
· Disposable charcoal grills and charcoal
· New blankets and sleeping bags

In addition to these efforts, MLB and MLBPA jointly contributed $1 million to organizations helping communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Additional information is available at www.mlb.com/sandyrelief.

WHEN & WHERE:

Nationals Clubhouse Main Team Store
Nationals Park Center Field Gate at Half & N Street, SE, Washington, DC
Tuesday, Nov. 13 to Friday, Nov. 16: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nationals Clubhouse Team Stores – Tysons Corner & Dulles Town Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite E-5U, Tysons Corner, VA & 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Suite 156 Dulles, VA
Tuesday, Nov. 13 to Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney, MD
Tuesday, Nov. 13 to Friday, Nov. 16: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Front Office; 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Kane Center Gym Lobby
Saturday, Nov. 17 & Sunday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Gym Lobby

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: 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 Build Playground in One Day (Photos)

“The playground that I played on as a kid my parents built. They helped kind of like this, the community got together and built our little playground.” – Caps Defenseman Mike Green

Caps Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich Elliot Segal and Monumental Sports and Entertainment Regional Sales Manager Paul Pitcher – Washington Capitals and So Kids Can partnered with KaBOOM! and ARHA to replace the playground at S.T.A.R.S. Playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Old Town Alexandria, September 13, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

So Kids Can founders Mike Green and Elliot Segal from the Elliot in the Morning show and So Kids Can supporters Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich joined more than 200 volunteers from the Washington Capitals and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community on Thursday, September 13 to build a new playground at the S.T.A.R.S. Playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Old Town Alexandria. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in August. [Read more…]

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