December 17, 2014

CAPS: Hockey ‘N Heels, November 2014

Attention ladies. Hockey ‘n Heels is back by popular demand! The Washington Capitals are once again hosting Hockey ‘n Heels of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m., exclusively to Club Scarlet members. Not already a member? Join here for free.

Check out photos from Hockey ‘N Heels 2013.

Defensemen Steve Oleksy and forward Tom Wilson instructed participants on shooting - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Defensemen Steve Oleksy and forward Tom Wilson instructed participants on shooting – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Press Release:

Washington Capitals to Host Hockey ‘n Heels Wednesday, Nov. 12
Tickets to go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at ScarletCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host Hockey ‘n Heels on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 6:15-9:30 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Tickets for the event will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m.

Hockey ‘n Heels is held each season exclusively for members of Club Scarlet presented by Lindsey Automotive Group and features instructional sessions and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals’ female audience.

Fans interested in attending Hockey ‘n Heels must sign up to become a member of Club Scarlet at ScarletCaps.com. A ticket link will be sent to all Scarlet members. Tickets for this year’s event are $65, with a limit of four tickets per person. Tickets are not guaranteed for all Scarlet members. Club Scarlet membership is free.

The night will be divided into sessions of on-ice demonstrations featuring Capitals players and off-ice presentations featuring coaches and equipment staff. Players scheduled to appear include forward Michael Latta, defenseman Nate Schmidt and goaltender Justin Peters. Hockey ‘n Heels will feature on-ice demonstrations with Latta, Peters and Schmidt. Fans also will be able to try on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic uniform and take their photograph with a player.

Head coach Barry Trotz will participate in a Q & A, while assistant coach Lane Lambert will lead a discussion on the rules of the game. Head equipment manager Brock Myles will give an overview of equipment, while strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish will host a session on fitness.

Founded in 2009, Club Scarlet is a fan club for women designed to provide more information, events and networking opportunities for the team’s population of female fans. For more information visit Scarletcaps.com.

CAPS: Hockey ‘N Heels 2013 (Photos)

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Hockey ‘N Heels, November 2013

The Washington Capitals hosted the sold-out Hockey ‘n Heels on Nov. 13, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Defensemen Steve Oleksy and forward Tom Wilson instructed participants on shooting - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Defensemen Steve Oleksy and forward Tom Wilson instructed participants on shooting – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The event was held exclusively for Club Scarlet members in partnership with 97.1 Wash FM and featured instructional sessions and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals female audience.

Attendees including Miss Washington DC (middle) - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Attendees including Miss Washington DC (middle) – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The first half of the night was divided into three sessions of on-ice demonstrations from current and former Capitals players and coaches. Defenseman Steve Oleksy, forward Tom Wilson and former Capital/current Comcast analyst Alan May instructed participants on shooting skills. Assistant coach Blaine Forsythe instructed women on face-offs while defenseman Alexander Urbom and former Capital Paul Mulvey covered stick handling and passing skills. Attendees also had the opportunity to take a photo with defenseman Karl Alzner during the event.

Defensemen Steve Oleksy  high-fives attendee after she made a shot into the goal - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Defensemen Steve Oleksy high-fives attendee after she made a shot into the goal – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Defensemen Steve Oleksy and forward Tom Wilson instructed participants on shooting - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Defensemen Steve Oleksy and forward Tom Wilson instructed participants on shooting – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Assistant Coach Blaine Forsythe instructed women on faceoffs - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Assistant Coach Blaine Forsythe instructed women on faceoffs – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Assistant Coach Blaine Forsythe instructed women on faceoffs - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Assistant Coach Blaine Forsythe instructed women on faceoffs – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Capital and current Comcast analyst Alan May instructed women on shooting - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Capital and current Comcast analyst Alan May instructed women on shooting – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Alexander Urbom  instructed participants on skills including stickhandling and passing -  Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Alexander Urbom instructed participants on skills including stickhandling and passing – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Alexander Urbom  instructed participants on skills including stickhandling and passing -  Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Alexander Urbom instructed participants on skills including stickhandling and passing – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Alexander Urbom and Former Cap Paul Mulvey instructed participants on skills including stickhandling and passing - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Alexander Urbom and Former Cap Paul Mulvey instructed participants on skills including stickhandling and passing – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps Defenseman Karl Alzner posed for photographs with participants - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps Defenseman Karl Alzner posed for photographs with participants – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Off-ice presentations included a Q & A with head goaltender coach Olie Kolzig, along with May.

Former Caps Players Olie Kolzig and Alan May answering fan questions - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Caps Players Olie Kolzig and Alan May answering fan questions – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Caps Goalie Olie Kolzig answering fan questions - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former Caps Goalie Olie Kolzig answering fan questions – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Video coach Brett Leonhardt conducted a video session to provide attendees a peek into how the team prepares for upcoming games by watching game footage.

The head equipment manager Brock Myles discussed equipment worn by the team during an equipment session in the Capitals locker room. Women were able to try on an official helmet and see equipment up close.

Fans checking out equipment in Caps practice locker room - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fans checking out equipment in Caps practice locker room – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fans trying on equipment in Caps practice locker room - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fans trying on equipment in Caps practice locker room – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps Head Equipment Manager Brock Myles instructing fan Miss Washington DC how to press numbers onto knit caps - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps Head Equipment Manager Brock Myles instructing fan Miss Washington DC how to press numbers onto knit caps – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps gear ready to go in practice locker room - Washington Capitals Hockey 'N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps gear ready to go in practice locker room – Washington Capitals Hockey ‘N Heels, 11/13/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

“It was great to see such an interest in hockey from our female fan base,” said Wilson. “We had a lot of skilled participants out tonight, and we enjoyed sharing the game with them.”

Founded in 2009, Club Scarlet is a fan club for women designed to provide more information, events and networking opportunities for the team’s population of female fans.

To learn more about Club Scarlet visit http://www.scarletcaps.com/.


Photo Gallery: Washington Capitals present Hockey ‘n’ Heels 2013

Thanks to DSP fan contributors Katie Lucas and Manda Kowalczyk, please enjoy the following photo gallery of this year’s Hockey ‘n’ Heels event the Washington Capitals hosted at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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Caps assistant coach Calle Johansson (a defenseman) gave faceoff tips. (photo courtesy K. Lucas)

crabb and hunter

Joey Crabb and assistant coach Tim Hunter gave lessons in shooting the puck. (photo courtesy K. Lucas)

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Gratutitous shot of Joey Crabb. (photo courtesy K. Lucas)

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Rookie Tomas Kundratek shows Katie how to pass on the backhand. (photo courtesy K. Lucas)

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Tomas Kundratek, presented without comment. (photo courtesy K. Lucas)

locker

The eloquent Craig Laughlin, telling a surely riviting story. (photo courtesy K. Lucas)

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Wolski showing a guest the finer points of a wrist shot. (photo courtesy K. Lucas)

manda-locker

That Locker sure is the excitable one, eh? (photo courtesy M. Kowalczyk)

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Jay Beagle, getting ready to pose for pictures. (photo courtesy M. Kowalcyzk)

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Okay, here’s another one of Crabb. (photo courtesy M. Kowalczyk)

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The group got a locker room tour. (photo courtesy M. Kowalczyk)

manda-hugs

Manda and friend pose with Kundratek. (photo courtesy M. Kowalczyk)

CAPS: Hockey ‘n Heels is Monday, Feb. 18

Attention ladies. Hockey ‘n Heels is back by popular demand! The Washington Capitals are once again hosting Hockey ‘n Heels of the season on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Feb. 11., exclusively to Club Scarlet members. Not already a member? Join here for free.

Photos from previous Hockey ‘n Heels:
January 2012
November 2011
November 2009

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Official press release:

Washington Capitals to Host Hockey ‘n Heels Monday, Feb. 18
Tickets to go on sale Monday, Feb. 11, at ScarletCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host Hockey ‘n Heels on Monday, Feb. 18, from 6-9 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The event is held exclusively for Club Scarlet members and features instructional lessons and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals female audience.

Hockey ‘n Heels is held each season and provides female fans the opportunity to learn about hockey from players and coaches. Previous Hockey ‘n Heels have sold out within minutes.

Fans interested in attending Hockey ‘n Heels may purchase tickets by visiting the Club Scarlet website at http://scarletcaps.com beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. Tickets for this year’s event are $65. Club Scarlet membership is free.

The evening will be divided into five sessions. The first two sessions will be on-ice demonstrations featuring instruction from current and former Capitals players on passing, shooting and face-offs.

Strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish will lead a third session on hockey and player fitness. A fourth session will be a demonstration on equipment in the Caps locker room, followed by a film session where the women will learn how to break down film to understand and analyze different aspects of the game. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to take a photo with forward Jay Beagle.

Founded in 2009, Club Scarlet is a fan club for women designed to provide more information, events and networking opportunities for the team’s population of female fans.

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: Hockey ‘n Heels is Back

Hockey ‘n Heels is back by popular demand!  The Washington Capitals are hosting a second Hockey ‘n Heels of the season at Verizon Center on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 from 6 to 9:15 p.m. The first one in November was a big success.

Tickets will go on sale to Club Scarlet members only on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $70 and will also include on-ice demonstrations, a locker room tour, Q & A, strength and conditioning and more. Players will be announced closer to the event.

Each Club Scarlet member is able to purchase up to two (2) Hockey ‘n Heels tickets. Tell your friends to sign up today for Club Scarlet and they will be eligible to sign up for Hockey ‘n Heels as well. An email will be sent out prior to the on-sale date with a link to purchase tickets. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets have sold out very quickly to previous Hockey ‘n Heels! Not currently a Scarlet member? Click here to join.

At Hockey ‘n Heels, join other hockey-minded women for on-ice demonstrations and informational sessions where you can learn all about the sport of hockey.

Check out photos from previous Hockey ‘n Heels.

Capitals Host Sold-Out Hockey ‘N Heels 2011

More than 200 female Caps fans gathered at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday night for the Scarlet Caps’ annual Hockey ‘N Heels event. Tickets to Hockey & Heels are always a hot commodity and this year was no exception – tickets sold out in a mere 20 minutes!

Hockey 'N Heels 2011 - Photo Session with Nicklas Backstrom (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The enthusiastic attendees represented a diverse range of ages and interests but all were there to learn more about hockey from an insider perspective and to forge new friendships with fellow female hockey fans. Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar kicked off the festivities by previewing the different activities that would take place during the evening: interactive on-ice demonstrations with current players Troy Brouwer, Karl Alzner and Mathieu Perreault, Capitals alum Paul Mulvey and Assistant Coach Bob Woods, a photo session with Nicklas Backstrom, a strength and conditioning demo with Mark Nemish, Chalk Talk with John Walton and Alan May, and, of course, the always colorful film session with Head Coach Bruce Boudreau.

Hockey 'N Heels 2011 - On-Ice: Shooting with Troy Brouwer (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The ladies broke up into groups and then hit the ice to learn the finer points of passing and slap shots, as well as the art of successfully winning a face off as instructed by Assistant Coach Bob Woods. I personally tried a few slap shots under the tutelage of a very patient Mathieu Perreault and whiffed on the puck more than a few times. All those years of yelling “put your stick down” to her boys during their hockey games came back to haunt me – karma is a b&%*h! The players all had a great time with the women during the on-ice sessions and expressed their appreciation for the large and unique fan base that the ladies represent!

Hockey 'N Heels 2011 - On-Ice: Face-offs with Asst. Coach Bob Woods (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

After sharing their skills (along with plenty of laughs) on the ice, the women headed upstairs for refreshments and to take in the Conditioning Session with Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Nemish, Film Session with Coach Boudreau or Chalk Talk with CSN’s Alan May and the voice of the Capitals, John Walton.

Mark Nemish put the ladies through some of the paces NHL players typically perform to warm up before games and answered lots of questions about maintaining the exceptional conditioning required for pro players to  excel throughout the long and grueling season. Team Mascot Slap Shot was there as well but seemed to fall down quite a bit during the drills – we think Coach Nemish may need to increase his cardio training!

Hockey 'N Heels 2011 - Strength & Conditioning Session (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Next came Coach Boudreau’s popular film session, in which he illustrated how the coaching staff and players view game film from their own games and those of upcoming opponents to develop a solid game strategy. He used the film from the previous nights’ loss to Dallas and pointed out what players did both right and wrong according to the game plan. When pointing out a defensive lapse that led to a Stars goal, Gabby drew plenty of chuckles when he quipped, “See right there – you know I sometimes get a little animated behind the bench.” The jovial coach also exhibited his signature sense of humor when answering questions from the audience on everything to the NHL’s new position on handling concussions to how he decides to shake up the Cap’s lines.

“I loved going over film with Coach [Boudreau] and getting a sense of what he does to prep and what he looks at in film,” one attendee mentioned.

Hockey 'N Heels 2011 - Film Session with Coach Bruce Boudreau (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The final session was a very entertaining Chalk Talk with Alan May and John Walton, who described the intense preparation required for on-air game broadcasts. Researching stats and information on the opposing teams in addition to pre- and post-broadcast work means long days starting at 6:30 a.m. and ending hours after the ice resurfacer makes the final run on the ice. Alan May talked about his transition from former NHLer to the broadcast booth (along with his recent Alumni Game scrap with Kevin “Killer” Kaminski) while Walton provided his personal story which includes covering several Calder-Cup winning seasons with the Hershey Bears.

Hockey 'N Heels 2011 - Chalk Talk with Alan May and John Walton (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The women and players were smiling all night and had a great time. A majority of this group of women were first timers to Hockey ‘N Heels. One girl was convinced to go by two other Caps fans and said it was much more fun that she expected and will definitely go to the next one.

A common reaction was that hockey is harder than it looks and now have a new appreciation for the game and the talent of the players. One woman commented, “I know hockey isn’t easy, but actually going out on the ice and trying to shoot the puck, doing the passing drills, and even giving a half effort in to the conditioning drills, you get a deeper appreciation of how hard they work to get where they are.”

A mother-daughter duo enjoy Caps hockey together and its a great bonding experience for them. Linda and Lauren Crumpecker were featured in the Caps365 video (embedded below).

All in all, Hockey ‘N Heels was another tremendous success and Scarlet Caps plans to hold another one this season due to the ever-increasing number of female Caps and the event’s popularity.

Additional reporting by Cheryl Nichols.

More photos from Hockey ‘N Heels 2011. Click on the image to make larger.

 

Check out the great video from Caps365:


CAPS: Hockey ‘n Heels

**Note: This event is SOLD OUT.

Hockey ‘n Heels is back by popular demand! The Washington Capitals are hosting Hockey ‘n Heels at Kettle Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale to Club Scarlet members only on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $105 and will also include a game ticket to the Monday, Nov. 21 game against the Phoenix Coyotes as well as an exclusive pre-game happy hour in the Dewar’s 12 Clubhouse at Verizon Center. 

Each Club Scarlet member is able to purchase up to two (2) Hockey ‘n Heels tickets. Tell your friends to sign up today for Club Scarlet and they will be eligible to sign up for Hockey ‘n Heels as well. An email will be sent out prior to the on-sale date with a link to purchase tickets. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets have sold out very quickly to previous Hockey ‘n Heels!Members also have the opportunity to win two (2) tickets to Hockey ‘n Heels!  For more details check out the Scarlet October e-Newsletter which hit email inboxes on October 13.  Not currently a Scarlet member? Click here to join.

At Hockey ‘n Heels, join other hockey-minded women for on-ice demonstrations and informational sessions where you can learn all about the sport of hockey.

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