September 16, 2019

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alums Langway and Mulvey Host Hockey School

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

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

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

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals ambassador and alum Rod Langway, fellow alum Paul Mulvey and Capitals mascot Slapshot visited Haycock Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., on Wednesday, April 11, to host Capitals Hockey School.

The former Caps players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 150 sixth-grade students. Langway and Mulvey instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as stick-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. Two students even volunteered to be dressed as goalies, learning how to put on the equipment and how to handle the goalie stick.

The students then played alongside the pair of players in a friendly scrimmage. Langway played with the boys and defeated Mulvey and the girls’ team 2-1. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.

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

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

All students who participated in the session received autographs from Langway and Mulvey, Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets. The school also received an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.

This was the 15th Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.

This is the fifth-consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps have hosted more than 50 clinics and reached more than 7,500 students in the past four years. Hockey School is a free program, designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey while teaching proper hockey technique. Each school will receive an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.

CAPS: Players Visit Children’s National Medical Center

“They’re going through tough times right now and to be able to come here and put some time in and put smiles on their faces, it means a lot. We’re really supporting these kids,” said Matt Hendricks after visiting with patients at Children’s National Medical Center.

Capitals Jeff Halpern, Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks and Mike Knuble with kids at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

An hour before the NHL trade deadline, four of the Washington Capitals players – Karl Alzner, Jeff Halpern, Matt Hendricks and Mike Knuble, along with Caps Mascot Slapshot – visited Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Feb. 27, to play video games, color hockey pictures and visit with patients in the hospital’s atrium.

Capitals Karl Alzner giving patient a Weagle tattoo at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Karl Alzner and young patient showing off matching Weagle tattoos at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Mascot Slapshot coloring with kids at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Matt Hendricks has been an active member of the DC community since joining the Capitals, however, now as a new father of three month old twins, these events have even more of an impact on him. “I’ve always felt close to kids, but I think now having two of my own, the bond is a little bit closer, probably more with the parents now,” said Hendricks. “I don’t know exactly what they are going through, but it puts me in that perspective a little bit more.”

Capitals Matt Hendricks posing with patient at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Slapshot and Mike Knuble playing Wii with kids at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Jeff Halpern playing Wii with kids at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The Capitals players along with their wives and girlfriends have made a tradition of visiting Children’s National Medical Center each season. This was the 12th consecutive season the Capitals have visited the hospital. This was the first of two visits the Capitals will make to Children’s National Medical Center this season, as with the Caps Better Halves plan to spend time with patients at the hospital in the spring.

Capitals Mike Knuble with patient and big Caps fan at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Jeff Halpern signing autograph for patient at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals Matt Hendricks checking out young patient's new Caps dog tags at Children's Hospital Feb. 27 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

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.

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: Dreams for Kids with Chimera, Erskine and Beagle

“No matter what, skating always seems to bring a smile to their face. It’s priceless. You can’t beat this. It’s an easy one to come and support. It’s fun for us too.” – Jason Chimera after spending time with participants of Dreams for Kids

Dreams for Kids participants, volunteers and Washington Capitals Erskine, Chimera and Beagle at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The Washington Capitals teamed up for the second-straight year with Dreams for Kids (DFK) to host Extreme Recess Hockey on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Washington Capitals forwards Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera, defenseman John Erskine and mascot Slapshot skated with children with physical and developmental disabilities following the Capitals practice. Many participants were skating for the first time and the Caps players helped put big smiles on the participants’ faces.

Glenda Fu, Executive Director of Dreams for Kids, explained DFK as, “A non-profit that has life-changing programs to help empower these children with disabilities, to teach them how to give back to the community and fearlessly pursue their dreams.”

Volunteers skate with a Dreams for Kids participant around the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Fu stated that Dreams for Kids has done extreme recess clinics with the Washington Nationals, Washington Mystics, DC United and other local organizations, however, the Caps clinic is one of their biggest events with close to 70 kids. Clinics are absolutely free and open to children, under the age of 25, with disabilities ranging from physical to developmental. No previous ice skating or hockey experience required. If you are a parent or guardian of a child with a disability in the DC Metro Area, sign up for the DFK listserve today, and find out the latest news and events for your child.

“A lot of the kids are out here for the first time and don’t really get to do this kind of thing, so I’m glad I get to be a part of it,” Erskine said.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine poses with a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Many of the kids I spoke to were huge Caps fans and they really knew their stuff. Joe, age 6 from Annandale, VA was a returning participant to this event. Joe’s favorite player last year was Jason Arnott and proudly wore a #44 jersey to the clinic. Joe’s current favorite player is Troy Brouwer and offered up the statistics on his hat trick. He has high-functioning Asperger’s and stats are his thing. Joe’s mom Beth explained that Joe knows the entire Caps and Bears rosters and can recite any stat from the season. These kids are fantastic.

Dreams for Kids participants enjoying hockey at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex at the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Chimera, Erskine, Beagle and Slapshot made their way around the ice to pose for photographs, talk a little hockey, provide skating and shooting tips and encourage them to strive for their goals. One of the best parts is having some of their sports idols here to cheer them on,” said Fu.

A participant enjoys sledding on ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

It was the Caps second year to host the event, however, a first for this year’s players. Unfortunately, no one from last year’s group is currently playing for the Capitals. David Steckel is now with Toronto, Matt Bradley is with Florida, Tom Poti is on long term injured reserve and Assistant Coach Bob Woods joined Broudreau in Anaheim.

Jay Beagle was not familiar with DFK before the event and was inspired. He said, “It means a lot to me to come out and have these kids out here and supporting us and I hope that I can give back and put some smiles on some faces.”

Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle poses with a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

“Anytime you get kids that have a little harder time in life with disabilities and mental illness, it’s nice to see them out and having fun.” Chimera continued, “Every person out here has a smile on their face,” said Chimera. “The kids really are enjoying themselves and it makes it a lot of fun.”

Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera poses with a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

I will have to agree with Jay Beagle. “This event is so much fun,” said Beagle. “It’s great to be out here skating with kids who are having a blast.”

Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle poses with a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The Capitals provided T-shirts for all of the participants and volunteers. Beagle, Chimera and Erskine also signed autographs for all of the participants during and after the event.

All participants at the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 received autographed photos of Erskine, Beagle and Chimera. (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

I was very impressed by the Dreams for Kids organization which enables children with disabilities to enjoy sports and realize their full potential to succeed in all walks of life.

Additional Photos:

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine poses with a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera chats with a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

A Dreams for Kids participant sits on the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Dreams for Kids participant Josh at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Volunteers lift a participant into a sled at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

A volunteer guides a Dreams for Kids participant around the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine poses with Joe, a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Washington Capitals John Erskine and Jason Chimera pose with a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Slapshot guides a Dreams for Kids participant around the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Washington Capitals, volunteers and participants at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

A Dreams for Kids participant shoots and scores at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Dreams for Kids participant Josh and mom Julie at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

 

Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle poses with a participant at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Dreams for Kids clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Group Photo 1 of 2: Dreams for Kids participants, volunteers and Washington Capitals Erskine, Chimera and Beagle at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Group Photo 2 of 2: Dreams for Kids participants, volunteers and Washington Capitals Erskine, Chimera and Beagle at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the clinic on Feb. 2 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

About Dreams for Kids
Dreams for Kids is an international youth organization and 501(c) (3) children’s charity, with a mission to empower young people of all abilities through dynamic leadership programs and life-changing activities. By helping others find their dreams, they can realize their own. For more information about Dreams for Kids DC, visit www.dreamsforkids.org/dc.

DFK has been in the Washington, D.C., area for the past three years and continues to reach out to at-risk youth in the Washington, D.C., area. They believe and promote the uniqueness of all children and help empower them to reach their dreams, while also giving back to the community. By giving these isolated groups of children the opportunity to be leaders in sports and rigorous activities, they can see their greatness and potential in overcoming life challenges.

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.

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