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Capitals participate in D.C. public school beautification day

Bruce Boudreau and Brian Pothier visited Emery and King Elementary

Saturday, 08.22.2009 / 4:48 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News
Coach Bruce Boudreau and defenseman Brian Pothier along with members of the Washington Capitals front office participated in the annual D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Beautification Day on Saturday, Aug. 22. DCPS Beautification Day is part of the nationwide United We Serve program, which is a joint initiative between the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service and runs from June 22 - Sept. 11.
 
"This is important for the kids to see that people care about them and their schools," said Boudreau. We hope the kids come to school on Monday and see all of the changes and hopefully they will get excited about school."
 
Fans were encouraged to volunteer with the Capitals and participate in the event. The Capitals hosted projects at Emery Education Campus in Northeast Washington, where 82 people volunteered, and King Elementary School in Southeast Washington, where 42 people volunteered. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee stopped by King Elementary School to see how the sprucing up was going.
 
The Caps and volunteers helped spruce up the schools for the upcoming school year and planted flowers, mulched, painted, cleaned out old books and assembled goody bags for students. Volunteers received a free Caps T-shirt for helping out.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score in double overtime in Game 4.