WASHINGTON -- The unveiling of the refurbished Watkins Rush Rink brightened a dreary Friday morning in southeast Washington, D.C.
Twelve Watkins Elementary School students slipped on the deep red sweaters that the Washington Capitals will wear against the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic on Jan. 1 over their raincoats.
With navy blue toques on their heads, the kids, who sat through a 15-minute dedication presentation, grabbed multicolored sticks and played an impromptu street hockey game officiated by Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Rod Langway.
The renovated rink, located at the Watkins Elementary School and Recreation Center, is less than two miles from where the Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park.
The event Friday was part of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic powered by Constellation Legacy Initiative, in which the League works in conjunction with the team hosting an NHL event to support community organizations.