More than 250 area youth hockey players and a parent got a first-hand look at the paths to college hockey at the Washington Capitals’ second annual College Hockey Fair on Saturday, April 5.
The event kicked off with a presentation by USA Hockey Coach-in-Chief Al Bloomer, who explained the various levels of college hockey as well as what coaches look for and how to get recruited.
Former Capital Craig Laughlin – who attended Clarkson and whose son, Kyle, is a captain at Providence – then led a 12-person panel discussion on what it takes to succeed in college hockey. College coaches and administrators from all levels of the NCAA, plus former Harvard star and Olympic medalist Jamie Hagerman, provided terrific information for a rapt audience.
“The coaches gave my son some really good things to think about and good advice to help him work towards his goal,” said Judy Novak, whose son is a sophomore in high school.
A breakout session followed the panel discussion, allowing players and parents to speak face-to-face with coaches and ask specific questions about their schools and programs. The breakout session consisted of 20 colleges, prep schools and junior programs from around the country.
Following the conclusion of the college fair most of the participants, who bought tickets when they registered for the college fair, stayed and watched the Capitals defeat the Panthers to clinch the Southeast Division championship.