Washington Capitals left wing Quintin Laing attended the Ashburn Xtreme Squirt AA hockey practice at Ashburn Ice House on Thursday, Feb. 21. The team won Laing’s visit through the Coached by a Cap program, a new amateur-hockey initiative created by the Capitals this season.
Upon arrival, players exiting the east rink from a previous practice swarmed Laing for autographs and pictures. A group of Xtreme family members and fans gathered in the stands to watch Laing coach the team.
Once on the ice, Laing was introduced to the ten and 11-year-old players. He worked together with the Xtreme coaches to create a practice aimed at sharpening a variety of skills. During the session Laing instructed players on several shooting, passing and dump and chase drills. Laing also demonstrated shooting techniques and made crisp passes to players during two-on-one and three-on-two drills.
“The kids were so excited to share their ice time with a Washington Capitals’ player,” said Xtreme head coach Steve Schneider. “They did their best to impress Quintin Laing with their future NHL moves – from the Datsyuk to the Getzlaf they showed him their bag of tricks! Quintin’s speech on what it takes to become an NHL player and some Caps drills he shared with the kids were very inspirational and will be remembered for many years to come.”
Following the conclusion of practice, each player received a gift bag and an autographed item from Laing. Autographs were also provided to the players of the team practicing on the opposite end of the ice.