Washington Capitals center Boyd Gordon visited Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean, Va., on Wednesday, March 28. Gordon talked to Russ Brown’s sixth-grade class about teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship. He answered questions for 45 minutes on topics ranging from why he holds his stick the way he does on face-offs (he thinks it gives him more strength and prevents his opponents from lifting up his stick) to what the best moment in his life has been (winning the Calder Cup with the Hershey Bears was one of several moments he selected). After the question-and-answer session Gordon signed autographs for the students and took a photo with the class.
Before leaving, Brown and his students presented Gordon with a gift of their own. To thank the Caps player, the class donated $250 in Gordon’s name to Cure Autism Now. The Capitals have a special tie to that organization as Athletes Against Autism, which goaltender Olie Kolzig co-founded, is an initiative of the charity.