The players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 150 sixth- through eighth-grade students. Holtby and Ward instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as stickhandling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. Two students volunteered to dress in goalie equipment, picking up pointers from Holtby on handling the goalie stick and tending the net.
The students then played alongside the pair of players in a friendly boys versus girls scrimmage. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.
“It was a lot of fun to get out here and play some hockey with the kids,” said Ward.
“It’s not always easy putting on the goalie pads but I think the kids picked it up pretty quickly,” said Holtby. “It was a fun afternoon.”
All students who participated in the session received autographs from Holtby and Ward, Caps promotional items and Hockey 101 booklets. The school also received an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.
This was the 18th and final Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals hosted two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donated street hockey equipment to each participating school.
This is the fifth-consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps have hosted more than 50 clinics and reached more than 7,500 students in the past four years. Hockey School is a free program, designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey while teaching proper hockey technique. Each school will receive an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.