- Washington Capitals forwards Brooks Laich
, Alexander Semin
, assistant coach Bob Woods and mascot Slapshot visited Kent Gardens Elementary School in McLean, Va., on Wednesday, Nov. 2 to host the Capitals Hockey School.
The players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 190 fifth- and sixth-grade students. Laich and Semin instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as puck-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. Two students volunteered to be dressed as goaltenders, learning how to put on the equipment and how to handle the goalie stick. Before they took the net for a scrimmage, the goalies took part in a boys vs. girls “fast break” competition in which the girls came out victorious.
Following the competition, the students played alongside the pair of players and Slapshot in a friendly scrimmage. Laich played with the girls and came out on top, defeating Semin and the boys 2-1. Before the assembly ended, both Laich and Semin participated with the students in a students vs. teachers scrimmage which saw a victory for the students. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.
“This is the first hockey school visit I have done this season and it was really nice to see all the Caps T-shirts on the students,” said Laich. “The whole purpose for Caps Hockey School is to grow the sport of hockey and today you could tell the students already knew a lot about us and the sport,” Laich said. “The kids were really excited today,” said Semin. “Some of them even asked me questions in Russian, which was good.”
All students who participated in the session received autographs from Laich and Semin, Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets. The school also received an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.
This was the fifth Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate 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 technique.To see photos from the event, click here
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