ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich, defenseman Jeff Schultz and assistant coach Dean Evason visited Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 18, to host the Capitals Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank. The trio began the session fielding questions from students in the middle school’s gym before directing a floor hockey clinic with the 150 excited seventh-grade students.
Led by Evason, Laich and Schultz instructed the students about puck-handling, passing and shooting, before hosting a skills competition. Following the competition, students scrimmaged with the pair of players. The assembly ended with the school’s faculty taking on the Capitals staff in another mini scrimmage. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of floor hockey equipment to the school.
“The gymnasium got really loud with the kids, they really enjoyed the scrimmage girls against boys,” said Laich. “The students were really good at the different skills,” said Schultz. All students who participated in the session received autographed player cards from Laich and Schultz.
Also in attendance were Brian St. Louis, the hockey director, Racqel Self, the marketing director at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and Wes Johnson, the Capitals public address announcer. Kettler Capitals Iceplex is a platinum rink partner of the Washington Capitals and houses the Caps practice facility it is located in Arlington, Va.
To designate them as graduates of Hockey School, all students who participated in the clinic received a Caps Hockey 101 booklet and a squishy puck.
This is the third consecutive year the Capitals have conducted the program. The Caps hosted 20 clinics and reached 2,500 local students the past two years. During the 2009-10 season, thousands of elementary and middle school students will graduate from Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank. Students will benefit from question-and-answer sessions with Caps representatives, including Caps players and coaches, where they will share information about their hockey backgrounds and fun facts about hockey and the team. The Caps will teach skills through verbal instruction and demonstrations and allow students to sharpen their technique during the interactive clinics. At the end of each visit, students will receive Hockey 101 booklets, squishy pucks and autographed player cards to signify that they graduated from Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank.