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Capitals Alumni Ken Sabourin and Slapshot Host Capitals Hockey School for Robinson Secondary School

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumni and radio play-be-play analysis Ken Sabourin along with Slapshot hosted Capitals Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank on Tuesday, May 4, for 200 seventh and eighth-grade students from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Va. The Hockey School clinic began with a question-and-answer session with Sabourin about his time playing hockey in the National Hockey League along with how it felt to win a Stanley Cup. Students were encouraged to ask questions about the Capitals and the game of hockey.

Then, Sabourin with help from Peter Robinson, Capitals’ amateur hockey and fan development coordinator, described to the students the composition of a hockey stick, how to hold it and about the curve of the blade. Next, they instructed the students about proper puck-handling, passing and shooting techniques. Several groups of students were selected to come up and try out what they learned after each skill was demonstrated.

During the shooting portion of the clinic, a boy and a girl were selected to participate in a boys versus girls competition against each other. They shot on Slapshot at varying distances from the goal until one outscored the other.

Before the assembly ended the students scrimmaged against themselves. At the conclusion of the program, the Capitals donated a set of floor hockey equipment to Robinson Secondary School to use during future physical education classes and during an after-school hockey club once it is established.

This was the 15th Capitals Hockey School clinic this season. The Capitals plan two Capitals Hockey School visits a month reaching more than 250 students through the clinics as well as donating the hockey equipment to the school so that the students can practice what they learn.

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, coaches and alumni, 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 portions of the 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.

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