Washington Capitals ambassador and alumnus Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Errol Rausse and Capitals mascot Slapshot visited Rock Creek Forest Elementary School in Chevy Chase, Md., on Thursday, May 10, to host the Capitals Hockey School.
The former Caps players began the session by fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 200 fourth- and fifth-grade students. Langway and Rausse taught the students basic hockey skills such as stick-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then given the opportunity to try out the skills in front of their peers. Two students even volunteered to be dressed as goalies, learning the proper way to put on the equipment and how to handle the goalie stick.
The students then played alongside the alumni in a friendly scrimmage that resulted in a 1-1 tie. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.
All students who participated in the session received autographs from Langway and Rausse, 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 16th 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 hockey technique. Each school will receive an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.
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