ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumnus and NHL Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Paul Mulvey and mascot Slapshot visited Creighton’s Corner Elementary School in Ashburn, Va., on Thursday, Oct. 4, for the third Capitals Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year.
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.
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Langway and Mulvey began the session by responding to questions from an audience of 190 fifth-grade students prior to instructing the group on basic hockey skills, including stick-handling, passing and shooting. Students were then invited to practice the skills in front of their peers.
The clinic concluded with several students participating in a friendly scrimmage joined by Langway and Mulvey as their teammates. The scrimmage ended in a tie, with Langway representing the girls team and Mulvey representing the boys team.
“The kids adapted well to the lessons that we gave them,” said Langway, a former Capitals defenseman who played in more than 700 games with the team from 1982-93. “They were so excited to play hockey and it was great to see their enthusiasm for the sport.”
“Some of the students out there with us were hockey players, and they were superb,” said Mulvey, a former Capitals left wing who played in 187 games with the team from 1978-81. “I hope all the children enjoyed learning about the game.”
Following the clinic the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to the school. All students received an autographed alumni card, a hockey 101 booklet and a Capitals squishy puck. Creighton’s Corner Elementary School also received a Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school gymnasium.
The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.
The 2012-13 season marks the sixth consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Capitals have hosted more than 70 clinics and reached more than 10,000 students in the past four years.