The former Caps players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 150 sixth-grade students. Langway and Mulvey instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as stick-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. Two students even volunteered to be dressed as goalies, learning how to put on the equipment and how to handle the goalie stick.
The students then played alongside the pair of players in a friendly scrimmage. Langway played with the boys and defeated Mulvey and the girls’ team 2-1. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.
“The kids today had a lot of talent, it was great,” said Langway. “It’s always a pleasure to be here and be able to see the sport of hockey grow.”
“I love teaching the sport of hockey to kids,” said Mulvey. “You could tell they were excited for playoffs because it seemed like everyone was wearing a jersey today, even the teachers.”
All students who participated in the session received autographs from Langway and Mulvey, 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 15th 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.Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.