ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumnus Alan Hangsleben, assistant coach Tim Hunter and mascot Slapshot visited Flower Valley Elementary School in Rockville, Md., on Friday, Oct. 12, for the fourth 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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Hangsleben and Hunter began the session by responding to questions from an audience of 170 fourth- and 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 Hangsleben and Hunter as their teammates. The scrimmage ended in a 1-1 tie, with Hangsleben representing the girls team and Hunter representing the boys team.
“I loved the enthusiasm of the kids,” said Hunter. “They were listening and paying attention during the drills we showed them. I think they all improved a little bit through the hockey school.”
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. Flower Valley 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.