Washington Capitals alumnus Alan Hangsleben and Capitals mascot Slapshot visited Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf, Md., on Friday, May 3, to host the Capitals Hockey School.
The former Caps player, who played with the team from 1979-82, began the session by fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 175 students. School administrators only allowed students who had received an “A” or “B” grade in physical education to attend the assembly as a reward. Hangsleben 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 Hangsleben in a friendly scrimmage that resulted in a 2-1 victory for Hangsleben and his girls team. 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 Hangsleben, Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets. The school also received a Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.
The visit marked the sixteenth Capitals Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 academic year, while the 2012-13 season marks the sixth consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Capitals have hosted more than 80 clinics and reached more than 10,000 students through Caps Hockey School.