ARLINGTON, Va. - The Capitals will host a press event announcing the team's Hockey is For Everyone Month initiatives prior to their game versus the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:45 p.m. Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner and chief executive officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Raul Fernandez, owner and vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Zhou Yunjie, ORG Packaging chairman, will participate in the press event along with Beijing Primary School players, as well as local youth hockey players from the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, American Special Hockey Association and Kettler Capitals Iceplex programs.
Video: Youth players from Beijing join the Caps for practice
ORG Packaging is a metal packaging product manufacturer based in Beijing, China, and serves at the Official Chinese Outreach Partner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and is a sponsor of the Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Verizon Center.
Hockey is For Everyone Month is the National Hockey League's official youth development program. The program offers children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey and leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to teach essential life skills and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork.
Feb. 1 also marks the Capitals Chinese Cultural Night presented by ORG, featuring a ceremonial puck drop with chairman Yunjie. The game will be broadcast on CCTV in China and feature New Years greetings by Capitals players in honor of the Chinese New Year.
As part of their partnership, the Capitals and ORG are hosting 25 Chinese youth hockey players from two primary schools in Beijing from Jan. 23-Feb. 3.
Children ages six to 12 years old will participant in clinics with local youth hockey teams throughout the week, concluding with a scrimmage at Verizon Center on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m.
Capitals coaches, players and alumni will participate in programming, including head coach Barry Trotz and alumni Peter Bondra, Alan May and Paul Mulvey. Capitals youth hockey director Dan Jablonic will lead on-ice instruction in conjunction with additional youth hockey coaches.