ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone month at their game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, Feb. 5. The game kicks off a month-long initiative designed to celebrate hockey’s growth and diversity.
In keeping with the game’s theme of Hockey is for Everyone, youth players from Fort Dupont’s “Kids on Ice” will form the Caps Flag Tunnel and the Ice Crew will be from the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association Under-16 Girls. During the intermission there will be a shootout featuring players from Special Hockey Washington with members of the Washington IceDogs, NOVA Cool Cats, Baltimore Saints and Montgomery Cheetahs participating. Sitting in Green’s Gang and Ovi’s Crazy 8s will be kids from the Fort Dupont Cannons.
Continuing with Hockey is for Everyone month, on Monday, Feb. 8 assistant coach Dean Evason, forwards Alex Ovechkin
and Alexander Semin
and Slapshot will visit one of the Capitals adopted D.C. Public Schools – Emery Education Campus in Northeast Washington – for a Caps Hockey School visit, where they will teach the students different drills and donate hockey equipment. That night Capitals forward Brooks Laich
will visit Fort Dupont’s “Learn to Play” program and skate with kids and show them some hockey skills. The Capitals Youth Hockey Department and Laich will donate helmets, pucks and sticks to the program after the session. On Friday, Feb. 26 the Capitals will be visiting their other adopted D.C. Public School – King Elementary School in Southeast Washington – for the second February Caps Hockey School visit. After the Caps lead students in a hockey clinic they will donate a set of street hockey equipment.
Following the month’s Hockey is for Everyone theme the Capitals are partnering with the Junior Women’s Hockey League to present the third annual 2010 JWHL Challenge Cup which will be held Feb. 12-15 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The Junior Women’s Hockey League is the premier developmental league for prospective female collegiate players in the US and Canada. The league includes teams from across North America including Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Minnesota and Massachusetts. The league’s local team is the Washington Pride out of Rockville, Md. The Championship game will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Admission to the tournament is free and the tournament schedule is available at www.jwhl.org.
To round out Hockey is for Everyone month the Washington Capitals are proud to support the local high school hockey state championship games for Maryland and Virginia. The Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) and the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League (MSHL) will host the “Capitals Cup” state championship tournament for high school hockey. The Maryland Championship game will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md. The Virginia championship game will take place on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. For more information on the tournaments visit the league websites at www.nvshl.org and www.mshl.org.
Hockey is for Everyone
Hockey is for Everyone month is an initiative that runs throughout February and celebrates hockey’s growth and diversity. Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds the opportunity to play hockey. Since its inception, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed more than 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.