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Capitals Celebrate Hockey is for Everyone Month

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone month at their game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, Feb. 8. 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 Reston Raiders 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. Selling programs will be Catholic University of America Hockey team. The Montgomery Youth Hockey Association (MYHA) Squirts will play a hockey game at Verizon Center at 3 p.m. before the Capitals take to the ice that evening.

Continuing with Hockey is for Everyone month, on Wednesday, Feb. 2 assistant coach Dean Evason, center Marcus Johansson, defenseman Jeff Schultz and Slapshot will visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Va., for a Caps Hockey School visit, where they will teach the students different drills and donate hockey equipment. On Saturday, Feb. 5 Caps Kids Club will host another Kids Day at Kettler Capitals Iceplex where Mike Knuble will sign autographs for Kids Club members.

To continue their efforts the Capitals’ wives and girlfriends will visit the National Children’s Hospital on Monday, Feb. 7 to make valentines with the patients in the hospital’s atrium. Wednesday, Feb. 9 the Capitals will host their second Hockey School visit of the month, this time at the Capitals adopted school in Washington, D.C. – Powell Elementary School. Assistant coach Bob Woods and Caps center Boyd Gordon along with Slapshot will demonstrate different hockey skills before donating the equipment to the school. That same evening the Capitals will host their second Hockey ‘n Heels this season with D.J. King and Semyon Varlamov along with assistant coach Evason. Hockey ‘n Heels features instructional lessons and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals’ female audience.

On Friday, Feb. 11 the Capitals are hosting a Dreams for Kids hockey clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The 75 special needs children will eat lunch provided by the Capitals before Matt Bradley, David Steckel, Bruce Boudreau and Woods help the kids out on the ice. Dreams for Kids will have 75 volunteers – one volunteer for every participant – while the players and coaches move through the ice assisting when they can. To round out the month on Thursday, Feb. 24 Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Scott Hannan and Brooks Laich will visit Children’s National Medical Center for the team’s annual visit, where the players will play video games with the patients before visiting certain patients in their rooms.

Hockey is for Everyone
The NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative provides support to developmental ice hockey and street hockey programs as a positive and meaningful outlet for children and young teens to learn, compete and grow. The initiative provides access to unique hockey experiences to more than 300,000 children annually in more than 30 non-profit youth ice hockey organizations, and 1,600 schools and community centers across North American as part of the NHL Street grass roots program.
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