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Capitals Host Second Hockey ‘n Heels This Season

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals hosted their second Hockey ‘n Heels this season on Monday, Jan. 23, at Verizon Center. This is the second season the Capitals have had two Hockey ‘n Heels events in one campaign. This particular event returned to Verizon Center where it originated six years ago.

MIX 107.3 radio personality Chilli Amar kicked off the event, which ran from 6-9:15 p.m. The popular event, held exclusively for Club Scarlet members, featured instructional lessons and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals’ female audience. More than 250 women attended the event, which sold out in a matter of minutes.

The evening was divided into eight sessions, with the popular on-ice demonstrations featuring instructions from Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Vokoun and Dennis Wideman. The two on-ice sessions included the ladies learning how to shoot the puck with defensemen Orlov and Wideman, and learning how to stop the puck in the net with Vokoun on the other end of the ice.

The third session was the picture station, a new addition to Hockey ‘n Heels this season. This event featured Alexander Semin taking pictures with each Hockey ‘n Heels attendee.

The fourth session was a question and answer sit down with former Capital and Comcast SportsNet analyst Alan May. He discussed the rules of hockey and took questions from the group. The fifth session featured Caps’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, who explained to the ladies what fitness routines the Capitals go through before running them through the routines.

The sixth session gave the ladies a tour of the Capitals locker room courtesy of head equipment manager Brock Myles. During the tour Myles explained the different equipment the players wear and how he arranges the locker room in order to get ready for a game.

The seventh and eighth sessions taught the ladies about the behind-the-scenes of Verizon Center. They had a tour of the event floor, including the family lounge and the press room. Finally, they learned how the arena transitions from basketball to hockey and got to take pictures on the Olympia Ice-Resurfacer.

“This was my first time doing anything like this,” Vokoun said. “It’s great because it’s obviously not just guys who go to our games; females are hockey fans too and this type of thing is fun for any sports fan.”

“It’s been a lot of fun tonight,” said Wideman. “It seems like everyone’s having a good time and we have a couple of good shooters here too.”
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