Arlington, Va. - The Washington Capitals and head coach Todd Reirden are extending a unique opportunity to local youth hockey coaches for the second consecutive season by hosting Coaches Day on Friday, March 13, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
Coaches from across the Washington, D.C. region are invited to participate in the free event. Registration is required. Click here to register.
The event will feature on- and off-ice presentations featuring the entire Capitals coaching staff. Coaches are invited to watch Capitals practice following Reirden's practice plan. An on-ice drill demonstration will feature Reirden and assistant coaches Blaine Forsythe and Reid Cashman.
Coaches day also will feature a video analysis presentation by video coach Tim Ohashi, a strength and nutrition presentation by strength and conditioning coach Zach Leddon, and a goaltender development presentation by goaltending coach Scott Murray. The presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A session with Reirden and assistant coaches Cashman and Scott Arniel.
In addition, a special panel will feature Team USA Olympian and Capitals Hockey Ambassador Haley Skarupa, Washington Pride coach Kush Sidhu, George Mason University hockey coach Steve Hyjek, and Capitals coordinator of grassroots hockey and former George Mason University hockey player Andrew
Nash on 'Developing a DMV Athlete.'
Washington Capitals alumnus and NBC Sports Washington Capitals analyst Craig Laughlin is serving as moderator for the event.
According to USA Hockey, overall there's been significant growth in youth participation in the D.C. area. Participation in the region has increased over the past five seasons to 22,144 players, coaches and officials. Since Alex Ovechkin was drafted, participation by youth players has increased by 221%. There are approximately 40 ice facilities in the area, with a total of 53 sheets of ice.