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Caps Players Join Youth Hockey Practices

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Donald Brashear, Shaone Morrisonn and Brian Pothier visit Rink Partners

WASHINGTON, DC. – December 14, 2006 – Washington Capitals players Donald Brashear, Shaone Morrisonn and Brian Pothier recently participated in local youth hockey practices at two Capitals Rink Partners. Brashear and Pothier joined the Kids On Ice program on Dec. 4 at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast Washington, D.C., joining approximately 30 children on the ice. The Caps players gave the kids some helpful tips on passing and skating skills before participating in a passing drill and taking shots on the Kids On Ice goaltenders. Morrisonn paid a visit to Rockville Ice Arena, in Rockville, Md., on Dec. 10, skating with a group of youngsters from the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association. The on-ice demonstrations were followed by autograph and photo sessions. The MYHA is one of the largest local hockey clubs, fielding both travel and house league programs for kids of all ages.

“This is a great thing for these kids,” said Brashear. “For them to have the opportunity to play hockey, be involved in a team setting and get excited about coming to the rink is really beneficial. It’s fun for us to come out and skate with them and see how excited they get.”

The Ft. Dupont Kids On Ice program offers free skating opportunities to more than 10,000 neighborhood youths annually, including students from more than a dozen D.C. public elementary and middle schools. Equipment is provided to the participants and admission to the sessions is free because of the generous support of area foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Ft. Dupont Ice Arena and Rockville Ice Arena are official rink partners of the Washington Capitals. The Capitals work with their rink partners to promote and deliver key programs within the facilities, provide player and coach support for their internal programs and initiatives and spotlight the rink in Capitals’ publications. In turn, these rinks promote the Capitals through ice-level dasher boards and banner signage as well as communicating and endorsing the Caps youth hockey initiatives.
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