The rescheduling of the Capitals' Sunday practice to 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex has neccessitated a slight adjustment to the team's appearance at National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink Community Day. The Capitals' players' appearance will now begin at noon.
The event will still begin at 10:30 a.m. with an appearance by Slapshot and complimentary hot chocolate. At that time, art stations will be set up in front of the Pavilion Café for children to color. At 11 a.m. Capitals alumni Peter Bondra and Craig Laughlin will take the ice with the National Gallery of Art Ice Rink School Skaters for a skills exhibition. They will start by incorporating the surrounding art into their skills, then transition to a hockey demonstration focusing on stickhandling, passing, agility and speed.
At noon, after the Zamboni cuts the ice, four Caps players -- Karl Alzner
, Nicklas Backstrom
, John Carlson
and Marcus Johansson
-- and Slapshot will take to the ice to skate with the fans. The first 200 fans in line will receive free admission with $3.00 skate rentals for an hour-long open skate. If you have your own skates and are one of the first 200 people in line, you’ll skate for free!
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is located on the National Mall at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.