Last Friday the Washington Capitals gave more than 30 four to six year-olds a memorable St. Patrick’s Day. Brooks Laich
, Shaone Morrisonn and Alex Ovechkin
went to the Ashburn Ice House, a Caps rink partner, to skate with kids who participate in the Washington Capitals Mini-Mites program. The players were on the ice with the kids for an hour, participating in and demonstrating drills. In addition, each player captained a team of kids as they competed in an on-ice obstacle course.
“It is a lot of fun to be out here with these kids,” said Laich. “I went to quite a few hockey schools when I was younger and it is nice to be able to come out and help kids learn the game.”
The on-ice session concluded with the Morrisonn and Laich coaching for a mini-scrimmage while Ovechkin played for whichever team had the puck. “The kids here are having fun while they are learning to play hockey,” Ovechkin said. “I remember how exciting it was for me to meet pro players when I was little. It made me want to play even more.”
A group photo concluded the on-ice session and then the players signed autographs and took pictures with the kids. “As a rink operator, the opportunity to bring Capitals players out to skate with our youngest players is extremely valuable to our programming,” said Rob Lorenzen, general manager of the Ashburn Ice House. “But more important and more exciting to me personally is the smiles I see on the faces of these four to six year olds. That, to me, is priceless.” For more information about the Caps rink partners or the Caps youth hockey involvement please call 202-266-2231.