To kick off Hockey is for Everyone Month, the Capitals held Chinese Cultural Night presented by ORG Packaging as the team played the Boston Bruins on February 1, 2017.
The evening began with children from the Beijing Primary School playing a game of hockey on the Verizon Center ice.
The game was the culmination of an amazing trip for the 23 children from Beijing, China - who spent 10 days in Washington, D.C. learning everything there is to know about hockey as well as enjoying all thing Monumental thanks to ORG Packaging.
Video: ORG Packaging Youth Hockey's trip to Washington, D.C.
The Capitals then hosted a press event prior Chinese Cultural Night presented by ORG Packaging announcing the team's Hockey Is For Everyone Month initiatives. The press event featured Ted Leonsis (founder, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment), Raul Fernandez (Monumental Sports & Entertainment owner and vice chairman), Mr. Zhou Yunjie (ORG Packaging Chairman), Bin Li (Counselor of Economic Section, Chinese Embassy) as well as children from the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the American Special Hockey Association, the Kettler Capitals Iceplex hockey program and students from the Beijing Primary School.
Video: Caps announce their #HockeyIsForEveryone initiatives
Then it was time for the festivities to begin! The Capitals inaugural Chinese Cultural Night kicked off with an amazing display of lanterns and balloons for fans entering Verizon Center as well as a traditional Chinese String Band serenading the concourse.
Mr. Zhou Yunjie and two chlidren from Beijing were our honored guests to drop the ceremonial first puck to kick off the game.
Video: Mr. Zhou's Chinese Cultural Night Puck Drop
And during second intermission, the children from the ORG Youth Hockey Program were able to come back out onto the ice and play in front of everyone at Verizon Center.
Video: ORG Youth Hockey Mites on Ice
It was a great night had by all and a 5-3 Capitals win! Thanks again to ORG Packaging for making it all possible!