More than 500 hockey players of different ages and skill levels from the United States, Canada and Britain compose the 38 teams who are participating in the Special Hockey Tournament hosted at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., this weekend, April 19-21. Competition, which began on Thursday night, will continue until Saturday.
Capitals team captain Chris Clark dropped the first puck during open ceremonies on Friday afternoon, which also included the playing of the national anthems, opening comments by tournament officials and the welcoming of local dignitaries. Full of music and celebration, each of the 38 teams were honored during the ceremony.
To add to the excitement at the Iceplex, many of the National Hockey League’s official trophies are also on display during the course of the tournament. Fans can take pictures and get up close and personal with the trophies, which are located on the Iceplex’s mezzanine level.
Fifty of the 70 hours of tournament ice-time were donated by the Capitals. At least 500 hours of ice-time each year is donated by the Capitals to Arlington County for the use of economically disadvantaged and physically and mentally challenged members of the community an opportunity to use the brand new facility.
More information and tournament scheduling may be found by clicking HERE