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College Hockey Fair

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host the second-annual College Hockey Fair before the team takes on the Florida Panthers on Saturday, April 5, at Verizon Center. The event, hosted on the Wizards Practice Court, will give Washington, D.C., area parents and youth hockey players a forum to discuss how to get started playing college hockey.

USA Hockey Coach-in-Chief Al Bloomer will open the program and brief parents and players on the differences between NCAA division levels, as well as give a summary of different paths players can take to reach their ultimate goal of playing hockey at the collegiate level. 

Former Capital and current Comcast SportsNet television analyst Craig Laughlin will be on hand to lead a panel discussion with 12 coaches and administrators who represent a wide spectrum of college hockey programs from ACHA club teams to NCAA Division I. Topics such as how coaches find players, what they look for in athletes and how programs can help develop young talent will be discussed during the panel forum.

Following the conclusion of the speaking portion of the program, the fair will feature break-out sessions where parents and players can speak individually with coaches and assistants participating in the panel. The coaches will be spread out in a “job fair” type setting, which will allow attendants to speak one-on-one with the panelists.

WHO:    More than 250 USA Hockey-registered youth hockey players born between 1990-93. Schools attending: Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Bemidji State, Duke, UMBC, Georgetown, Towson, Salisbury, Viriginia, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, DCHC/American University, National Sports Academy, Middlebury, Bullis School, Naval Academy and The Berkshire School.

WHAT:    Washington Capitals College Hockey Fair
WHEN:    Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 2-5 p.m.

WHERE: Verizon Center, Wizards Practice Court
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