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D.J. King, Todd Ford and Assistant Coach Bob Woods Host Capitals Hockey School at Signal Hill Elementary School

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals goaltender Todd Ford, forward D.J. King and assistant coach Bob Woods visited 120 fifth-grade students at Signal Hill Elementary School in Manassas, Va., on Wednesday, March 2, to host the Capitals Hockey School program presented by Capital One Bank.

The one-hour assembly began with a question-and-answer session during which the students asked Ford and King about the Capitals and their careers as professional athletes. Both players made a point to stress to the students the importance of hard work in sports and academics.

After the Q&A session, Woods led a floor hockey clinic for the students, introducing them to basic hockey skills such as puck-handling, passing and shooting. Ford and King demonstrated each skill, teaching the students proper techniques and giving them hands-on instruction.

The clinic concluded with two scrimmages in which the boys and girls each had a chance to play alongside Ford and King and face the Signal Hill teachers and staff. At the end of the hour-long program, the Capitals donated the set of floor hockey equipment to the school.

This was the 12th Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank visit this season. The Capitals will host two Hockey School visits a month between September and May, donating street hockey equipment to each participating school.

This is the fourth-consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps hosted more than 30 clinics and reached nearly 5,000 students the past three years. During the 2009-10 season alone, thousands of elementary and middle school students graduated from the program.

To see photos from the event, click here.
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