Eric Fehr, Tyler Sloan and Assistant Coach Dean Evason HostCapitals Hockey School at Greenbelt Elementary School
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ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr, defenseman Tyler Sloan and assistant coach Dean Evason visited Greenbelt Elementary School in Greenbelt, Md., this afternoon, Monday, Oct. 19, to host the Capitals Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank. The trio began the session fielding questions from students in the elementary school’s gym before directing a floor hockey session with the 165 excited fifth and sixth grade students.
Led by Evason, Fehr and Sloan instructed the students about puck-handling, passing and shooting, before hosting a skills competition. Following the competition, students scrimmaged with the pair of players. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of floor hockey equipment to the school.
“The students were really good and excited to get out and test their skills,” Fehr said. “The gym got really loud at the end with all the kids rooting on their teams, it was exciting to play with them,” Sloan said. All students who participated in the session received autographed player cards from Fehr and Sloan.
Also in attendance were Tom Hendrix and Chris Buchleitner from The Garden Ice House, one of the Washington Capitals platinum rink partners. They promised to let the kids try out the new skills they learned on the ice at The Garden Ice House. The Garden Ice House is located in Laurel, Md. where they have three rinks, one Olympic size and two NHL size.
To designate them as graduates of Hockey School, all students who participated in the clinic received a Caps Hockey 101 booklet and a squishy puck.
This is the third consecutive year the Capitals have conducted the program. The Caps hosted 20 clinics and reached 2,500 local students the past two years. During the 2009-10 season, thousands of elementary and middle school students will graduate from Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank. Students will benefit from question-and-answer sessions with Caps representatives, including Caps players and coaches, where they will share information about their hockey backgrounds and fun facts about hockey and the team. The Caps will teach skills through verbal instruction and demonstrations and allow students to sharpen their technique during the interactive clinics. At the end of each visit, students will receive Hockey 101 booklets, squishy pucks and autographed player cards to signify that they graduated from Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank.