Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine stopped by the NOVA Cool Cats week-long camp on Friday, Aug. 28, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Erskine skated with 50 players on the Cool Cats team. He demonstrated how to correctly take a slapshot, provided the kids with helpful hints about stickhandling and took a photo with the group. Each Cool Cats player received an autograph from Erskine and a Capitals cup.
Slapshot was also on hand to lead the kids through skating drills.
The NOVA Cool Cats are part of Special Hockey Northern Virginia, which exists for the enrichment of the athlete with a developmental disability. In addition to physical hockey skills, the program emphasizes the development of desirable individual characteristics such as dependability, self-reliance, concentration, willingness to share and personal accountability. The game of hockey is used by Special Hockey Northern Virginia to develop within each player the characteristics that will help the player to be more successful both inside and outside a hockey environment. For more information on the NOVA Cool Cats team, please go to www.novacoolcats.org.