A sold-out crowd of 250 women took part in the Washington Capitals’ first-ever Hockey ‘N Heels event on Monday evening, Feb. 26 at Verizon Center. Many were still donning their work attire from a busy day at the office. Some had changed into Capitals jerseys and jeans. No matter what they were wearing, all were looking to have a good time and see Capitals hockey in a new light.
MIX 107.3’s Chili Amar, Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson and Carol Maloney welcomed the group of women to the event at around 6 p.m. in the main bowl of the arena. Following a briefing on the evening’s schedule, the ladies were broken down into five groups and taken to different locations inside Verizon Center.
Groups were given a tour and took part in a Q and A session inside the Capitals dressing room by team equipment manager Brock Myles and equipment assistant Bucky Metzger. Myles allowed the groups to even pass around a players’ helmet.
Caps assistant coach Dean Evanson and defensemen Jamie Heward and Shaone Morrisonn showed the ladies how the guys play in the NHL in an on-ice presentation that allowed each woman a chance to pass the puck around with the defensive pair, as well as learn how to shoot a wrister and a slapshot.
Comcast SportsNet color analyst Craig Laughlin also took part in the evening’s lessons, assisting Sorenson is a “Chalk Talk” session inside of the Washington Mystics lockerroom.
Ladies were also given a tour of the Capitals Family Room and given the opportunity to meet three of the team’s wives and girlfriends in Heward’s wife, Ticia, goaltender Brent Johnson’s fiancée, Danielle, and Morrisonn’s girlfriend, Krystal. The ladies gave each of the groups an insider’s view of what it is to be the significant other of a professional hockey player, something that the women seemed to really appreciate and take an interest in. Hands shot up in the crowd, and each wife/girlfriend answered inquiries from “where did you meet your boyfriend?” to “what are some of his superstitions before he takes the ice?”
Former Capital and TV analyst Joe Reekie gave groups a tour of the Capitals locker room, something each of the women seemed to really enjoy.
Hockey ‘N Heels concluded with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the Acela Club. Five Capitals players mixed and mingled with the 250 women, signing autographs and posing for photos with the excitable bunch. Donald Brashear, Brooks Laich
, Steve Eminger, Jeff Schultz
, Eric Fehr and Milan Jurcina greeted the female Caps fans and enjoyed the night’s wrap-up party.
Each of the 250 guests left Verizon Center with a Hockey ‘N Heels gift bag, including a makeup bag, compact mirror and handbook. The event was a resounding hit with the fans and an opportunity that many hope to get a chance to take a part in again.
“It’s a great opportunity for fans to get a chance to see what we look like without the equipment on,” said Capitals forward Brooks Laich
. “Everyone is having a great time and it’s good for us players to be able to meet our fans in a setting like this.”