– Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby
, assistant coach Dean Evason and mascot Slapshot visited St. John the Baptist School in Silver Springs, Md., to host the Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank.
Holtby and Evason began the session by fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before leading a floor hockey clinic for 125 fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh-grade students. Led by Evason, Holtby demonstrated puck-handling, passing and shooting skills, taught students proper techniques and gave them hands-on instruction.
Some students volunteered to dress as goaltenders and tended the net for a fun scrimmage. Holtby and Evason participated in the scrimmage which ended in a 1-1 tie. At the end of the hour-long program, the Capitals donated set of floor hockey equipment to the school.
“The students played really well and had a lot of fun,” said Holtby. “I thought the goalies were great and made a lot of saves. It was definitely fun for all of us.”
This was the 13th Capitals Hockey School visit presented by Capital One Bank this season. The Capitals 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 this event, please view the photo gallery here.