ARLINGTON, Va. –
Washington Capitals forwards Jay Beagle
, Mathieu Perreault
, assistant coach Dean Evason and mascot Slapshot visited Saint Ambrose Catholic School in Cheverly, Md., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, to host the Capitals Hockey School.
The players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 155 third- through eighth-grade students. Beagle and Perreault instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as stick-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. One student even volunteered to be dressed as a goaltender, learning how to put on the equipment and how to handle the goalie stick. Before the kids started the scrimmage, the girls and boys competed in a shootout competition. Perreault represented the girls’ team and defeated Beagle and the boys’ team 5-4.
Following the shootout competition, the students played alongside the pair of players in a friendly scrimmage. Beagle played with the boys and came out on top, defeating Perreault and the girls 3-2. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the school.
“Today was a blast!” said Beagle. “Everyone at the school was rocking the red today. It’s always a good time when I get to be a part of things like this.” “It was cool to talk to some of the kids in French today,” Perreault said. “I was proud of the girls’ team today; even though we lost in overtime we battled hard.”
All students who participated in the session received autographs from Beagle and Perreault, Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets. The school also received an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.
This was the eighth Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.
This is the fifth-consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps have hosted more than 50 clinics and reached more than 7,500 students in the past four years. Hockey School is a free program, designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey while teaching proper hockey technique. Each school will receive an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.To see a photo gallery from the event, click here
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