Jay Beagle, Boyd Gordon Host Capitals Hockey School at Stuart-Hobson Middle School
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals right wings Jay Beagle and Boyd Gordon along with Slapshot visited Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, D.C., this afternoon, Friday, Sept. 11, to host the Capitals Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank. The duo began the session fielding questions from students in the middle school’s gym before directing a floor hockey session with the 150 excited fifth-eighth grader students.
Led by Peter Robinson, the Capitals amateur hockey and fan development coordinator, Beagle and Gordon 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 loud and excited to get out there and try their new skills,” Beagle said. “Beagle and I tried to teach the kids different skills, and the kids were pretty good,” Gordon said. All students who participated in the session received autographed player cards from Beagle and Gordon.
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.