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Jay Beagle, Mathieu Perreault and Assistant Coach Dean Evason Host Capitals Hockey School at Poplar Tree Elementary School

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals centers Jay Beagle, Mathieu Perreault and assistant coach Dean Evason visited Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 24, to host the Capitals Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank. The trio began the session fielding questions from students in the middle school’s gym before directing a floor hockey clinic with the 115 excited sixth-grade students.

Led by Evason, Beagle and Perreault 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 assembly ended with the school’s faculty taking on the Capitals staff in another mini scrimmage. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of floor hockey equipment to the school.

“I had a really fun time,” Beagle said. “Beagle and I tried to teach the kids different skills, and the kids were pretty good,” Perreault said. All students who participated in the session received autographed Caps Hockey 101 booklets from Beagle and Perreault.

Also in attendance were Robert Lorenzen, the general manager and Troy MacCormick, the director of hockey operations at Ashburn Ice House. Ashburn Ice House is a platinum rink partner of the Washington Capitals and is located in Ashburn, Va.

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.
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