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Karl Alzner, Tyler Sloan and Assistant Coach Bob Woods Host Capitals Hockey School at Lanier Middle School

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defensemen Karl Alzner and Tyler Sloan along with assistant coach Bob Woods and Slapshot visited Lanier Middle School in Fairfax, Va., to host the Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank. The trio began the session fielding questions from students in the middle school’s gymnasim before directing a floor hockey clinic with the 100 seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Led by Woods, Alzner and Sloan instructed the students about puck-handling, passing and shooting. Following the drills, the students scrimmaged with the pair of players – students versus teachers – where the school’s principle recorded a hat trick for the teachers but in the end the kids won. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating the equipment to the middle school.

“The students picked up the different hockey skills fast,” said Alzner. “The scrimmage at the end got pretty competitive and you can see all of the kids having fun during the game trying to beat their teachers,” said Sloan. All students who participated in the session received autographed player cards from Alzner and Sloan and Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets.

This was the third Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals will 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.
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