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Keith Aucoin, Alexandre Giroux and Assistant Coach Dean Evason HostCapitals Hockey School at Lake Ridge Middle School

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
 ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals center Keith Aucoin, left wing Alexandre Giroux and assistant coach Dean Evason visited Lake Ridge Middle School in Woodbridge, Va., Monday, Oct. 26, 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 session with the 150 excited seventh-grade students.

Led by Evason, Aucoin and Giroux 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.
“The students were really loud and excited, they enjoyed the scrimmage at the end between us and their teachers” Giroux said. “The students did really well shooting and passing the puck,” Aucoin said. “There were some really talented kids out there.” All students who participated in the session received autographed player cards from Aucoin and Giroux.
Also in attendance was RJ Zeigler, the hockey director at Prince William Ice Center, one of the Washington Capitals platinum rink partners located in Woodbridge, 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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