Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson
, assistant coach Dean Evason and mascot Slapshot visited Oakcrest Elementary School in Landover, Md., on Monday, Oct. 24 to host the Capitals Hockey School.
Johansson began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s cafeteria before directing a floor hockey clinic with 85 fourth- through sixth-grade students. Johansson instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as puck-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. One student volunteered to dress as a goaltender, learning how to put on the equipment and how to handle the goalie stick.
Following the skills demonstrations, the students played alongside Johansson and Slapshot in a friendly scrimmage. Johansson played on the girls’ team and won the scrimmage, defeating the boys 4-1. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Johansson. “The kids seemed to enjoy it and everyone had a great time.”
All students who participated in the session received an autograph from Johansson, 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 fourth 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 technique.To see a photo gallery of the event, click here
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