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Marcus Johansson, Jeff Schultz and Assistant Coach Dean Evason HostCapitals Hockey School at Great Falls Elementary School

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson, defenseman Jeff Schultz, assistant coach Dean Evason and mascot Slapshot visited Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Va., to host the Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank.

Johansson, Schultz and Evason began the session by fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before leading a floor hockey clinic for 110 fifth and sixth-grade students. Led by Evason, Johansson and Schultz demonstrated puck-handling, passing and shooting skills, taught students proper techniques and gave them hands-on instruction.

The clinic concluded with several scrimmages in which the students played alongside Johansson and Schultz with Johansson on the girls’ teams and Schultz on the boys’ team. At the end of the hour-long program, the Capitals donated the set of floor hockey equipment to the school.

“It’s great to see the smiles on these kids’ faces,” said Schultz. “I always enjoy coming out and spending some time with the kids.”

This was the 10th Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank visit this season. The Capitals 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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