Matt Hendricks, Brooks Laich and Assistant Coach Dean Evason HostCapitals Hockey School at Carole Highlands Elementary School
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ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forwards Matt Hendricks and Brooks Laich along with assistant coach Dean Evason and Slapshot visited Carole Highlands Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., to host the Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank. The trio began the session fielding questions from students in the elementary school’s gymnasim before directing a floor hockey clinic with the 175 third through sixth-grade students.
Led by Evason, Hendricks and Laich instructed the students on puck-handling, passing and shooting before hosting a skills competition. Following the competition, the students scrimmaged with the pair of players. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating the set of floor hockey equipment to the school.
“The kids were loud and had a lot of enthusiasm today,” said Hendricks. “I think these visits are important in the growth of hockey in the area,” Laich said. All students who participated in the session received autographed player cards from Hendricks and Laich and Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets.
This was the fourth 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.