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Quintin Laing, Jeff Schultz, Capitals Alumni Paul Mulvey and Slapshot Host Capitals Hockey School for Bren Mar Park Elementary School

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals left wing Quintin Laing, defenseman Jeff Schultz, Capitals alumni Paul Mulvey and Slapshot visited Bren Mar Park Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, May 11, to host Capitals Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank. The trio began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gym before directing a floor hockey clinic with 130 fourth and fifth-grade students.

Led by Mulvey, Laing and Schultz instructed the students about 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 a set of floor hockey equipment to the school.

“The students learned pretty quickly the different hockey skills,” Laing said. “The kids looked like they were having a good time trying the different hockey skills,” Schultz said. All students who participated in the session received autographed player cards from Laing and Schultz along with Caps Hockey 101 booklets and squishy pucks.

This was the 16th Capitals Hockey School clinic this season. The Capitals plan two Capitals Hockey School visits a month reaching more than 250 students through the clinics as well as donating the hockey equipment to the school so that the students can practice what they learn.

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, coaches and alumni, 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 portions of the 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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