Shaone Morrisonn, Tyler Sloan and Assistant Coach Dean Evason Host Capitals Hockey School at Key Middle School
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defensemen Shaone Morrisonn, Tyler Sloan, assistant coach Dean Evason and Slapshot visited Key Middle School in Springfield, Va., Tuesday, March 9, 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 clinic with the 140 excited seventh and eighth -grade students.
Led by Evason, Morrisonn and Sloan 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.
“Mo (Morrisonn) and I tried to teach the kids different skills, and these kids were pretty good,” Sloan said. “I had a lot of fun, and I think the kids enjoyed it plus my team won in the scrimmage,” Morrisonn said. All students who participated in the session received autographed player cards from Morrisonn and Sloan along with Caps Hockey 101 booklets and squishy pucks.
Also in attendance were Brian St. Louis, the hockey director and Racqel Self, the marketing director at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Kettler Capitals Iceplex is a platinum rink partner of the Washington Capitals and houses the Caps practice facility it is located in Arlington, Va.
This was the 12th Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals do 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 the kids can have a chance to 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 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.