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Skarupa Continues to Grow the Game of Hockey

The Olympian hosted a clinic Tuesday afternoon for local girls

by Taryn Bray @tarynbray /

Tuesday afternoon Haley Skarupa and the Caps Youth Hockey Department held a clinic for over 50 girls in the DMV area between the ages of 8 and 18 to hone in on their hockey development.

Skarupa continues to grow youth hockey in the area since becoming the Capitals Youth Hockey Ambassador back in September and has been involved in three clinics with the Caps since coming on board.

The opportunity to learn from one of the best women's hockey players in the country is a special opportunity for these young girls and a great way to showcase how much emphasis the Caps are putting in growing the sport.

On Thursday night Krissy Wendell will be inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Washington D.C. She was someone Skarupa looked up to while growing up playing the sport. She's hoping to pass along that same inspiration to these local girls.

Throughout the clinic Skarupa worked with the girls on stick handling, shooting drills and they also broke out into small groups to work on 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 with a focus on passing accuracy. 

"It's a lot of fun working with the players, giving them feedback, and then seeing them actively work on those specific adjustments," said Skarupa. "I have the privilege of watching players improve during these clinics, while enjoying their time on the ice - it's truly the best of both worlds."

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