ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumni Sylvain Cote and Ken Sabourin and mascot Slapshot visited Mill Creek Towne Elementary School in Derwood, Md., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to kick off the Capitals Hockey School program for the 2012-13 school year.
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Hockey School is a free program, designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique.
Cote and Sabourin began the session by responding to questions from an audience of 175 third- through fifth-grade students prior to instructing the group on basic hockey skills, including stick-handling, passing and shooting. Students were then invited to practice the skills in front of their peers.
The clinic concluded with several students participating in a friendly scrimmage joined by Cote and Sabourin as their teammates. The scrimmage ended in a 1-1 tie, with Cote representing the boys team and Sabourin representing the girls team.
“It was great to participate today,” said Cote. “We enjoyed teaching the students how to play street hockey and they seemed to have a lot of fun while picking up the skills fast.”
Following the clinic, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to the school. All students received an autographed alumni card, a hockey 101 booklet and a Capitals squishy puck. Mill Creek Towne Elementary School also received a Capitals Hockey School banner to display in the school gymnasium.
This was the first Capitals Hockey School visit of the 2012-13 season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.
The 2012-13 season marks the sixth consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Capitals have hosted more than 70 clinics and reached more than 10,000 students in the past four years.