Tomas Vokoun and D.J. King Host Capitals Hockey School at Old Bridge Elementary School
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun, forward D.J. King, assistant coach Bob Woods and mascot Slapshot visited Old Bridge Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va., on Monday, Oct. 17 to host the Capitals Hockey School.
The players began the session fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before directing a floor hockey clinic with 160 fourth- and fifth-grade students. Vokoun and King instructed the students on basic hockey skills such as puck-handling, passing and shooting. The students were then called on to try out the skills in front of their peers. Two students volunteered to be dressed as goaltenders, and received some personal advice from Vokoun, who showed them how to put on the pads and how to handle the goalie stick.
Following the competition, the students played alongside the pair of players and Slapshot in a friendly scrimmage. Vokoun played with the boys and came out on top, defeating King and the girls 2-1. Before the assembly ended, both Vokoun and King participated with the students in a students-versus-teachers scrimmage which saw the students win 2-0. The hour-long program concluded with the Capitals donating a set of hockey equipment to the elementary school.
“The students really got into the scrimmage today and it was fun to see them play,” said King. “This was my first Hockey School visit and the kids really seemed to be having fun,” said Vokoun. “I got to show some of the students how it feels to play in the net.”
All students who participated in the session received autographs from Vokoun and King, Caps squishy pucks and Hockey 101 booklets. The school also received an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.
This was the third Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.
This is the fifth-consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps have hosted more than 50 clinics and reached more than 7,500 students in the past four years. 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.