ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumni Alan May and Ken Sabourin visited St. Mary’s School in Landover Hills, Md., on Oct. 23, to host a Capitals Hockey School assembly.
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.
May and Sabourin directed a floor hockey session in the school’s gymnasium with approximately 150 elementary school children.
During the assembly May and Sabourin guided the students through several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting prior to inviting them to demonstrate what they learned.
Students, who have been practicing hockey as part of their physical education curriculum, participated in a brief scrimmage joined by May and Sabourin as their teammates. With May representing the girls team and Sabourin representing the boys, the game ended in a tie.
“I thought it was a great turnout with the whole school here,” said Sabourin. “The kids brought a lot of energy. They were enthusiastic and really appreciated that we came by.”
Following the clinic, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to St. Mary’s School in Landover Hills. The Capitals also provided each student with a hockey 101 booklet, a squishy puck and an autograph from May and Sabourin.
The assembly was the first Capitals Hockey School of the 2013-14 academic year. The Capitals host one Hockey School visit each month between October and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.
The 2013-14 season marks the seventh 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 five years.
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