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Washington Capitals Alumni Paul Mulvey and Errol RausseHost Capitals Hockey School at Oak Hill Elementary School

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals alumni Paul Mulvey and Errol Rausse and mascot Slapshot hosted Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank on May 10 for 150 sixth-grade students at Oak Hill Elementary School in Herndon, Va.

The one-hour assembly began with a question-and-answer session during which Mulvey and Rausse told the students about themselves and discussed their time in the National Hockey League. Students then had an opportunity to ask the alumni questions about their careers and the game of hockey.

After the Q&A session, the alumni led a floor hockey clinic for the students, introducing them to basic hockey skills such as puck-handling, passing and shooting. Mulvey and Rausse demonstrated each skill, teaching the students proper techniques and giving them hands-on instruction. Several student volunteers were selected to try out what they learned in front of their peers. One boy and one girl from the sixth-grade class were chosen to try on the goalie gear.

The clinic concluded with several scrimmages in which the boys and girls faced off against each other before the Oak Hill Elementary staff played against the Caps alumni and staff. At the end of the program the Capitals donated the set of floor hockey equipment to the school.

This was the 17th Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank visit this season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May, donating street hockey equipment to each participating school.

This is the fourth-consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps hosted more than 30 clinics and reached nearly 5,000 students the past three years. During the 2009-10 season alone, thousands of elementary and middle school students graduated from the program.
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