ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumni Paul Mulvey and Errol Rausse and mascot Slapshot visited Rolling Ridge Elementary School in Sterling, Va., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, for the sixth Capitals Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year.
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.
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Mulvey and Rausse began the program by answering questions from an audience of 180 fourth- and fifth-grade students prior to demonstrating basic hockey skills including stick-handling, passing and shooting to the group. Students were then invited to practice the skills in front of their peers.
Mulvey is a former Capitals left wing who played with the team from 1978 to 1981. Rausse, also a left wing, played with the team from 1979 to 1983.
The clinic concluded with several students participating in a friendly scrimmage joined by Mulvey and Rausse as their teammates. The scrimmage ended in a 1-1 tie with Mulvey representing the boys team and Rausse representing the girls team.
“We had a terrific time with the students at Rolling Ridge,” said Rausse. “It was great to teach the students and be able to help grow the game of hockey.”
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. Rolling Ridge Elementary School also received a Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school gymnasium.
The program is currently in its sixth year, with the Capitals hosting two Hockey School visits each month between September and May. The Capitals have hosted more than 70 clinics and reach more than 10,000 students in the past four years.