ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals alumnus Peter Bondra will serve as a coach for the Pavlikovsky Hockey School program at the Zayed Sports Ice Rink in Abu Dhabi from Nov. 13-14 in conjunction with Monumental Sports Global Academies.
"I'm excited to help grow the game in the UAE and use my experience to teach young hockey players in the region," said Bondra. "The opportunities to host these types of clinics around the globe will promote the growth of hockey and the Capitals brand."
Pavlikovsky Hockey School is an international ice hockey school designed to assist youth players with improving their hockey skills. The camp features on- and off-ice training under the instruction of NHL players as well as world champions. In addition to Bondra, coaches for the Nov. 13-14 session include Richard Linter, Miroslav Satan and Rasti Pavlikovsky.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment is committed to bringing North American sports clinics to the United Arab Emirates through its partnership with Etihad Airways. Etihad Airways is the exclusive airline partner of the Washington Capitals (NHL), Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA) and Verizon Center. The goal of Monumental Sports Global Academies is to educate communities throughout the world through sports participation.
"Monumental Sports & Entertainment is proud to support the Pavlikovsky Hockey School and its participation and education efforts to bring hockey to the UAE," said Jim Van Stone, Monumental Sports & Entertainment president of business operations and chief commercial officer. "We recognize the growth of basketball and hockey worldwide, along with the Arena Football League and our new franchise the Washington Valor. We're committed to encouraging that development on an international scale through several initiatives, including the upcoming clinic. Plus, to host this clinic in the home of one of our Legacy Partners, Etihad Airways, is truly exciting and rewarding for our organization."
Bondra played in 1,081 NHL games over a 16-season career, scoring 503 goals and 892 points. Bondra played in five All-Star Games and he remains second in Capitals' franchise history in goals (472) and points (825). The Lutsk, Ukraine, native represented Slovakia internationally on multiple occasions, highlighted by a gold medal at the 2002 IIHF World Championship and a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championship. He also played in two Olympics (1998, 2006) and in the World Cup of Hockey (1996). In addition, Bondra served as General Manager for Slovakia's national team from 2007-11 and as a scout for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
For more information on Pavlikovsky Hockey School, visit www.pavlikovsky.com.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to 111 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 116 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 aircraft on firm order, including 69 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and eight Airbus A380s.
Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia, and is in the process of formalizing an equity investment in Swiss-based Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com
Etihad Airways' sports sponsorship portfolio includes Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team which is competing in the Volvo Ocean Race; the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne; Melbourne City Football Club; Etihad Stadium in Manchester; Manchester City Football Club; the England and Wales Cricket Board; the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship, and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Monumental Sports & Entertainment association for Etihad with the Verizon center and its teams is one of their key marketing associations in the United States
About Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Monumental Sports & Entertainment, located in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates four professional sports teams: the AFL's Washington Valor, NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals and WNBA's Washington Mystics, and is co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid. The group also owns and operates Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., which is annually ranked as one of the top venues in the world by industry publications Billboard, Pollstar and Venues Today. MSE also manages Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals and EagleBank Arena on George Mason University's campus. The District of Columbia and Events DC are building a new sports and entertainment facility in Southeast D.C. on the St. Elizabeths East campus. The facility will feature a state-of-the art training facility for the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics and will also include a 4,200-seat arena which will become the new home of the Washington Mystics. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. MSE also owns and operates Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region's sports and entertainment news. Relaunched in 2016, the digital platform extends its coverage capabilities to mobile and OTT streaming devices on Android, iOS, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Roku. Visit MonumentalSportsNetwork.com for more information.