ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, forward Mathieu Perreault and mascot Slapshot visited Steuart Weller Elementary School in Ashburn, Va., on Monday, March 11, to host a Capitals Hockey School.
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. The trio directed a floor hockey session with nearly 200 third- through fifth-grade students.
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During the assembly Neuvirth and Perreault participated in a question-and-answer session and led a skills demonstration for the students. They guided the students through several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting prior to inviting them to demonstrate what they learned.
The clinic concluded with several students participating in a brief scrimmage joined by Neuvirth and Perreault as their teammates. Represented by Perreault, the boys team defeated Neuvirth’s girls team 1-0.
“It was great to see the enthusiasm for hockey at Steuart Weller,” said Neuvirth. “I had fun teaching the kids about being a goaltender and think they enjoyed the lessons. There were a lot of great players out there today.”
Following the clinic, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to Steuart Weller Elementary School. The Capitals also provided each student with a hockey 101 booklet, a squishy puck and an autograph from Neuvirth and Perreault. Steuart Weller Elementary School also received a Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.
Neuvirth was drafted by Washington in the second round, 34th overall, of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He has appeared in 116 games with the team. Perreault was drafted by Washington in the sixth round, 177th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and has appeared in 137 games with the Capitals.
The assembly was the thirteenth Capitals Hockey School of the 2012-13 academic year. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.
The 2012-13 season marks the sixth 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 four years.