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Capitals to Celebrate Hockey is for Everyone™ and Black History Month

Caps announce several events and programs throughout month

by Washington Capitals @capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, VA. - The Washington Capitals will continue to support Hockey is for Everyone™ and honor Black History Month with several events and initiatives throughout February.

Hockey is for Everyone™ is a league-wide platform that celebrates grassroots hockey and the game's growing diversity. The program offers people of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey and leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to teach essential life skills and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork.

Highlights of the month include:

Feb. 2              Fort Dupont Rink Partner Visit Driven by AAA* │MedStar Capitals Iceplex

Capitals players Madison Bowey, Brooks Orpik, Devante Smith-Pelly and Chandler Stephenson will host the Fort Dupont Cannons at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for an Official Rink Partner visit driven by AAA. During the event, they will present the Cannons with a $18,000 check on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation made possible by a grant from the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America and the oldest ice hockey program that is a member of the Hockey is for Everyone™ initiative. The program's goal is to teach young people discipline, self-esteem and a sense of purpose and to offer an incentive to excel academically. 

*Event is not open to general public

Feb. 4              United Arab Emirates Women's National Hockey Team Workshop with American Special Hockey Association* │MedStar Capitals Iceplex

In conjunction with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Etihad Airways, the Washington Capitals will host the United Arab Emirates Women's National Hockey Team Feb. 2-6. On Feb. 4, the UAE team will host a clinic with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) and announce a gift to ASHA that will advance its mission to make hockey more accessible to athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Video: UAE Women's Hockey Clinic

In addition, on Feb. 5 when the Capitals host the Vancouver Canucks, the Caps will welcome the entire team to the game as part of the Capitals' Hockey Is for Everyone theme night.

For more information on the Capitals previous events with the team, click here.

*Event is not open to general public

Feb. 4              Hockey 'n Heels* │MedStar Capitals Iceplex

The Capitals will host its annual Hockey 'n Heels event, featuring instructional sessions and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals' female audience. The night will be divided into sessions of on-ice demonstrations featuring Capitals players and off-ice presentations featuring coaches, broadcast talent and Capitals alumni. The event is offered by Scarlet Caps presented by Giant, the Capitals female fan club.

*Event is not open to general public

Feb. 5              Hockey is For Everyone Night │Capital One Arena

The Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks game marks the team's Hockey is For Everyone Night presented by Etihad, with various tributes to hockey communities throughout the evening. In addition, the United Arab Emirates Women's National Hockey Team will be in attendance.

Video: Caps Countdown | Hockey Is For Everyone

Video: American Special Hockey Association Skills

Video: UAE Women Gift Gear to ASHA

Feb. 5-11         Pride Tape Stick and Puck Auction

Led by goaltender Braden Holtby, select players will sign sticks wrapped in rainbow-color 'Pride Tape' and rainbow Caps pucks. The sticks and pucks will be auctioned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation through Handbid to benefit the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The auction will open on Feb. 5 and close at the end of the second intermission on Feb. 11. All proceeds will benefit the HRC Foundation's Youth Well-Being Project to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth in Washington, D.C.

Video: Capitals Use Pride Tape

Feb. 6              Hockey Day on the Hill │Washington, D.C.

The National Hockey League and the bipartisan Congressional Hockey Caucus will host a congressional briefing to discuss how hockey supports increased interest in and access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning that fuels career exploration among fifth- through eighth-grade students.

Video: NHL and NHLPA take their messages to Capitol Hill

Feb. 6              Congressional Hockey Challenge │Capital One Arena

The 2019 Congressional Hockey Challenge will be played at Capital One Arena. The 11th annual event, a charity hockey game pitting Lawmakers, Administration officials and Congressional staff against Lobbyists from a variety of industries and interests, will continue to benefit the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, USA Warriors Hockey, the Capitol Beltway Warriors and other hockey-related charities.

Attendees can purchase tickets for $10 a piece at the door or by clicking here.

Click here to watch the game on Monumental Sports Network.

Video: 2019 Congressional Hockey Challenge

Feb. 7              Military Night │Capital One Arena

The Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche game will mark the organization's annual Military Night and honor service members, with tributes throughout the game. Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation will also host an auction on Handbid featuring autographed player-worn camouflage Caps jerseys, player-used sticks wrapped in camouflage tape and camouflage pucks. The auction will open on Feb. 1 and close at the end of the second intermission on Feb. 7. One hundred percent of the auction proceeds will benefit United Heroes League and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Feb. 8              Dreams for Kids Skate* │MedStar Capitals Iceplex

For the ninth-consecutive year the Capitals and children's charity Dreams for Kids will host an Extreme Recess Hockey Clinic at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Washington Capitals players Travis Boyd, Brett Connolly, Nic Dowd and Lars Eller will skate and play hockey with more than 100 participants.

Dreams For Kids DC, a 501(c)(3) children's charity, organizes life-changing activities that empower children with physical and developmental disabilities to unite with their peers and realize their full potential. Their clinics pair each child with a volunteer so every child is engaged effectively as they participate in sports, often for the very first time. 

Video: Dreams For Kids Skate 2019

Feb. 11            EverFi Future Goals Field Trip │Medstar Capitals Iceplex

The Capitals will host 200 students from Everfi's Future Goals program on Feb. 11. The Future Goals program focuses on STEM in sports and uses the sport of hockey to reinforce key concepts in science and math. Students will listen to a panel of speakers and watch the Capitals practice.

*Event is not open to general public  

Feb. 14-15       Hockey Clinic │Washington, D.C.

The Capitals will visit schools in Washington, D.C., to host hockey clinics. Capitals Community Hockey Staff will visit the schools and conduct a clinic for the students as part of the Caps Hockey School Curriculum.

Feb. 15-17       USA Warriors Standing Tournament │MedStar Capitals Iceplex

The Capitals will partner with the USA Warriors to host the Tampa Warriors, Rochester Warriors and Pittsburgh Warthogs for a tournament at Medstar Capitals Iceplex in partnership with LiUNA. 

Feb. 25-27       NHL Presents the American Legacy Black Hockey History Tour │Washington, D.C.

From Feb. 25-27, the Capitals will host the American Legacy Black Hockey History Tour presented by the NHL - a traveling museum featuring the history of black hockey including players, Stanley Cup champions, Hockey Hall of Famers, broadcasters, officials and women in the game. Visit NHL.com/BlackHockeyHistory for more information.

Feb. 26            Black History Night │Capital One Arena

The Capitals vs. Ottawa Senator's game marks the organization's black history theme night. Throughout the evening, the Caps will highlight the countless contributions made to both the sport of hockey and the Capitals organization by African-Americans.

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