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Washington Capitals to Celebrate Hockey is for Everyone Month

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate the National Hockey League’s Hockey is for Everyone™ Month with several events and initiatives throughout February.

For the 15th year, the NHL has designated February Hockey is for Everyone™ Month to celebrate grassroots hockey and the game’s growing diversity. The program offers children 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. In addition, the initiative supports hockey programs that assist disabled military personnel in returning to their active, mainstream lifestyles.

The Capitals support of Hockey is for Everyone™ includes:

Feb. 8 -  For the third-consecutive year the Capitals will team up with children’s charity Dreams for Kids to host an Extreme Recess Hockey Clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, forward Jason Chimera and goaltender Braden Holtby will skate and play hockey with more than 100 children with physical and developmental disabilities. Read recap | View photo gallery | Watch video

Feb. 11 - As part of the Capitals Hockey School program, the Capitals will host a Hockey School assembly at the team’s adopted school, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in northeast Washington, D.C. 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. Read recap | View photo gallery | Watch video

Feb. 14-18 - The Capitals and Washington Pride will host the annual Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) Challenge Cup at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals Junior Women’s Hockey League All-Star Girls Clinic will be hosted at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from 6:20-7:20 p.m. on Feb. 14, with an All-Star game at 7:30 p.m. The free clinic is offered to local girls as part of the JWHL Challenge Cup All-Star game. Watch video recap »

Feb. 18 - Capitals forward Joel Ward will visit Fort Dupont Ice Arena where he will skate with and provide instruction to children involved with Neal Henderson’s hockey program. The Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club is a development program that provides local and inner-city youth in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to participate in an organized ice hockey program. Read recap | View photo gallery | Watch video

Feb. 20 - During the second of two Hockey Schools in February, the Capitals will instruct children at the Latin American Youth Center’s Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in northwest Washington, D.C. Students from Meridian Public Charter School will attend the visit featuring Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro. Read recap | View photo gallery | Watch video

Feb. 23 - Kids Club members will be admitted to the game against the New Jersey Devils one hour prior to opening for activities on the 400 level during Kids Club Day at Verizon Center. A game ticket is required for admission at the F Street entrance.

Feb. 26 - The month will culminate in the Capitals Hockey is For Everyone Night when the Capitals play the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center. Various local youth hockey programs will join in the festivities throughout the game, including the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, the Wheaton Ice Arena Learn-to-Play program, Special Hockey Washington and the Richmond Royals Hockey Club.

Hockey is for Everyone

Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) is the official youth development program of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a component of The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice™, the NHL’s social responsibility program that builds on the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. HIFE provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. For more information, visit

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