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 16th 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. 4 The Capitals hosted their 12th Salute to the Military night on Feb. 4 when they hosted the New York Islanders. More than 500 service members were in attendance at Tuesday’s game, and the Capitals paid tribute to the military throughout the evening through in-game and intermission activities. During pregame warmups the Capitals wore camouflage jerseys, which were signed and auctioned off during the game at section 109, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). A wounded warrior participated in a ceremonial puck drop, while the Capitals youth hockey flag tunnel was comprised of players from Navy Youth Hockey. The ice crew consisted of members of the USA Warriors and National Capital Region Joint Military hockey teams. Lastly, the second intermission featured the USA Warriors hockey team in a skills competition.
Feb. 6The Capitals Youth Hockey Shootout will be held during the Capitals game versus the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 6. The Youth Hockey Shootout is a tournament for local youth hockey players of all skill and age levels. A shooter and goaltender are selected for Maryland and Virginia in each age bracket to compete in finals at Verizon Center during the second intermission. For more information and to see results of the shootout finals visit www.WashingtonCaps.com/localhockey
Feb. 8 The Capitals will host Hockey is For Everyone Night when the Capitals play the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center. Various local youth hockey programs will join in the festivities throughout the game. Mites on Ice will feature the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association during the first intermission. Fort Dupont Ice Arena players will form the Caps Flag Tunnel. The American Special Hockey Association will skate during the second intermission. Players from the Baltimore Saints, Washington Ice Dogs, Montgomery Cheetah and NOVA Cool Cats and NCR Joint Military Hockey Team will participate as ice crew. Prior to the game the children from Fort Dupont will meet with the on ice officials through the National Hockey League Officials Association (NHLOA) Zebras Care program.
Feb. 14Washington Capitals alumni and Red Rockers will visit Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to participate in arts and crafts projects with patients. The Capitals will distribute blankets to hospital patients through the NHL’s The Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice™ social responsibility program.
Feb. 22For the fourth-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 for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Washington Capitals players will skate and play hockey with more than 100 participants.
Feb. 13-17The Capitals and the 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 from 6:20-7:20 p.m. on Feb. 13, 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. Players are required to preregister online at www.WashingtonCaps.com/JWHL.
Feb. 23Kids Club members will be admitted to the AHL Showcase featuring the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, versus the Syracuse Crunch 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. 24 Forward Jason Chimera will participate in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography.
Feb. 24 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. In addition Ward will present a check in the amount of $12,000 on behalf of MSE Foundation to Fort Dupont. The funds are part of a grant from the Garth Brooks Troy Aikman Teammates for Kids Foundation. Fourteen Capitals players, including Ward, currently donate to the Teammates for Kids Foundation’s Top Shelf Teammates program. Every dollar contributed by players is tripled through an affiliation with other donors. 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.
In addition during the month of February, the Washington Capitals will sponsor the Capitals Cup High School Championships. The Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League, Maryland Student Hockey League, Mid-Atlantic Girls Hockey League and Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League will all conduct their respective playoff tournaments and the winners will receive the designation as “Capitals Cup” winners. The Washington Capitals will also provide championship hats and medals to the winning teams, with a trophy presentation from a Capitals alumnus.
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 programing to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North