. – Washington Capitals Donald Brashear
, Los Angeles King Wayne Simmonds
and Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player, visited the Fort Dupont Ice Arena where they skated with the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club Wednesday evening. Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington, D.C., and the club is the oldest minority youth hockey program in the U.S.
The visit highlighted Hockey is for Everyone month, which is an initiative that runs throughout February and celebrates hockey’s growth and diversity. Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds the opportunity to play hockey. Since its inception, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed more than 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.
Brashear, Simmonds and O’Ree spent an hour skating with the kids and teaching them different hockey skills, including shooting drills and skating drills.
“Fort Dupont is such a great program, and I love coming out here and skating with the children,” said Brashear, a third-year member of the Capitals. “It was fun hanging out with the kids, they love playing hockey.”
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