Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ladies Mark Your Calendars: Hockey N'Heels is Back

Ladies, mark your calendars for November 19, as the Washington Capitals pay homage to their legions of fabulous female fans at the team's fourth annual Hockey N'Heels event. Last year's event sold out in 24 hours; this year's event is only open to Club Scarlet members so make sure to go to ScarletCaps.com and join if you haven't already.

Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau and former Capitals player Peter Bondra as well as current players will be at the festivities, which run from 6-9 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

The evening will be divided into five sessions, with the popular one-ice demonstrations extended this year. Hockey ’n Heels will use both sheets of ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, giving the ladies an opportunity to spend more time with the on-ice activities than previous years.

The first session will be an on-ice demonstration where the participants will learn the fundamentals of hockey. The second session will discuss the various forms of equipment. Participants are encouraged to try on some of the equipment and see what it feels like to carry approximately 20 pounds of gear. HM assures you that the equipment used at Hockey N'Heels does not carry the same funky odor as the stuff riding around in dingy hockey bags in the trunk of my car.

The third session includes a Hockey 101 “Chalk Talk” discussing rules and a short question-and-answer session with Capitals’ alumni. The fourth session with coach Bruce Boudreau will help fans better understand how to dissect and analyze different aspects of the game. This session will demonstrate what the coaches and players do to get ready for their next opponent by breaking down video. The fifth and final session will consist of another on-ice demonstration lasting 45 minutes. The on-ice sessions are lots of fun as players and coaches give the attendees tips on the perfect wrist shot or glove catch. And you might get to see the not-so-sick skills of yours truly, who despite spending about 75% of my waking hours at a hockey rink, has absolutely no game when it comes to hockey! (All sessions are subject to change.)

Members of the coaching staff, players and broadcast team will lead each session.

Club Scarlet members interested in attending Hockey ’n Heels may purchase tickets by visiting the Club Scarlet website beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. Tickets for this year’s event are $50.

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