Young Capitals fans will join Capitals forwards Eric Fehr and D.J. King along with assistant coach Dean Evason, strength and condition coach Mark Nemish and Slapshot tomorrow for Sticks 'n Sneakers at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. 120 youngsters, ranging from 6 - 14 years of age, will gather for the sold-out event hosted by Dasani.
The evening will be divided into four sessions. The first two sessions will be on the ice demonstrations with Caps players Fehr and King. The first session is with Fehr where he will be teaching the kids how to shoot the puck.
The second session will be with King where he will be teaching the kids how to pass the puck. The kids will get hands on experience from the players themselves. Hmm, I wonder how many kids will ask DJ King for fighting tips?
The second session will focus on the various rules of the game and the importance of good sportmanship while playing the game with assistant coach Evason. During this off-ice session, Evason will break the game down and explain to the kids what is a penalty and why.
The third session will be conducted by strength and condition coach Nemish who will run the kids through a few conditioning exercises and discuss the importance of strength and conditing. Hockey is a long 82-game season which takes a toll on the body. HM's boys have trained with Nemish as part of his program and I can attest that the kids will leave with a greater appreciation for the hard work it takes to get into prime playing form and maintain it during the grueling season!
Finally, to wrap up the festivities, Slap Shot will join the kids for a pizza party. With the success of Hockey ‘n Heels and the growing number of kids joining the Caps Kids Club the Capitals wanted to reach out to their kid fan base. To learn more about the Caps Kids Club, go to http://capitals.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=59825.
Sounds like a fabulous time!
Speaking of kids, HM will be joining my boys and their Bantam team as they get the chance to play on Verizon Center ice this Friday before the Caps meet the Bruins later that night. It's always a fun and memorable event for the kids and thanks to the organization for giving area hockey players the opportunity to play on their favorite team's home ice!