Thursday, February 10, 2011

Busy Few Off-Days for the Caps

As the Capitals prepare for a rare meeting with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, many players will be busy off the ice as well. Last night  D.J. King, Mathieu Perreault, Tyler Sloan and Semyon Varlamov joined more than 200 enthusiastic female hockey fans for yet another sold-out Hockey ‘n Heels at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

DJ King demonstrates shooting technique at Hockey n' Heels.

The current Caps joined former Capitals Paul Mulvey and Alan May on the ice to show the ladies how to shoot a slapshot and assistant coach Dean Evason demonstrated the finer points of how to take a faceoff. Meanwhile, Varly showed the women some of his many goal tending tricks to help them try to stop Perreault’s shot in net. While waiting for their turn on the ice, participants were able to see and try on different hockey equipment. Hockey ‘n Heels used both sheets of ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, giving the women an opportunity to spend more time on the ice.

The second session featured Caps’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish explaining the fitness routines the players go through. After the explanation, Nemish had the ladies doing lunges and taught them the proper way to do squats. Feel the burn, ladies, feel the burn...ouch.

The third session was a “chalk talk” with Caps alumni Alan May with Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar serving as moderator. The ladies had lots of questions for the current Comcast SportsNet analyst.

The fourth and final session was head coach Bruce Boudreau’s famous film talk. As always, the chatty Gabby helped the women understand how to dissect and analyze different aspects of the game. The head coach used this current season’s game videos and put the ladies through a typical video session. At the end of the session participants were able to ask the coach questions about the game and the team. A good time was had by all!

To learn more about Club Scarlet, the Capitals’ female fan club, go to

Matt Bradley, Tom Poti, David Steckel and coaches Bruce Boudreau and Bob Woods will be at Kettler tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m to work with Dreams for Kids (DFK) for Extreme Recess Hockey. The players and coaches are surely looking forward to this chance to help children with physical and developmental disabilities and give them the opportunity to play hockey, many for the first time. HM is sure there will be lots of beaming smiles on the faces of these great kids as they learn about the wonderful game of hockey from the pros!

The clinic is completely free for participants and is organized by the volunteer staff at DFK, which consists of young adults, all under the age of 25, who are working to empower youth of all abilities in our nation’s capital. There will be 75 children and their families along with 75 volunteers – one volunteer to each child – giving the children more hands on experience.

Extreme Recess allows this often isolated group of children to engage in the types of physical activities that other children their age experience daily. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, children with physical and developmental disabilities will have the opportunity to be the sports stars. The empowerment and self-respect learned at the clinic will carry over into the children’s lives at home, in the classroom, in the community and will help them realize that their disability need not hinder them from reaching their dreams. Extreme Recess celebrates the unique ability in all children and helps them turn the adversity in their lives into opportunity. With more than 12,000 children currently living with disabilities in D.C. and similar stats for surrounding counties, it is vital that we spread awareness about the importance and power that athletics can play in the lives of children with disabilities.

About Dreams for Kids
Dreams for Kids is an international youth organization and 501(c) (3) children’s charity, with a mission to empower young people of all abilities through dynamic leadership programs and life-changing activities. By helping others find their dreams, they can realize their own. For more information about Dreams for Kids DC, visit

No comments: