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MYHA House Mites get Coached by a Cap

Saturday, 01.5.2008 / 12:11 PM ET / Community
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MYHA House Mites get Coached by a Cap
Washington Capitals captain Chris Clark attended the MYHA House Mites hockey practice at Rockville Ice Arena in Rockville, Md., on Jan. 5. The MYHA Mites won Clark’s visit through the Coached by a Cap program, a new amateur-hockey initiative created by the Capitals this season.

The Caps captain woke up extra early to skate with the house mites at a 7:40 a.m. practice for a group of 70 seven- and eight-year-olds. During the practice, Clark split his time between the two indoor rinks at the Rockville Ice Arena. He answered questions, warmed up one of the goaltenders and participated in the group’s stick-handling, passing and shooting drills.

“It’s great to be able to bring smiles to these kids’ faces,” said Clark. “I had a lot of fun today, despite the early start.”

Before leaving Clark took a team photo with players and coaches on each rink. All of the participants were also given autographed player cards and Caps promotional items.

Coached by a Cap is part of the Capitals’ Pucks to Bucks group sales fundraising program. Open to teams of all ages in the Washington, D.C., area, this program gives teams the opportunity to raise money for their team and get firsthand guidance from a Washington Capital.

Forwards Matt Pettinger, Tomas Fleischmann and defenseman Jeff Schultz have all taken part in Coached by a Cap this season, and Milan Jurcina will visit a team next week. To find out more about Coached by a Cap, visit WashingtonCaps.com or contact Tim Bronaugh at 202.266.2341 or tbronaugh@washcaps.com.