D.J. King, Jeff Schultz and Assistant Coach Dean Evason Host Capitals Hockey School at Arlington Science Focus
King, Schultz and Evason began the session by fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before leading a floor hockey clinic with the 130 fifth-graders. Led by Evason, King and Schultz demonstrated puck-handling, passing and shooting skills, teaching students proper techniques and giving them hands-on instruction. King and Schultz then entertained the students by participating in a shooting competition. The clinic concluded with several scrimmages in which the students played alongside King and Schultz. Even the teachers got involved in the action, when they took on the Caps players and staff in the final scrimmage of the afternoon. At the end of the hour-long program, the Capitals donated the set of floor hockey equipment to the school.
“It’s good to bring hockey to the kids. It helps spread the sport to the younger generation – like it is up in Canada,” said King. “We had a lot of fun out there with the kids, they were really excited about the boys versus girls scrimmage,” said Schultz.
This was the fifth Capitals Hockey School presented by Capital One Bank visit this season. The Capitals will host two Hockey School visits a month between September and May, donating street hockey equipment to each participating school.
This is the fourth-consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps hosted more than 30 clinics and reached nearly 5,000 students the past three years. During the 2009-10 season alone, thousands of elementary and middle school students graduated from the program.