Mike Knuble, Michal Neuvirth and Assistant Coach Bob Woods Host Capitals Hockey School at University Park Elementary School
Knuble, Neuvirth and Woods began the session by fielding questions from students in the school’s gymnasium before leading a floor hockey clinic with the 110 children in the after school program. Led by Woods, Knuble and Neuvirth demonstrated puck-handling, passing and shooting skills, teaching students proper techniques and giving them hands-on instruction. Neuvirth called up one of the students to demonstrate how to put on goalie equipment and then gave her some key instructions on how to stop the ball before putting her in the net.
The clinic concluded with several scrimmages in which the students played alongside Knuble and Neuvirth. Even the teachers got involved in the action, when they took on the students during 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.
“I think the kids really enjoyed the lessons and by the end of the scrimmage they were getting pretty good out there,” said Knuble. “It was fun to show the kids all the goalie equipment and how protected we are in net,” said Neuvirth.
This was the sixth 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.