ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals along with several Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia-area rinks will participate in USA Hockey’s seventh annual Hockey Weekend Across America from Feb. 28 – March 2.
Launched by USA Hockey in 2008, Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels and to expose hockey to new audiences. Each day of the weekend has a theme.
Friday, Feb. 28, is Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day, sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com. Caps fans are encouraged to wear their Capitals jersey to work or school and tweet photos to @WashCaps and @CapsYouthHockey using the either the hashtag #TryHockey4Free or #HWAA.
Saturday, March 1, is Try Hockey Day, sponsored by the NHL. Nearly 500 rinks across the country will invite boys and girls ages four to nine years old to “Try Hockey for Free” with clinics aimed to help kids experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.
Local rink partners participating in Try Hockey for Free Day include:
Ice World – Abingdon, Md. – 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Herbert Wells Ice Rink – College Park, Md. – 6 p.m.
Columbia Ice Rink – Columbia, Md. – 12:20 p.m.
Talbot County Community Center Ice Rink – Easton, Md. – 6 p.m.
Skate Frederick – Frederick, Md. – 10 a.m.
Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex – Hagerstown, Md. – 10:30 a.m.
The Gardens Ice House – Laurel, Md. – 10 a.m.
Piney Orchard Ice Arena – Odenton, Md. – 11 a.m.
Reisterstown Sportsplex – Reisterstown, Md. – 11 a.m.
Mt. Vernon Rec Center – Alexandria, Va. – 2 p.m.
Main Street Arena – Charlottesville, Va. – 11:45 a.m.
Chilled Ponds Ice & Turf Sports Complex – Chesapeake, Va. – noon
Richmond Ice Zone – North Chesterfield, Va. – 12:20 p.m.
Iceland of Hampton Roads – Virginia Beach, Va. – 7:30 a.m.
Prince William Ice Center – Woodbridge, Va. – 2 p.m.
To register for one of the Try Hockey for Free opportunities, visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com.
Sunday, March 2, is Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day, which encourages hockey programs nationwide to honor their local hockey heroes.
In addition, NBC’s Hockey Day in America includes coverage of the Washington Capitals versus the Philadelphia Flyers game at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Along with its game coverage, NBC will also produce content in and around the games showcasing hockey at all levels in the United States.
For more information on Hockey Weekend Across America, visit www.hockeyweekendacrossamerica.com.