Fresh off their victory parade celebrating the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship, staff members from the Washington Capitals will be taking it to the streets in a different way in Loudoun County June 16.
Washington Capitals Street Hockey staff — not players but other employees of the franchise — will set up drills for local children (12 and under) at three inline hockey rinks in Loudoun County. The goal of the street hockey clinics is to get sticks in kids’ hands who have never played before, with the hope of increasing youth participation numbers.
“We want beginners to come out and learn about hockey and also go home with a street hockey stick and ball to practice on their own,” Capitals community relations spokesman Andrew Nash said. “We will not only be teaching this kids about hockey, but we also want to promote the inline rinks and your inline leagues for the families and kids who will be there.”
The street hockey clinics are part of a 2016 agreement between the Capitals and the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. That memorandum of understanding provided for improvements to three of the department’s outdoor inline skating rinks where the clinics will be held.
The street hockey clinics will take place at the following times and locations on June 16:
11 a.m. – noon: Trailside Park in Ashburn
1 – 2 p.m.: Douglass Community Center in Leesburg
3 – 4 p.m.: Franklin Park in Purcellville
Overflow parking for Trailside Park will be at Trailside Middle School. Overflow parking for Douglass Community Center will be at Frederick Douglass Elementary School.
For more information about the clinics, email firstname.lastname@example.org.