I may be the only Caps blogger with a kid (two now, actually), at least for now. My four year old is really starting to get into hockey now. He’s accompanied Mrs. Gustafsson and me to several games this year. His favorite activity is skating — ok, running — around the upper concourse with his hockey stick and hockey jersey pretending to be Alex Ovechkin. In fact, that’s what we have to call him, Alex Ovechkin. He’s spied kids donning a goaltender mask and declared that he “needs” one. At home, he’s asking for hockey to be on at many different times throughout the day. Thank you NHL Network!
After the Caps announced their first ever Kids Club, I immediately signed him up. It’s not a bad deal. For $15 you get a membership card, Capitals activity book, pencil case and folder, Chris Clark wall banner, free skate at Kettler, 10% off coupon for the pro shop at Kettler, and a free ticket to two separate Capitals games (you’ve just made your money back on the games) and other special giveaways.
The first free game you get as a Kids Club member is Saturday, December 8th. The Capitals have announced that December 8th will be Kids Day at Verizon Center. From the press release:
The day is devoted entirely to kids, with special events and features geared toward young Caps fans. Face painting, clowns, jugglers, poster-making stations and photos with Caps mascot, Slapshot, are just a few of the exciting activities planned for all kids in attendance.
Members of the Caps Kids Club receive a voucher for a free ticket to the game as a part of their membership kit and will have the opportunity to take part in additional activities throughout the day, including an exclusive autograph session with select current and former Capitals before the game. They will also receive a giveaway goaltender mask, a chance to have their portrait drawn by a caricature artist, and take part in Slapshot’s birthday celebration.
All Kids Club Day activities are slated to take place on the upper concourse beginning when doors open at 6 p.m. and will continue throughout the beginning of the game. Other exciting features are slated throughout the course of the game, including the announcement of the first winner of the Kids Club “Why I am the Biggest Capitals Fan” contest.
Looks like the little one doesn’t have to wait for Santa to bring him a goalie mask. He WILL, however, have to wait for Santa to bring him a new red Ovechkin jersey. I understand that Santa used a 10% coupon at the Ketter Pro Shop.