If you don’t have plans for Sunday, you may want to head downtown for a fun event with the Caps.
Capitals to Skate at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink for Community Day
Alzner, Backstrom, Carlson, Johansson, assistant coach Evason and Slapshot to participate
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson along with assistant coach Dean Evason and Caps mascot Slapshot will skate at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink for Community Day on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is an opportunity for the players to skate outdoors less than one month before the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with an appearance by Slapshot and complimentary hot chocolate. At that time, art stations will be set up in front of the Pavilion Café for children to color. At 11 a.m. Capitals players will take the ice with the National Gallery of Art Ice Rink School skaters for a skills exhibition. They will start by incorporating the surrounding art into their skills, then transition to a hockey demonstration focusing on stickhandling, passing, agility and speed.
At noon, after the resurfacer cuts the ice, the Caps players and Slapshot will take to the ice to skate with the fans. The first 200 fans in line will receive free admission with $3.00 skate rentals for an hour-long open skate. If you have your own skates and are one of the first 200 people in line, you’ll skate for free!
WHO: Washington Capitals players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson along with assistant coach Dean Evason and Slapshot
WHAT: Teaching kids several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing, agility and speed, before opening the ice to the public where the Caps players will stay on the ice for the first 200 fans in line.
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
On the National Mall at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20408