The Washington Capitals hosted their second Hockey ‘n Heels this season on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The popular event, held exclusively for Club Scarlet members, featured instructional lessons and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals’ female audience. Two hundred women attended the event, which sold out in a matter of minutes.
The evening was divided into four sessions, highlighted by on-ice demonstrations with instructions from D.J. King, Mathieu Perreault, Tyler Sloan and Semyon Varlamov. King, Sloan and former Capitals Paul Mulvey and Alan May taught the ladies how to shoot a slapshot and assistant coach Dean Evason demonstrated how to take a faceoff. Varlamov showed the ladies how to stop Perreault’s shot in net. While waiting for their turn on the ice, participants were able to see and try on different hockey equipment. Hockey ‘n Heels used both sheets of ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, giving the women an opportunity to spend more time on the ice.
The second session featured Caps’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish explaining the fitness routines the players go through. After the explanation, Nemish had the ladies doing lunges and taught them the proper way to do squats.
The third session was a “chalk talk” with Caps alumni Alan May while Mix 107.3’s radio personality Chilli Amar moderated the session. The women had the opportunity to ask May questions on everything hockey.
The fourth and final session was head coach Bruce Boudreau’s famous film talk. Boudreau helped the women understand how to dissect and analyze different aspects of the game. The head coach used this current season’s game videos and put the ladies through a typical video session. At the end of the session participants were able to ask Boudreau questions about the game.