Washington Capitals fans enjoyed a girls’ night out at Hockey ‘n Heels at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Tuesday evening. The Scarlet Caps hosted their annual night of on-ice sessions with Capital players and alumni as well as off-ice talks with coaches, nutrition guides, and broadcast talent.
The event started off with games of broomball with Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos, Philipp Grubauer, and Brent Johnson on both rinks at KCI.
Fans had the chance to play alongside some of their favorite players as well as getting a few signatures and selfies. Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson posed with fans at the face-off dot, while some climbed up on ice resurfacers and others took their place in net dressed in Capitals goalie gear.
After some fun photo opportunities, fans learned how to take a slapshot with former United States women’s ice hockey team member, Jenny Potter, USA Hockey’s Katie Holmgren, and Capitals alumni Peter Bondra, Rod Langway, Craig Laughlin, and Sylvan Cote.
Following some winning smiles on-ice, fans were treated to a variety of off-ice presentations with Giant nutritionists, a Coach’s Corner with Head Coach Barry Trotz, and an Olympic Snapshot with radio voice of the Capitals, John Walton, along with Potter and Holmgren. Potter participated in four Olympic games with the US National women’s hockey team, winning gold in 1998, silver in 2002, bronze in 2006, and silver in 2010.
Photos from the Capitals’ Twitter.
“It was one of the coolest moments I’ve ever experienced,” Caps fan Ashley Reid said. “I felt completely in awe of her Olympic medals. For someone who has been around hockey legends and greats, I was awestruck to be near such amazing representation and recognition of her feats of athleticism. They gave me a sense of pride. I felt more reverence around the medals than I felt being near the Stanley Cup!”
“You always see them on TV but to see them in person was awesome,” Sheena Dunn added.
Hockey ‘n Heels was a great opportunity for fans to get first-hand experience playing hockey, as well as learning about the different aspects that go into the game.
Below are my photos from the night.