The Washington Capitals will be hosting the United Arab Emirates women’s national hockey team in Washington, DC from Saturday, Feb. 2 to Wednesday, Feb. 6, continuing a relationship that originally started in 2016.
During a coaching session in Abu Dhabi, Capitals legend Peter Bondra met super-talented hockey player Fatima Al Ali. Bondra shared video of Fatima’s mind-blowing stickhandling wizardry on Twitter. It went viral. The Capitals would surprise Fatima a month later with a trip to the United States to meet Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the team. Fatima’s skate with the team, the ceremonial puck drop, and selfies were all inspiring moments.
The Capitals’ support of Fatima and the rest of the UAE women’s hockey team has continued since then. This year, the women’s team, according to the Capitals, is “#comingbacktogiveback.”
Part of the news was originally announced by the Capitals PR on Wednesday as part of the team’s plans for Hockey Is For Everyone month.