Capitals’ Nick Jensen & Jonas Siegenthaler, HOF Inductee Neal Henderson Participate In Practice With Fort Dupont Cannons

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Washington Capitals defensemen Nick Jensen and Jonas Siegenthaler participated in a practice with the Fort Dupont Cannons on Saturday afternoon at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Cannons coach and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Neal Henderson lead the practice.

Founded in 1978, the Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program that is a member of the “Hockey Is For Everyone” initiative. The mission is to teach young people self-esteem, discipline, a sense of purpose, and to offer an incentive to excel academically.

Jensen said to ABC7, “We want that mentality in our sport that hockey is for everyone it’s not just for certain areas, states or countries.”

The Capitals players ran some drills and skated with the Cannons. The 82-year coach watched practice from the bench.

“To let them know that the Caps came up the same way that they’re doing and they admire the fact that they’ve reached such a pinnacle in their life,” Henderson said.

“We just want to put it in their minds that anything is possible and these kids hopefully I’ll see them in the NHL someday,” Jensen concluded.

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