A Field Trip For the Ages: Arlington Public Schools Attends Capitals Practice, Celebrate Alex Ovechkin’s Historic Season

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On Friday, school children from five elementary schools in Arlington, Virginia, attended the Washington Capitals’ practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex to celebrate captain Alex Ovechkin’s historic season thus far.

The children watched the Caps practice, loudly cheering on the team and in particular Ovechkin, who became the third 800-Goal scorer in the history of the NHL and the league’s second-highest goal-getter earlier this season.  The former first overall pick was welcomed to a roar of cheers upon taking the ice at MedStar.

In his 18 seasons in Washington, Ovechkin has become not only one of the city’s most iconic sports figures, but has devoted a great deal of his time to charitable causes benefiting children, particularly those who play hockey and/or special needs.

The children from the five elementary schools were on their first field trips since before the COVID-19 pandemic, however they had preceded the day out of the classroom by using the historic number of 802 (the number of goals Ovechkin reached to surpass legendary great Gordie Howe) as part of their classroom curriculum.

Ovechkin met with the various school groups (totaling some 800 kids) after the conclusion of practice, and posed for pictures with the various classes. The reception the team and he received was not lost on the Capitals’ captain. “I knew it was going to be loud, but not that loud”, said Ovechkin after practice, “Kids, people, get involved, they get to love more hockey”, he said of the impact the day might have.

In addition to involving the Arlington kids in the continued celebration of his historic accomplishment, Ovechkin will also make a donation to the American Special Hockey Association, an organization the 37-year old has given his time to in the past. to pay for the ice time of over 100 special hockey teams throughout the country. Famed for his one-timer from the left faceoff circle (famously-called his “office”), local rinks will soon don “Ovi’s Office” logos in the same spot; Ovechkin will visit select rinks later in the 2022-23 season.

The eventful day was documented throughout social media, with attendees
(including school principals!) taking to their accounts to share their experiences.

Having grown the sport of hockey in the DMV since his arrival to Washington, Ovechkin’s impact off the ice is often overlooked due to his tremendous numbers on it. Today was yet another reminder of the far-reaching legacy that the Capitals’ captain will leave whenever he hangs the skates up.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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4 Responses to A Field Trip For the Ages: Arlington Public Schools Attends Capitals Practice, Celebrate Alex Ovechkin’s Historic Season

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    I’m sure it was an amazing experience for the kids.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea. I wonder who came up with it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I got to go to the zoo and a museum when I was a kid. SMH.

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