Super Bowl Sunday is For the Kids: Washington Capitals Arrive For Game Against Sharks With Local Youth Hockey Players

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Ahead of their traditional Super Bowl Sunday matinee against the San Jose Sharks, members of the Washington Capitals arrived to Capital One Arena with local youth hockey players, donning the sweaters of those players’ teams.

In addition to their tilt against the Sharks being their traditional Super Bowl Sunday contest, the Caps are also celebrating “Youth Hockey Day”. As part of the day’s festivities, members of the team were seen entering the building with select youth hockey players.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, lauded for his long-running work with local special needs youth hockey organizations, was joined by members of the Washington Ice Dogs, a youth program dedicated to children and young hockey players with developmental disabilities, including Ann Schaab, who he famously took on a sushi “date” in 2014, after Schaab, then 10-years old, “asked him out”, and in whose honor he donated a Honda Accord received after the 2015 NHL All-Star Game to the Ice Dogs.

Center Nicklas Backstrom was joined by his son Vince, both donning St. James Hockey Academy jerseys.

Other organizations represented by the Caps and their special guests were, according to the team: “the St. John’s College High School, the Potomac Lady Patriots Junior hockey team, Washington Pride girls hockey (repped by Dylan Strome and Liv Murray), Montgomery Ice Devils,  Ashburn Ice House, Baltimore Banners, Calvert Hall High School, Caps Academy, Fort Dupont Cannons, Langley High School,Northeastern Co-Op, NOVA Cool Cats, Piedmont Predators, Potomac Lady Patriots, Reston Raiders, Tucker Road Ducks, Washington-Liberty High School, Navy Hockey…and Winston Churchill High School.”

More Scenes From Youth Hockey Day:

Photos: Washington Capitals

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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3 Responses to Super Bowl Sunday is For the Kids: Washington Capitals Arrive For Game Against Sharks With Local Youth Hockey Players

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a fantastic idea. Surprised they haven’t done this before.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this. Vince Backstrom….maybe not so much. 😁

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