Capitals Back in Baltimore for Street Hockey Tournament

August 01, 2011 | Ed Frankovic

Well hockey fans, the Caps are back in Baltimore again promoting the greatest game on ice, however, in this case the hockey will be played on the blacktop. Hundreds of children from Baltimore local area recreation centers will play the Council President’s 2011 NHL Street Hockey Tournament at the Dome in Charm City!

Here is the full press release on the event that will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd:

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Washington Capitals will transform an East Baltimore basketball court that is nationally renowned in street basketball circles into a place where nearly 100 city youth will compete Tuesday in the 2011 NHL Street Hockey Tournament.

For three decades, The Dome has been home to some of the world’s best basketball players, like Carmelo Anthony, Muggsy Bogues, Sam Cassell and Juan Dixon, while also serving as a place where Baltimoreans come together to watch basketball at its best.

But on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, The Dome will switch gears and host hundreds of children from local recreation centers who will descend on the hallowed court to compete in the Council President’s 2011 NHL Street Hockey Tournament. 

“The partnership that I’ve built with the Washington Capitals and NHL has really produced a number of positive experiences for our city’s youth,” Council President Young said. “We’re offering our children a new and exciting sport that many of them would not have had the opportunity to play otherwise. We’re teaching them the importance of teamwork, patience and perseverance – three qualities that will serve them well into adulthood.”

“Street hockey is the perfect way to introduce the basic fundamentals and core principles of our game: dedication, commitment and perseverance,” said Willie O’Ree, NHL Director of Youth Development, and a former player who broke the sport’s color barrier in 1958. “I commend the City of Baltimore for its work, and for creating opportunities for boys and girls to play our great game.”

About 60 students from six city recreation centers will travel to The Dome to square off in the Council President’s inaugural street hockey tournament. The tournament culminates a summer full of street hockey for the youth at these centers.  In June, the Capitals donated six complete sets of brand new street hockey equipment to each center and trained staff on rules and coaching technique.  In July, the Caps hosted street hockey clinics at three centers – complete with giveaways and visits from the team’s mascot, Slapshot.  The youth will be coached in Tuesday’s tournament by former Washington Capitals players.

The street hockey tournament, which will coincide with National Night Out, serves as a continuation of the Council President’s P.L.A.Y. (Productive Lives, Active Youth) campaign. P.L.A.Y. provides Baltimore’s youth with a wide range of opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, develop leadership skills, learn from positive role models, and be rewarded athletically for their academic achievements. P.L.A.Y. encourages them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Play will begin at 10:00 a.m. on three courts at The Dome. The championship game will begin around 2:00 p.m. and conclude around 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: The Dome, 1401 E. Biddle Street.