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Community: Who are We? Capital City Crew!

Wednesday, 09.9.2009 / 2:14 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Lani Seelinger
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It was a very familiar sight to someone who’s played sports her whole life – a group of kids gathered at the center of the rink, flanked by coaches, hands in the middle. “Who are we?” prompted the coach; “Capital City Crew!” yelled the kids.

We worked pretty hard during the day to organize all the kids’ equipment (which is all nicer than anything I’ve ever worn) during the day, but it was incredibly gratifying to see their enthusiasm throughout their time at the RecZone, even right at the end of a tough practice. They actually all got into full equipment for the first time – last week was the first time on skates for some of the kids, but yesterday was a first for everyone. If you’ve ever donned hockey equipment, you know that the weight of it all can take a little getting used to. I think they figured out the upside of the pants, shin pads, elbow pads, etc., though: it doesn’t hurt when you fall.

This week was another session focused mostly on skating, but they were working on some pretty tough stuff – hockey stops, backwards skating, even transitions. It was amazing to me to see the improvement, even during the course of the hour.

I think the combination of the coaches’ ambition and the kids’ fearlessness really propelled them forward. Their confidence seemed to grow as practice went on, and they really loved the last drill, where they had to skate down the middle of the ice, trying to avoid being hit by tennis balls that the coaches were shooting at them. By the end of the on-ice sessions, I’m sure they’ll be skating like pros.

As I was helping some of the girls loosen their skates (something else that takes some getting used to) after they got off the ice, they were saying how surprised they were at how much they’d been sweating out there. That’s hockey – you’re working so hard, concentrating so much, having so much fun, that you don’t even know how hard you’re working. It’s really great to give these kids the chance to experience that.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60