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Posted at 5:11 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Skate with the Caps this Sunday for Community Day

By Nicole Weissman

This Sunday, Caps players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson, as well as assistant coach Dean Evason and, of course, Slapshot, will be on hand at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., but if you want to hit the ice with these guys, I’d imagine you should get there early.

You should also arrive early because the first 200 fans in line will receive free admission to the skating rink, with $3.00 skate rentals for an hour-long open skate. That’s right, you and 200 of your closest friends can wipe out in front of one or more of your favorite Caps players!

According to the event’s press release, Slapshot is showing up at 10:30, with complimentary hot chocolate and art stations set up in front of the Pavilion Café. At 11:00, the Caps players will do a skills exhibition, in which they will “incorporate the surrounding art into their skills.” I can’t quite visualize that, but it sounds like more fun than just your average player appearance.

I normally avoid events like these because they tend to be so crowded, and with three fan favorites in the house, I’m sure this one will be no different, despite the cold. But I’m curious: Do you brave the crowds for Caps player events? Does this one appeal to you? And speaking of player events…

Mike Green Concert Update: A couple weeks ago I wrote about Mike Green hosting a charity concert at the 9:30 Club on December 13. According to Mussel Bar’s Facebook page, Green will be on hand at the bar tonight around 6 p.m. to hang out with fans and promote the upcoming event. Mussel Bar is located at 7262 Woodmont Ave. in Bethesda, MD. General admission and VIP tickets for the concert are available at

By Nicole Weissman  | December 3, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
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