Capping Off the Day With Lunch on the Coach
Lunch on Bruce Boudreau! Six months ago, Kelly Black ran into the Washington Capitals head coach at Ballston Common Mall -- where the team holds public practices -- and invited him to join her kids and her best friend for lunch. "Can't right now," he told them. "Next time."
Yesterday, 7-year-old Austin Black attended Caps practice with a hand-held sign: "Coach Boudreau: You promised lunch with me. Today is the day." As the players came off the ice, the coach walked up to Austin, his brothers Aylin and Reese, and pal Christian Halbig (all play youth hockey in Easton, Md.) and asked, "You ready to roll? What do you guys want? And don't say steak," our colleague Tarik El-Bashir reports. The boys and their moms headed for Chick-fil-A, where Boudreau sprang for chicken nuggets and juice boxes, then talked hockey with the kids for about 45 minutes.
So, were they thrilled? "I think they were in shock," Mom said.
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October 31, 2008; 1:02 AM ET
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