By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected]
The renovated hockey rink at Francis C. Hammond Middle School officially re-opened on Oct. 30, according to an Alexandria City Public Schools news release.
The rink originally opened in the ‘90s and was the result of a partnership between ACPS and resident Bill Raue, who founded the Alexandria Inline Hockey Association, a local roller hockey league in the city.
At the ribbon cutting event for the newly renovated rink, Hammond students were handed free hockey sticks and took part in a skills clinic hosted by the Washington Capitals. The renovation was funded in part by a $200,000 donation from the Capitals.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Ed.D., joined about 50 Hammond students, the Capitals’ mascot, Slapshot, and T.C. Williams ice hockey players, according to the release.