Capitals ambassador Peter Bondra was in the United Arab Emirates in November when met Fatima Al Ali, an 18-year on national women’s hockey team, and shot this viral clip of her stickhandling.
A month later the Caps set her up with a trip to Washington to meet the team and even join the players on the ice after practice. Her week started on Monday with a courtside seat to the Wizards game (yeah, the one where LeBron hit a buzzer-beater) and then she caught the Caps’ 5–0 win on Tuesday night. After the game, she got to go in the Washington locker room and meet her heroes.
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But maybe the biggest treat came after Wednesday’s practice, when she got to take the ice with some of the players.
In addition to playing hockey, Fatima is also a coach and a ref. Her time with the Caps was organized as part of the NHL’s 18th annual Hockey is for Everyone month.