A documentary feature depicting D.C.-area hockey team the Fort Dupont Cannons and legendary head coach Neal Henderson is set to premiere in Washington later this month. Per a Capitals press release, the D.C. premiere of The Cannons will take place on April 30 at the Arc Theatre in Southeast. Red carpet festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the film starting at 7:15 and a Q&A with the film's cast and crew to follow.
"Following the lives of two teenagers and one legendary coach in one of America's only predominantly Black hockey teams; the Fort Dupont Cannons of Washington DC must overcome the challenges of life in America on and off the ice in this riveting immersive feature-length documentary," reads the Cannon's press release.
The Cannons' history is intertwined with that of hockey in the nation's capital. The Capitals and the Cannons both have collaborated several times on different initiatives to extend the game to all races and socioeconomic levels across Washington.
Just two months ago, the Capitals hosted 'Black History Night' at Capital One Arena before a game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs, in which they wore special warmup jerseys with a Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club shoulder patch. The club also wore decals featuring the likeness of Neal Henderson on their helmets.
Henderson is as important to Washington sports specifically as he is the game of hockey. He founded the Fort Dupont Cannons decades ago and became the first Black person to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. His developmental program based in Southeast D.C., provides local and inner-city youth with the chance to participate in the sport.
Fans can watch the trailer for The Cannons here.