Just a few months ago, Fatima Al Ali from Abu Dhabi caught the attention of Caps alum Peter Bondra for her incredible stickhandling skills. On Wednesday, she had the attention of the entire Capitals team as she took to the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex
The Caps are hosting the 27-year-old Al Ali in Washington from Feb. 5 through Feb. 10. She met the players in the locker room at Verizon Center after Tuesday's win and on Wednesday she took to the ice to show them a thing or two.
Al Ali came to Kettler during practice and was shown the locker room.
But you can't join in practice unless you look the part so Ali was presented with her own jersey by Bondra.
Once practice ended, Al Ali took to the ice with stick taps all around.
Al Ali held her own with the players as they began passing and feeding each other for one-timers.
Finally, as practice ended, Alex Ovechkin capped off the special day as he presented Al Ali with a signed game-used stick.
The visit is part of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone month to celebrate the game's diversity.
"This generation of players now I think understand there is diversity in the world and our game is for everybody," head coach Barry Trot said. "It's not played by Canadiens and all the cold countries. [Abu Dhabi], I haven't been there, but I understand it's really warm. But they have indoor rinks that are cold so you can play the game.
"To see what she's doing is fantastic. She's a real role model and I think it's a good symbol."
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