December 10, 2014

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to announce it will donate approximately 1,000-square-feet of Everlast Fitness Flooring to Watkins Rush Rink, a street hockey rink at Watkins Elementary School and Recreation Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. ECORE is donating the surfacing as part of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Winter Classic Legacy Initiative, an on-going philanthropic endeavor in which the NHL, local club - in this case the Washington Capitals®- and other league partners support community organizations in the host city of an NHL event.

The Everlast surfacing ECORE is donating is a recycled rubber product that will be placed around the rink. In addition to the refurbished ice rink, street hockey development and training will be provided by the Washington Capitals to 23 physical education teachers in 21 D. C. public schools. The goal is to implement the sport into their programming and to promote active and healthy lifestyles for youth through hockey.

"ECORE was happy to donate surfacing to Watkins Rush Rink, because it will encourage kids to be active, in addition to benefiting the local D.C. community for years to come," said Arthur Dodge, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of ECORE. "Street hockey is a great source of fun and fitness."

The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will take place at 1:00 PM EST on New Year's Day, when the Washington Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks® at Nationals Park in front of thousands of fans. The event will also be broadcast on NBC.