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It’s truly an All-Star lineup at The Washington Auto Show this year! Meet Craig Laughlin, Ryan Kerrigan, Wayne Rooney, Sean Doolittle, and Kristi Toliver, plus special appearances by team mascots and other surprises throughout the week!

Washington Capitals Day

Monday, April 8 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rock the red at the Auto Show and meet Capitals’ Broadcaster Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot!

As the Washington Capitals’ television color commentator for nearly 30 years, Craig Laughlin has been a familiar face for multiple generations of hockey fans in the region. Prior to his broadcasting career, Laughlin spent eight years in the NHL. In the 1984-85 season, he was the second-highest scorer on the Capitals, notching 75 points as the team advanced to the Patrick Division Finals. Laughlin has been paired in the Capitals’ television booth with Joe Beninati since 1994, and has been awarded several regional Emmy awards for his work as a broadcaster. Laughlin and Beninati are one of the longest-tenured play-by-play duos in North American professional sports.

Washington Redskins Day

Tuesday, April 9 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Meet Redskins superstar Ryan Kerrigan! 

One of the Washington Redskins’ most decorated and best-known players, Ryan Kerrigan is a four-time Pro Bowl honoree, having made the team in 2012 and each of the past three seasons. Kerrigan has started every one of the 128 games the Redskins have played since he was drafted by the team in 2011, making him the NFL’s all-time leader in consecutive starts by a left outside linebacker. Kerrigan is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, having recorded 13 sacks in each of the last two seasons. An Indiana native, Kerrigan is one of the best players in Purdue football history, having set the Big Ten conference record for most forced fumbles in a career (12). In 2010, his senior season, Kerrigan was a unanimous All-American selection, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and the recipient of the Bill Willis Trophy, honoring the nation’s best defensive lineman.

D.C. United Day

Wednesday, April 10 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Meet D.C. United superstar Wayne Rooney and Mascot Talon!

The most prolific scorer in the history of both Manchester United and the English national team, Wayne Rooney is one of the world’s most recognizable athletes, and one of the MLS’ preeminent superstars. Now in his second season with D.C. United, Rooney has had a remarkable professional soccer career in the English Premier League, having scored 218 goals in 17 seasons with Manchester United and Everton. Having started his professional career with Everton at age 16, Rooney is the second-highest scorer all-time in the Premier League, and has the third-most assists all-time. He has also appeared in both three World Cups and three UEFA Euro championships for England. Although he did not join D.C. United until nearly halfway through the 2018 season, Rooney had a major impact on the team, scoring 12 goals for the club in just 21 appearances, making him the team’s top goal scorer for the season. Rooney was named D.C. United’s team MVP for 2018, and the MLS Player of the Month for October.

Washington Nationals Day

Thursday, April 11 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Meet Washington Nationals All-Star Sean Doolittle and one of the Racing Presidents!

With a distinctive look, a fascinating personality, and a devastating four-seam fastball, Sean Doolittle has quickly become both a favorite of Washington Nationals fans, and a reliable reliever for the team as well. One of the most successful pitchers in the history of the University of Virginia, Doolittle was traded to the Nationals in July 2017 after spending five years with the Oakland Athletics. Doolittle has provided stability to the back end of the Nationals’ bullpen, having converted 43 of his first 45 save opportunities in Washington across the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Doolittle’s reliability earned him a spot on the 2018 NL All-Star team, his second such honor (he previously made the AL All-Star team in 2014 with Oakland). Doolittle and his wife Eireann are active supporters of charitable organizations that support veterans, at-risk LGBT youth, war refugees, and other highly vulnerable populations.

 

Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics Day

Friday, April 12 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Meet Mystics All-Star/Wizards Assistant Coach Kristi Toliver and Wizards Mascot G-Wiz!

A decorated college and professional basketball player in her own right, Kristi Toliver is the fourth woman to serve as an assistant coach in the NBA, and the first in Washington Wizards history. Currently in her first year with the Wizards, Toliver is also the starting point guard for the Washington Mystics, and in 2018 she earned her second WNBA All-Star selection and helped lead the team to their first Eastern Conference championship in team history. Toliver has spent 10 seasons in the WNBA, and also has a storied career overseas, winning three consecutive Russian National League championships with UMMC Ekaterinburg from 2015 to 2017. Toliver also played college basketball at Maryland from 2005 to 2009, where she played an integral role in the Terrapins’ 2006 national championship run, including making a critical three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation in the title game against Duke.

 

 

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