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The Capitals turned a John Wooden lesson into a chemistry lesson

The Washington Capitals are holding their prospect development camp and gave the players a weird t-shirt. 

The Washington Capitals are currently holding their prospect development camp, where they're using chemistry lessons to instill wisdom from a basketball coach. No, seriously. 

Many years ago, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden developed what he called the Pyramid of Success. Blocks on the pyramid include self-control, cooperation and team spirit. It worked out alright for him—his teams won seven national championships in a row. 

The Capitals took Wooden's pyramid and turned it into a periodic table, with of Wooden's blocks now a chemical element. The put the table on a shirt and gave it to their prospects. 

The pyramid is much more aesthetically pleasing. 

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