Monumental Sports announced a new partnership with MedStar that also means a new name for Kettler Capitals IcePlex (KCI). Welcome in the new MedStar Capitals IcePlex – already affectionately named MCI by long-time Caps friends. The name change may take a while to get used to saying. Last August, Verizon Center was renamed Capital One Arena after a new partnership was forged with Capital One. A year later, many of us still refer to it as the Verizon Center…or the old MCI Center.
Here is part of the official announcement outlining the partnership:
MedStar Health and Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) announced an expanded, innovative and fully-integrated medical partnership that will make MedStar the naming rights partner for the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, Capital City Go-Go, Washington Mystics, Washington Wizards, and Washington Wizards District Gaming (DG) training facilities. Specifically, the Capitals training facility will immediately become MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The new practice facility, opening this fall at the St. Elizabeths campus in southeast Washington, D.C., for the Wizards, Mystics and Go-Go, will be named MedStar Wizards Performance Center. The Wizards District Gaming training facility immediately becomes the MedStar Wizards District Gaming Studio.
The new partnership will ensure that training facilities have the most current and safe practices in place for all the players. The Capitals training staff already provides excellent care for the team and this just adds another layer of protection for the health and well-being of players. The complete press release is available here.
MedStar Capitals Iceplex had a bit of an uplift this summer on the Caps rink. The Capitals’ ice now includes the team logo. The new MedStar name isn’t up yet, but we can expect to see that in place before the start of training camp in September and the new season in October.