Washington Capitals Training Camp Day One Highlights

Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears Day one of training camp 2018.

The Washington Capitals officially returned to the ice Friday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex (MCI) where the kicked off day one of training camp. The rink was full of fans and media to capture the start of their journey to back-to-back. We will have other reports about specific players and squads; this is just a summary of the things that caught our attention – not necessarily technical analysis, just good old Capitals fun.

Missing from camp on Friday were John Carlson and Lars Eller who the Capitals reported were out for “lower body” injury. Eller left the ice on Wednesday and did not return. Not sure what happened to Carly as he looked good when last we saw him on 10 September. Additionally, the Caps report that Sergei Shumakov is working through some visa issues.


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Capitals Weekend Plans

Get out of the rain and come see your Stanley Cup Champions the Washington Capitals prepare to got band-to-back! The Caps kick off training camp on Friday at 9:30 at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Ballston, VA.

Camp is open, for FREE, to the public. Not many clubs offer this opportunity which is great for the fan who might be able to afford to get to a game.

Here is the weekend schedule:

And here is who you will be seeing this first weekend. As they Caps move closer to narrowing down their roster, players will be released to return to Hershey and begin conditioning with the Bears. Others will return to college sports or the ECHL.

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Capitals Training Camp Start Date

As we mentioned last week, the Capitals Training cap will kickoff on 14 September at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Here is the official word from the Capitals:

The Capitals will officially open their 2018-19 NHL training camp on Friday, Sept. 14, at Medstar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. There are three practice sessions scheduled that day (Group White at 9:30 a.m., Group Red at 11 a.m. and Group Blue at 12:30 p.m.). The Caps will conduct conduct off-ice tests the day before.

Camp runs every day with various activities. It is open to the public and a great way to see the newest members and to encourage the veteran players with your cheers! We will provide more details as they become available.

Just Another Day on the Ice for Returning Capitals

The mood on the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex was still lighthearted and yet focused.

Joining the workout on Monday for the first time were Dmitry Orlov, Michal Kempny, Madison Bowey, and TJ Oshie. Missing for a second day was Lars Eller. Continue reading “Just Another Day on the Ice for Returning Capitals”

TJ Oshie Returns to MedStar Capitals Iceplex for First Skate

The Washington Capitals picked up where they left off on Friday with Camp Nemo – a conditioning camp before the preseason training camp. This Monday brought the return of TJ Oshie to the group.

Oshie was in a great mood which quickly spread among the players.


The look of determination was evident even at this early stage of the team coming back together since they journeyed around the world with the Stanley Cup. And they are looking goooood.

Capitals Conditioning Continues; Stephenson and Smith-Pelly Join

The Capitals, minus the rookies who are in Florida, continue to work on strengthening their bodies and warming up for training camp next week.

The morning typically starts early with the goalies working at the far end of the rink with Scott Murray. Today they brought in the notorious medicine ball. In the net were Pheonix Copley, Vitek Vanecek, and Braden Holtby. More on them later. Continue reading “Capitals Conditioning Continues; Stephenson and Smith-Pelly Join”

So Many Hershey Bears in Virginia

The Capitals players are showing up little by little in Ballston, Virginia for an unofficial conditioning camp. Added to the pack are a few fellas from Hershey to show off their Bear talent. Continue reading “So Many Hershey Bears in Virginia”

Alex Ovechkin is Back, Setting Good Examples for Prospects at Camp Nemo

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More Washington Capitals players have trickled into the DMV to gear up for the season and a chance to defend Lord Stanley’s Cup. No seriously, the keg stands are stopping and they’re getting back to business. A lot prospects took to the ice early on during Wednesday morning’s unofficial practice and were soon joined in by the vets including team captain Alex Ovechkin.

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My Time with the Washington Capitals

The Capitals had an extra goaltender on the ice the past few weeks for Camp Nemo. Max Cichanowicz was invited to sit in the net as a few Caps played a bit of ‘pickup hockey’ before training camp begins mid-September. Here’s his story about how the Capitals made his dream come true! Continue reading “My Time with the Washington Capitals”

What’s Next for the Capitals?

All summer we have watched, often with dusty eyes, as the Capitals each had their day with the Stanley Cup. The summer break is winding down and we are seeing players trickle back into MedStar Capitals IcePlex (MCI skate) to get their skating legs back. Continue reading “What’s Next for the Capitals?”