Caps Team Store Shopping

As of Tuesday afternoon, there is still plenty of Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals merchandise at the Kettler Team Store. Inventory if constantly changing and you can expect new stuff for the Fan Fest on Saturday.

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Important Dates for Capitals Fans June 24-30

The draft is over and the Capitals added a few new players, who we will get to see this week! Trades and contract discussions continue with players. The important dates to remember are listed below. The players in this categories, as of 6/24 include:

June 24 at 12:01 am, Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA) can start talks with other teams.

June 25 at 5 pm, qualifying offers need to be made to Restricted Free Agents (RFA)

Development Camp to take place at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from June 26 through June 30. You will have a chance to see the newest drafts and others who are hoping to learn from the coaches and maybe get an invite back for the franchise.

The Alumni Summer Classic game starts at 6:30 p.m. on June 26 on the Caps Rink– the one with the bleachers. It’s free but get there early for a good seat. This is a fan favorite!

The Caps provides the following list of participants: Peter Bondra, Nelson Burton, Frederic Cassivi, Sylvain Cote, John Druce, Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro, Alan Hangsleben, Bryan Helmer, Matt Herr, Brent Johnson, Dmitri Khristich, Olie Kolzig, Mike Knuble, Yvon Labre, Craig Laughlin, Alan May, Kelly Miller, Paul Mulvey, Dave Parro, Pat Peake, Matt Pettinger, Errol Rausse and Ken Sabourin.

June 26 at noon, discussions can begin with RFAs that did not receive qualifying offers

June 30 at 5 pm first buyout period ends

June 30 Capitals Fan Fest more info here

The Stanley Cup visits Kettler and fans will have a chance for a posed photo (no selfies or personal photos permitted) “from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. line closes at 115.”

The Capitals provides the following parking info:

Parking will be first come first serve at the Ballston Common Parking Garage – minimal fees apply. Additional parking options are available in the Ballston area. Kettler Capitals Iceplex is adjacent to the Ballston-MU Metro Station (orange and silver lines).

Have a great week. We will keep you posted with updates and photos.

The Goalies of Capitals Development Camp

Critical to any winning team is who sits between the posts and who ultimately keeps the other team from scoring. This summer we had a chance to see four goalies who might one day be decked out in a red Capitals sweater.

Lets start with Adam Carlson. The 23 year old signed with Washington in 2016 as a free agent and has been playing with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays. He played in 23 games and recorded one shutout against Atlanta. DevCamp 5159He initially reported to the Hershey Bears but was sent down to the Stingrays under and  Amateur Tryout Agreement under emergency conditions, according to the Stingrays. He will most likely return to Charleston but a door could always open to allow him to get some ice time in Hershey.

Collin Delia has made an impression during his time playing at Merrimack College (NCAA) last season. Not only was he invited to the Capitals development camp – he was also invited to the Blackhawk’s camp. DevCamp 570Tells you something about what the scouts see in this 23 year old. He will return to Marrimack as a senior. The door appears to be wide open for his future.

Goaltender Michael Lackey started in six games for Harvard (NCAA) in the 2015-16 season. Before that he was the starting goalie on the U17 team during the World U17 Challenge, according to Harvard and is a USA Hockey National Team Development Program alumi. He is also a local guy – born in Washington DC in 1997. He was sidelined with an apparent hip injury last year. DevCamp 54You see during camp just how invested he is in improving his game and giving it his all in the net. Hopefully he will be back on the ice for Harvard and we’ll have a chance to see how his time at home has paid off.

Mack Shields, the Canadian goaltender from U Sports York University, made his mark on the camp. The York Lions said of Shields: ” A big goalie who has a tremendous work ethic and thinks the game well for his position.” We saw that as he seemed to always have the ear of the Capitals goalie coaches during camp. We understand he will be back for rookie camp.DevCamp 5123 Shields will return to York for his sophomore season.

It was great fun getting to see these guys working with goaltender trainers Mitch Korn and Scott Murray. It was a real treat to spend time with Korn who stepped down as the Capitals goalie guru at the end of camp. We look forward to following them and their possible future in the NHL.

 

 

 

Capitals Development Camp: Time to Scrimmage

Photos By Brittney Marcum

The men attending development camp at the Washington Capitals Arlington, Virginia training facility finally had a chance to show off their skills on Saturday. As the final day of camp, they participated in a scrimmage that pitted friend against friend. And impressive it was!

Scoring today were Connor Hobbs, Brian Pinho, Garrett Pilon, Tim McGrauley, Damien Riat, and Colby Williams There is some confusion if Sheldon Rempal or Shane Gerisch. Either way – they were both a presence on the red team today.

We have a bit of a photo gallery here for you and will be loading up photos for specific players over the next few days. Some standouts for us include:

Connor Hobbs: He is much improved since last year’s camp – he has one heck of a powerful shot. And we liked his stick handling out there.

Jonas Siegenthaler: Back from playing in Switzerland, Jonas has grown increasingly confident in his play. He is a stronger player and fast on his feet. We liked his progression and hope we will have a chance to see more in Hershey this year.

Lucas Johansen: This is his second camp with the Capitals. Last year there was much excitement about his draft in the first round. He played in the WHL last season and certainly has his own style. He is a fast and aggressive player. He seem a little uncertain at the start of camp but he was everywhere he needed to be today.

Shane Gerisch: Some good buzz about Shane. He isn’t afraid to fire the puck. At 21, (his birthday is in nine days) he may be ready to take the next step. He was drafted by the Caps in 2014.

Mattias Goransson: Also created a good bit of buzz around the rink this past week. At 6’3″ he is a big guy who moves smoothly from one end of the ice to the other.

Then there were the goalies: Adam Carlson, Colin Delia, Michael Lackey, and Mack Shields. They had some real one-on-one training this past week with the goalie coaches, especially Mitch Korn. Each one played well in the net–they are big guys who don’t leave much of a gap between the pipes.

We couldn’t end our piece without a shout-out to Tyler Anderson. Tyler will return to the NCAA as he continues to mature as a player. He has some smooth moves and lots of speed. We had the privilege of getting to know his dad, Coach Todd, during the week and we know he comes from good stock. We’ll be keeping an eye on 21 year-old defensemen to see what good things come his way.

Best of luck to all of the prospects. May you find your way to the team and career of your dreams. We will certainly see some of you back in the Capitals franchise soon and others on teams around the league. Have a great season wherever the ice take you.

Capitals Development Camp: Day Four Fun and Drills

The prospects have been at it for four days now – running drills and learning all they can at Kettler. They have spent some quality time together on and off the ice. Today you could really tell that they have become friends and despite the grueling pace, they are having fun too.

Much of our focus today was on the defensemen. They ran some speed drills, inside shuffle drills, and shooting drills (Thanks Total Package Hockey for the verbiage.) We have to say, these guys need a bit more polish on their shooting as there were lots of pings at the bars!

This morning coach Dwayne Blais worked with the defense, providing some valuable one-on-one coaching tips. It was quite interesting to see him skating with the players as they ran their drills. He received high praise from Tyler Anderson’s dad Todd.

Forwards were running their own drills over on the Capital’s ice. There has been much attention on passing and puck handling, especially close to the net.

We have been impressed with the progress Jonas Siegenthaler is making. Each day he seems to have more control over himself on the ice. We see an improvement in stick handling and shooting form as well.

Additionally, Connor Hobbs, who we watched last year, is definitely showing some maturity on the ice since last year at this time. Again, some good control with his stick.

Whatever these guys take away from development camp – you can see touches of improvement in their skills and that they are having fun in the midst of a tough few days.

Join them and us at Kettler for the only scrimmage during camp.  Puck drop is set for 10 am.

Capitals and Fans on Social Media Thursday: 29 June

Welcome to the Thursday Tweet and Social Media summary.

Free Agency is just around the corner and we are all guessing about who gets signed and where others might find new homes.

Development Camp Continues with honing skills.

Camp looks different this year

Become a Red Rocker

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Capitals Development Camp: Day Two Friends and Family

The Washington Capitals held day two of development camp on Wednesday, starting with on-ice testing of forwards and defensemen on the Arlington Rink with Coach Dwayne Blais.  Meanwhile, the goalies worked out with coach Mitch Korn on the Caps ice.

The prospects began the morning, slowing entering onto the ice and teaming up for their drills. They warmed up and then went through limited speed trials as well as some four-cone drills. You can tell that some friendships are developing as the guys were more comfortable today with one another.

Axel Joonsson-Fjallby, who plays with the Swedish Hockey League, has caught the eyes of many – partly because of his flowing locks but mostly because he plays a fast aggressive game. He was drafted by Washington in the fifth round  (#147) of the 2016 draft  The 19 year old is expected to return to Djurgarden next season.

Many of the players struggled with the turns on the cones, and that is exactly with the coach wants to see–areas for improvement.

Mitch Korn was encouraging with the goalies, while pushing them to stretch themselves.

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We had a chance to talk with Tyler Anderson’s dad who was on hand to watch his son. Anderson is a free agent hailing from the British Columbia Hockey League’s George Spruce Kings. He was pretty excited when he received the call to participate with other elite players in the Washington Capitals camp. He will return to Lake Superior State University in the fall. In the meantime, he is enjoying his time meeting other players and improving his skills at camp.

The boys will be back at it on Thursday morning bright and early at 9:15.

 

Caps Development Camp: Day One Morning Session

OH GREAT DAY!! Professional hockey is back at Kettler Ice Plex!!

This morning prospects arrived at Kettler for an early skate to demonstrate their talent and learn something from the best coaches around the NHL.

Coaches and drills – that’s the focus!

Defensemen began on the Arlington/Public side. We had a chance to see the newest drafts in action.

Forwards and goalies took over the Capitals Ice. Coach Korn worked with the goalies.

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Most of the players here this week will return to their home teams, unless they are selected to join the Hershey Bears. We should see more of the ‘seasoned’ players at training camp.

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And of course: goalies!

This morning was more of a ‘get acquainted” type of session. We expect to have a better chance to evaluate the prospects as the week goes forward.

Check back with us later today for Caps Fan Fest and afternoon Dev Camp photos!