Hershey Bears And Fans Warming up for New Season

Our newest contributor Sue Snavely- bringing highlights from the Hershey Bears!! Here are her first preseason impressions.

As I anticipate seeing the Hershey Bears play their second preseason game later today, I can’t help but be proud of this organization. Last season may not have had the outcome they wanted but their parent club won the Stanley Cup. Hershey is a minor league team, their job is developing young hockey player. There were 11 Caps players that started their career in Hershey; I would say the Hershey Bears did their job. 

In my seat at the place I call my home away from home, I look at the list of players and recognize 13 of the 30 players.  This will be a team of young prospects in Hershey this season. 

Ten minutes into this game and I have one statement: “fast fast fast.” Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is everywhere, Max Kammerer is a hitter and goaltender Ilya Samsonov, well he needs to stay in his net.

This will be an exciting year to see how the Bears recover from last season with a new coach – Spencer Carberry at the helm.

Capitals 7th Defenseman, Who should It Be?

The Washington Capitals six active defensemen are probably already decided, but questions loom on whom head coach Todd Reirden should choose as a “depth guy” for the blue line. So far this preseason, a few have plead their case on why they should be the one if they don’t sign someone off the free agent market. Continue reading “Capitals 7th Defenseman, Who should It Be?”

Capitals Roster Cuts Begin

Following their second preseason game and a week of training camp, the Capitals have sent the following players back to their home teams:

Alex Alexeyev

Eric Florchuk

Kody Clark

Riley Sutter

Alex Kannok-Leipert

Kristian Marthinsen

The Caps have loaned Martin Fehervary to Sweden’s HV17 league. Additionally they released Logan Thompson from his tryout agreement.

No big surprises with the first round of cuts as all the players released to their junior level teams probably need a bit more time before they are ready for the NHL.

The Capitals released the following new roster for camp, which resumes Thursday.

Dev Camp 2016: Day Four in Pictures

This morning started much like every other morning… until we remembered that camp was still going on! So off we went.

Skaters arrivwatermarked photo 3 (2016-07-01-1107)ed on the ice around 10 and were split on to two separate rinks again; D-men on one side and forwards on the other.

All three goalies began with the forwards on the Arlington rink but Williams went to join the defensemen about halfway through.

DSC_0077During all of this, the Caps announced they had signed D-man Connor Hobbs to a three year entry-level contract. Welcome Connor!! (We are big fans of Hobbs here at FiCP)

Around 10:45 the two sides split in two and switched rinks so that both sides were working with all positions. Around 11:00 all members reconvened on the Caps ice for a group practice.