Photo credit: Chris Gordon
At this year’s Development Camp, the Capitals have shied away from the myriad of scrimmages they held under past regimes, teaching the invitees rather than pitting them against each other.
“We’re doing developing more than we are evaluating,” General Manager Brian MacLellan said. “This has been more education, more development stuff.”
Nevertheless, the team still hosted a big scrimmage at the end of camp, the anchor of the team’s annual summer fanfest. With one big chance to impress Washington’s brass, the players turned in a barnstorming, high-energy game.
One casualty of the chippiness was Chandler Stephenson‘s smile. The third-round pick lost parts of two false teeth when he was high-sticked by Marcus Basara during three-on-three play.
“I didn’t see the stick but just felt my head go back,” Stephenson said. “My front four are already fake. It’s going to be interesting to see what mom says.”
In the end, Stephenson suffered not only a rearranged mouth, but also a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Basara’s Team Red. However, Stephenson, who may challenge for a center spot on Washington’s opening night roster due to Nicklas Backstrom’s hip injury, wasn’t bothered.
“He just apologized a whole bunch and I said ‘It’s not a big deal, they’re already fake,'” Stephenson, who still signed for fans after the scrimmage, said of Basara. “At least I look the part now.”
Below, check out Amanda Bowen’s photos of the incident.
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