Wednesday evening, the Washington Capitals announced the full schedule and roster for their 2018 Training Camp.
Training Camp will officially open on September 13, and be led by first-year head coach Todd Reirden. Thursday, Capitals veterans will conduct physicals and off-ice testing. On Friday, the team will have its first on ice session which is open to the public.
The Capitals roster will be once again split into three groups with Russians Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Sergei Shumakov headlining Team Blue; Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby leading Team White; and Andre Burakovsky and Brooks Orpik the notables for Team Red.
New additions to this year’s camp include Shumakov (a top-20 KHL point-getter), Nic Dowd, Michael Sgarbossa, and Jayson Megna.
The Capitals roster must be trimmed to 23 players by Tuesday, October 2.
Training Camp will run for 19 days leading up to the NHL regular season, which begins October 3, when the Capitals kick off the season raising their championship banner at home vs. the Boston Bruins.
All on-ice activities are open to the public at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA.
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The 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals will begin their 2018-19 Training Camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Friday, Sept. 14, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Training camp will last 19 days with the NHL regular season beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 3. This marks the Capitals’ 12th training camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the Metro-accessible, inside-the-Beltway practice facility that features two NHL-sized rinks. All on-ice sessions will be open to the public and free of charge.
The training camp roster will be broken up into three squads (Teams Red, White and Blue) and their schedules will vary. Players will be available to the media at the conclusion of their on-and off-ice sessions (approximate times are listed below). Those media members seeking specific players should check with the Capitals media relations department in advance for the best time to gain access to individuals as it will likely change daily. Head coach Todd Reirden will be made available to the media following the final on-ice session of each day. All Capitals practice sessions are open to approved members of the media.
The Capitals complete training camp roster and schedule through the first week is listed below. The roster must be trimmed to 23 players by Tuesday, Oct. 2. Unlike other professional sports, there is no mandatory schedule for making roster cuts.
Similar to previous years, MedStar Capitals Iceplex will be closed to the media on Thursday, Sept. 13 – the day Capitals veterans conduct physicals and off-ice testing. The Capitals will hold Media Day on Sept. 14. All Capitals players, coaches and management will be available to the media. There are three practice sessions scheduled that day (Group White at 9:30 a.m., Group Red at 11:10 a.m. and Group Blue at 12:40 p.m.). Players will be available to the media at the conclusion of their on-and off-ice sessions.
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