By Rachel Cohen
It’s been a long couple months without Caps hockey, but fret not, because the Capitals’ annual Development Camp will soon be upon us to fill our summer hockey fix. The Caps announced on Thursday morning the dates for Development Camp and the fan events that accompany it.
The Caps’ 2019 Development Camp will be help from June 25-29 at Medstar Capitals Iceplex. All on-ice events are free and open to the public to spectate. While full details, including the full schedule and roster, are still TBA, a scrimmage is set for Saturday, June 29 at 10 am, with additional children’s activities also scheduled for that day.
The team will also be hosting its public equipment sale on Tuesday, June 25, from 8:15-9:30 pm.
Other events coming soon include the Capitals’ Alumni Bourbon & Cigar Fundraiser on June 24, and the Alumni Summer Classic on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
The Alumni Summer Classic teams will be coached by Yvon Labre and Rod Langway, and players set to participate include Peter Bondra, Bob Carpenter, Sylvain Cote, John Druce, Bryan Helmer, Matt Herr, Brent Johnson, Dmitri Khristich, Olie Kolzig, Dennis Maruk, Alan May, Kelly Miller, Paul Mulvey, Andrei Nikolishin, Dave Parro, Errol Rausse, and Ken Sabourin. Fans can also bid for a roster spot here starting on June 17 at 10 am.
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The Washington Capitals announced several events surrounding the 2019 Development Camp week from June 24-29 at MedStar Capitals Iceplex:
Capitals Development Camp will run from June 25-29 at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The entire camp is open to the public (complete on-ice schedule and roster will be announced at a later date) with a scrimmage set for Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m. In addition, activities for children will be set up throughout MedStar Capitals Iceplex on June 29.
All on-ice sessions are free and open to the public.
The team’s public equipment sale will take place on Tuesday, June 25, from 8:15-9:30 p.m. at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
Capitals Alumni Bourbon & Cigar Event
The Capitals Alumni Bourbon & Cigar Event will be held Monday, June 24, from 7-10 p.m. at Top of the Town in Arlington, Va.
Alumni scheduled to appear include: Peter Bondra, Bob Carpenter, Sylvain Cote, John Druce, Matt Herr, Brent Johnson, Dmitri Khristich, Olie Kolzig, Yvon Labre, Gord Lane, Rod Langway, Craig Laughlin, Dennis Maruk, Alan May, Kelly Miller, Paul Mulvey, Andrei Nikolishin, Dave Parro, Errol Rausse, Ken Sabourin, and Bernie Wolfe.
The cocktail event will feature bourbon and whiskey tastings, courtesy of Filibuster Distillery, unique beer selections including Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, courtesy of Anheuser Busch, along with a variety of wine selections courtesy of Trinchero Wines and vodka selections courtesy of New Amsterdam vodka, the official vodka of the NHL. Premium hors d’oeuvres will be served as guests mingle with former Capitals players while taking in the 360-degree view of Washington D.C., on Top of the Town’s premier rooftop.
All guests will receive a custom leather coaster set in addition to a complimentary cigar, courtesy of Signature Cigars. A selection of additional cigars will be available to sample and purchase throughout the evening.
This year’s event will include a live auction featuring experience packages with Capitals alumni. Proceeds from the auction will be used to provide a scholarship opportunity to a select student-athlete from each of the five high school hockey leagues in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area on behalf of the WCAA.
To purchase tickets, visit WashCaps.com/AlumniFundraiser. Fans must be 21 and older to attend.
Fans who are unable to attend the Alumni Bourbon & Cigar Fundraiser but who wish to donate to the Alumni Scholarship Fund can click here. To donate, click “Browse Items” and select the donation amount.
Alumni Summer Classic Game
The Washington Capitals Alumni Association will host an Alumni Summer Classic Game on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The event is free and open to the general public.
Alumni scheduled to participate include: Peter Bondra, Bob Carpenter, Sylvain Cote, John Druce, Bryan Helmer, Matt Herr, Brent Johnson, Dmitri Khristich, Olie Kolzig, Dennis Maruk, Alan May, Kelly Miller, Paul Mulvey, Andrei Nikolishin, Dave Parro, Errol Rausse, and Ken Sabourin.
Teams will be coached by Capitals Retired Numbers Yvon Labre and Rod Langway.
Fans have the opportunity to bid for a roster spot on Team Labre or Team Langway and participate alongside their favorite alumni. To bid for a roster spot and receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Alumni Bourbon & Cigar Fundraiser, click here or search ‘Capitals Alumni’ in the Handbid App. The auction opens at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17, and closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Winning bidders must be proficient skaters and will receive a custom Washington Capitals alumni jersey.
A list of other important offseason dates is included below.
Upcoming Capitals Events:
Wednesday, June 192019 NHL Awards, Las Vegas (NBC Sports Network)
Friday, June 21 – 2019 NHL Draft – first round (NBC Sports Network)
Saturday, June 22 – 2019 NHL Draft – rounds 2-7 (NHL Network)
Tuesday, June 25 – Capitals Development Camp begins
Saturday, June 29 – Capitals Development Cam scrimmage, camp concludes
Friday, July 1 – First day of NHL free agency
Headline photo: Cara Bahniuk
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