A high school goalie got invited to practice with the Caps ahead of training camp. He called the experience a ‘dream come true.’
Over the last several weeks, Washington Capitals players have slowly made their way back to DC to start training for next season. Caps stars Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, and John Carlson have skated daily at the team’s practice faculty in Arlington, Virginia along with younger players like Nathan Walker looking to gain an edge during training camp. The informal sessions, nicknamed Camp Nemo, are run by strength & conditioning coach Mark Nemish.
Without a full complimentary of players around, Nemish invited an 18-year-old, high school goalie, Max Cichanowicz, to join the team on the ice in August. The invite was advantageous for both sides. Nemish gained a full-time goalie; Max would try to make saves against some of the the greatest hockey players in the world, gaining valuable experience for next season.
It also didn’t hurt that Max is a huge Caps fan.
“Practicing with the Capitals was the time of my life and it really showed me that I could more than hang with the guys,” Max said in an interview with RMNB. “It has left me with all the confidence in the world. It has been an absolute dream come true to practice with the team that is essentially the reason why I play.”