17 April, 2014

Category Archives: Kettler Capitals Iceplex

A Legend Comes Home, To Lead

Was able to snap this photo of Dale Hunter today just moments after he completed his first practice as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals.

By and Large, by Design, a Training Camp of Tranquility

The best part of the Capitals’ preseason has arrived — its conclusion. They survived a slate of seven exhibition games largely unscathed; no front-line performers ought to be missing from Saturday’s opening night here against Carolina. For a team not far removed from serious springtime turmoil and torment, camp this fall has been an oasis […]

Killer Chronicle: A Weekend of Fun On and Off the Ice in D.C.

Probably about two  months ago, reading something on this blog, I first learned of the first-ever Capitals Alumni game. I fly into town this week to participate, and I’ve been looking forward to Friday night pretty much all summer. As soon as I learned about the game I knew that wanted to come right away, […]

Taking a Wrecking Ball to Capitals Country Club (Part I)

Because country clubs seldom are known for breeding warrior hockey players, it’s past time I think that we advocated taking a wrecking ball to Capitals’ Country Club. Professional hockey players are accorded extraordinary creature comforts while plying their trade here, from practicing and working out in a world-class training facility to engaging with a fairly […]

The Best Friend a Hockey Blogger Could Have

Being on the new media beat for hockey here the past five years has meant exchanging warm hellos to others with an extraordinary passion for our great game during the long calendar of the hockey year, and above everything else for me, it has meant making extraordinary friendships. There is no easier person to befriend […]

Hockey ‘N Heels: Flavor Saver Edition

Last night was the ever-popular Hockey ‘N Heels at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The event, which sold out in under five minutes, was attended by 250 women of all ages. Activities included on-ice demonstrations with instructions from Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Braden Holtby, and Peter Bondra.

Nikita Kashirsky: From Russia with His Pal Ovi

The Hershey Bears begin defense of their two-time Calder Cup champions’ status this morning, and while I am always interested in the roster formation for this championship-or-bust organization, this fall I have a most personal interest in one particular training camper. Left wing Nikita Kashirsky, who skated with the Capitals’ ECHL affiliate in South Carolina […]

Notes from a Subdued Friday After Thursday’s High Drama

Friday at camp offered a striking contrast in atmosphere relative to Thursday. No big-news presser, no buzz over a free agent’s hat trick from a game the night before, and when Gabby met the media near 2:00 there was only the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera and yours truly there with questions for the coach. The exchange lasted all of about 5 minutes.

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Class at Kettler Today: How To Throw Down!

It’s a time-honored, important, and endearing tradition: the veteran professional athlete taking the time to mentor his junior counterpart in preseason, imparting . . . successful business practices. To show him the ropes a bit. This morning in the immediate aftermath of the first camp skate of the day Capitals’ enforcer D.J. King gave 21-year-old […]

Debut of the Ewell Cup

There were actually two sets of fierce competition out of the ice at KCI yesterday. The Duchesne Cup was decided during Tuesday’s lunch hour, but that was followed by the main event: the inaugural Ewell Cup, named for the host of the annual media skate, Capitals’ Vice President of Communications, Nate Ewell. WNST’s Ed Frankovic […]