Alex Ovechkin holds court in the locker room. (Photos by Chris Gordon)
Kettler Capitals Iceplex was packed to the brim on Sunday, as the Caps began their abbreviated six-day training camp.
“I guess you could say it’s like the first day of school,” forward Joel Ward said. “You’re wearing your new threads, excited to be with your friends, and a little nervous too — you don’t know exactly what’s going on yet. It was just good to be out there again.”
The entire roster was on the ice, save Brooks Laich and Tom Poti. Laich is nursing a lower-body ailment and is expected to miss the first week or two of the season, while Poti scored for the Hershey Bears as he tries to make a comeback in the NHL after missing the last two years because of nagging injuries. In other news, former/new Cap Eric Fehr skated for the first time since signing a one-year, $600,000 deal.
Take a look at my photos from the day.
Roman Hamrlik skates during a drill.
Eric Fehr appears happy to be back in Arlington.
Troy Brouwer receives the puck.
Hamrlik waits for a pass.
New head coach Adam Oates looks on.
Goalie coach Dave Prior instructs Braden Holtby.
Oates gets ready to blow the whistle.
The media gets their shots.
Fans watch the action at Kettler.
Eric Fehr: still happy to be back.
Brooks Laich speaks to the media.
Oates laughs as he answers a question from a reporter.