The NHL will be entering its centennial year in 2017 and Tuesday, Gary Bettman announced their centennial ambassador: Wayne Gretzky.
During a long introductory press conference with reporters in Toronto, Gretzky spoke on a wide range of topics and then Alex Ovechkin got brought up.
The Washington Capitals are auctioning off a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a small and somewhat insignificant coaching decision during a meaningless exhibition game. During the Capitals final preseason tilt of the fall, one fan — hopefully a Caps fan — can “determine the starting lineup and announce the starters to the team” in the Verizon Center locker room.
The winning bidder will also receive four glass-side seats. That’s perfect so the fan and their closest friends can see how the decision plays out.
Before Barry Trotz became head coach of the Washington Capitals, he spent 17 years in Nashville as the bench boss of the Predators. During that time, Trotz not only became the face of the Predators’ franchise, but also an integral part of the Nashville community. One big reason for that is Barry’s son Nolan.
Trotz’s teenage son has down syndrome and during his time in Nashville, Trotz cultivated a strong relationship with Best Buddies in Tennessee. Now he’s looking to have an even bigger impact with the Washington Capital Region chapter.
The Capitals’ popular Casino Night fundraiser is back for 2016 and tickets are now available, the team announced today in a press release.
The 2016 Casino Night will take place Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. Tickets are on sale now: $250 for MVP tickets gets you food, beverages, access to the casino floor, live and silence auctions, and a raffle; $450 for VIP tickets gets you into an hourlong reception with the whole team before the event officially kicks off.
All the funds raised will benefit MSE Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Washington Capitals.
Tonight is the Caps’ first game of the 2016-17 season, a preseason tilt at Verizon Center against the Carolina Hurricanes.
One new wrinkle the Caps just unveiled for this season is that pucks from warm-ups will be sold during games. Now if Ovi doesn’t toss you that puck you so desperately wanted, you can buy it yourself.
On Monday, former Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski was placed on injured reserve by the New York Islanders and the news isn’t great.
Following a successful 2013-14 campaign as the Caps’ elusive second-line center, Grabovski chose to sign a four-year, $20 million contract with the New York Islanders. Grabovski was concussed twice last season bringing his concussion total to three during his tenure with the Isles.
Grabovski failed his physical last Friday. On Monday, he was placed on IR retroactive to March 16 of last season. Since Grabovski isn’t even cleared to skate, his recovery seems far from imminent.
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky scored 14 goals after New Years last season in 45 games, good for nearly 30 goals at an 82 game pace. He did this all without being a regular on the power play and playing just over 14 minutes a game. Now he’s likely got get a renewed chance at racking up points on the man-advantage. Last season only one of his 17 goals came on the power play. He finished second in even-strength goals, behind only 50-goal scorer and Rocket Richard winner Alex Ovechkin.
Burakovsky, 21, started the season on the power play, but lost his spot to Jason Chimera, who had four PP goals and five PP assists, after 14 games due a poor start, which included time in the press box. In Burakovsky’s first 32 games of the 2015-16 campaign, he had just two goals and six assists.
“In the beginning you just want to do everything so properly and the right way,” Burakovsky said of first full season in the NHL. “[I] was trying to bring everything full speed. Sometimes you just slow down the game and think a little bit more than you act. That was kinda what I did at the end [of last season] there. When I had the puck I felt more comfortable. I could hold it a little bit more and find an open lane for my teammates. I think it worked out pretty good for me.”
The Washington Capitals had nine players participate in the World Cup of Hockey, including both of their goaltenders, Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer, whose touranment teams will be battling it out in the WCH finals. Monday, the Washington Capitals will play their first preseason game of the 2016-17 season against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Their line-up will be sparse on veteran talent.
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