Andre Burakovsky during last year’s rookie game. (Photo: Chris Gordon)
Preparation for 2014-15 NHL season begins this week as rookie camps kick off around the league. Capitals’ camp will start today, and will end next Tuesday with a 3PM rookie game that has been held every (non-lockout-shortened) year since the Caps’ re-build.
Ah, autumn. The air is cooling. The leaves are changing. The kids are back at school, getting yolo with their baes, lest they feel fomo, or so I’m told.
And the Capitals are gearing up for actual hockey! On Wednesday the Caps shared their schedule for rookie camp. For five days, promising young players will have their mettle tested by saturnine men in red jackets. Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana will be there. Many will enter, few will win.
The best of the best from rookie camp will stick around for training camp, which will begin on Friday, September 19.
All practices are open to the public, so get yourself to Kettler Capitals Iceplex and save Chris Gordon a seat.
Here's Nikita as a sophomore when he played for the Norwich Cadets.
Photo by David Albers of naplenews.com
Here at RMNB, we love to write a lot about Alex Ovechkin, Semyon Varlamov, Alex Semin, Dmitri Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Stanislav Galiev, and Dmitri Kugryshev (did I forget anyone?), but we’ve overlooked the 8th (and the least-known) Russian in the Caps system, Nikita Kashirsky. Now that he has been officially invited to rookie camp to form another awesome trio of Russians, we’ll fix that immediately.
Kashirsky, 24, is a Muscovite (just like me Ovi). As a kid, he started playing hockey at Dynamo and was a left winger. In the past, when Ovechkin was asked about who his favorite line-mates were at the Dynamo school, Kashirsky’s was one of the first names he always mentioned.
“We grew up together,” Kashirsky said of his relationship with The Great 8 in an interview with Corey Masisak last year. “We played in Dynamo since we were 8 years old. We’ve been friends since then, I guess. We became really good friends around the age of 14 or 15. Since then we’ve always been really close. We come to each other’s house, spend the weekends and stuff. We’ve been like brothers since that time.”