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USA Hockey trains at Kettler


USA Hockey trains at Kettler

By Ben Raby

Forty-two of the countrys best underage prospects will train at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in the coming days, as the Caps practice facility hosts the United States Under-17 and Under-18 Select Teams from July 31-Aug. 1 and from Aug.5-7.

The Under-17 team will train today at 5:20 p.m., and tomorrow at 7:40 a.m., before flying to the Czech Republic for the annual Five Nations Tournament (Aug. 7-11).

The Under-18 team, with prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, will practice in Arlington on Aug. 5 (7:50 p.m.), Aug. 6 (8 a.m. & 7:50 p.m.) and Aug. 7 (9:10 a.m.).

The U-18s will then compete in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament considered among the most prestigious events for prospects entering their draft year- from Aug. 12-17 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The U.S. finished in fifth place in last years Ivan Hlinka Tournament but earned a silver medal in 2010. This years 22-man American roster is made up of players from ten different states, including three prospects from California.

Recent Capitals prospects to have competed at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament include Karl Alzner (2005), John Carlson (2007), Marcus Johansson (2007), Dmitry Orlov (2009), Evgeni Kuznetsov (2009), Filip Forsberg (2011) and Tom Wilson (2011).

The complete US Select Team rosters are included below:

2012 U.S. Under-17 Select Team

No. Name Ht (cm) Wt (kg) Birthdate SC Hometown Most Recent Team

1 Chris Birdsall 5-11 (180) 160 (72) 112496 L Glen Rock, N.J. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
30 Eric Schierhorn 6-0 (183) 175 (79) 2996 L Anchorage, Alaska Russell Stover 18U (MWEHL)

2 Jack Dougherty 6-1 (185) 185 (84) 52596 R Cottage Grove, Minn. St. Thomas Academy (Minn.)
3 Keegan Ford 5-9 (175) 180 (82) 53096 L Waunakee, Wis. Waunakee (Wis.) High School
4 Brandon Fortunato 5-9 (175) 150 (68) 6796 L North Hills, N.Y. Long Island Royals (AYHL)
5 Butrus Ghafari 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 7496 L West Bloomfield, Mich. Compuware 16U (Mich.)
6 Robert Nardella 5-8 (173) 155 (70) 42296 L Rosemont, Ill. Chicago Mission 16U
7 Blake Siebenaler 6-1 (185) 175 (79) 22796 R Fort Wayne, Ind. Cleveland Barons 16U
8 Jack Walker 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 73096 L Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School

9 Michael Booth 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 32096 R Cary, Ill. Team Illinois 18U
10 Kyle Connor 6-0 (183) 165 (75) 12996 L Shelby Township, Mich. Belle Tire 16U
11 Ryan Donato 6-0 (183) 180 (82) 4996 L Scituate, Mass. Dexter School (Mass.)
12 Joey Dudek 5-11 (180) 175 (79) 12996 R Auburn, N.H. Pinkerton Academy (N.H.)
14 Shane Gersich 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 71096 L Chaska, Minn. Holy Family Catholic High School (Minn.)
15 Alex Jasiek 5-8 (173) 150 (68) 11796 L St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis Amateur Blues 16U
16 Seamus Malone 5-10 (180) 170 (77) 5696 L Naperville, Ill. Chicago Mission 16U
17 Cullen Munson 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 4496 L Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School
18 Dylan Pavelek 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 11696 R Marysville, Mich. Belle Tire 16U
19 Austin Poganski 6-1 (185) 195 (88) 21696 R St. Cloud, Minn. St. Cloud Cathedral (Minn.)
20 Taylor Vickerman 6-0 (183) 180 (82) 41296 L Kennewick, Wash. Cleveland Barons 16U

2012 U.S. Under-18 Select Team

No. Name Ht (cm) Wt (kg) Birthdate SC Hometown Most Recent Team

1 Thatcher Demko 6-3 (190) 185 (84) 12895 L San Diego, Calif. Omaha Lancers (USHL)
30 Devin Williams 5-11 (180) 160 (72) 103095 L Saginaw, Mich. Erie Otters (OHL)

2 Connor Clifton 6-0 (183) 167 (76) 42895 R Matawan, N.J. New Jersey Hitmen (EJHL)
3 Anthony DeAngelo 5-11 (180) 167 (76) 102495 R Sewell, N.J. Sarnia Sting (OHL)
4 Mike Downing 6-3 (191) 185 (84) 51995 L Canton, Mich. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
5 RJ Gicewicz 6-0 (183) 162 (72) 111395 L Orchard Park, N.Y. Nichols School (N.Y.)
6 Teemu Kivihalme 6-0 (183) 160 (72) 61795 L Savage, Minn. Burnsville (Minn.) High School
7 Parker Reno 6-1 (185) 180 (82) 12095 R Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School
8 Tom Vannelli 6-2 (188) 175 (79) 12695 R Victoria, Minn. Minnetonka (Minn.) High School

9 Justin Bailey 6-3 (190) 170 (77) 7195 R Williamsville, N.Y. Indiana Ice (USHL)
10 Jason Cotton 6-3 (190) 175 (79) 2795 R Parker, Texas Colorado Thunderbirds 16U (CAHA)
11 Adam Erne 6-0 (183) 206 (93) 42095 L New Haven, Conn. Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
12 Gabe Guertler 5-9 (175) 170 (77) 5395 L Plantation, Fla. Fargo Force (USHL)
14 Karson Kuhlman 5-10 (178) 160 (73) 92695 R Cloquet, Minn. Cloquet (Minn.) High School
15 Vinni Lettieri 5-9 (175) 165 (75) 2695 R Minnetonka, Minn. Lincoln Stars (USHL)
16 Jimmy Lodge 6-1 (185) 154 (70) 3595 R Downingtown, Pa. Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
17 Sean Malone 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 43095 L West Seneca, N.Y. Nichols School (N.Y.)
18 Drew Melanson 5-11 (180) 150 (68) 11095 L Paramus, N.J. Delbarton School (N.J.)
19 Trevor Moore 5-8 (173) 165 (75) 33195 L Thousand Oaks, Calif. Tri-City Storm (USHL)
20 Andrew Oglevie 5-9 (175) 160 (73) 21695 R Fullerton, Calif. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
21 Corey Ronan 5-7 (171) 150 (68) 10695 R Franklin, Mass. St. Sebastians School (Mass.)
22 Matt Weis 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 52395 L Madison, N.J. Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

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Game 73 Capitals vs. Stars Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 73 Capitals vs. Stars Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Dallas Stars

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Stars will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Stars game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (41-24-7) take on the Stars (38-27-8) Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena.


The Capitals-Stars game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Stars
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Stars game:

Alex Ovechkin -  Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Travis Boyd - Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Michal Kempny - Jakub Jerabek

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body injury), Alex Chiasson, Brooks Orpik (lower body injury)


The Capitals-Stars game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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Can Pittsburgh's past be a goalie rotation blueprint?


Can Pittsburgh's past be a goalie rotation blueprint?

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”