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Chandler Stephenson will spend his day with the Stanley Cup in Humboldt

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Chandler Stephenson will spend his day with the Stanley Cup in Humboldt

The Stanley Cup will travel with each Capital player this summer making stops around the world along the way, but few stops will be as meaningful as the one it will take with Chandler Stephenson.

Stephenson, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, intends to spend his day with the Stanley Cup in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

The hockey world was stunned in April with news of a devastating bus crash involving the junior hockey team Humboldt Broncos. A total of 16 people were killed and 13 injured when a truck crashed into the bus carrying the team.

Saskatoon is only about 90 minutes away from Humboldt and Stephenson felt a personal connection to the tragedy.

"I knew a couple of guys on the bus," Stephenson told reporters after Thursday's game.

Every player on a Stanley Cup winning team gets to spend a day with the Cup. To help with the healing process, Stephenson has pledged to bring the Cup to Humboldt. He spoke further about his plans at the team's final media availability on Wednesday.

"That's obviously something that I've been wanting to do and something that's special and close to home for me," he said. "Yeah, it's something that I'm looking forward to."

The crash deeply affected the entire hockey community. "Humboldt Strong" became a rallying cry as did "Sticks out for Humboldt" as sticks were left out all across North America in honor of the victims.

For a tragedy that was felt across the hockey community, it seems fitting that as part of the healing process the Stanley Cup be brought to Humboldt for the victims and their families to enjoy.

Said Stephenson, "When the day comes and the people and family and friends there, it's going to be special."

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Capitals release 34-player roster for Phase 3 training camp

Capitals release 34-player roster for Phase 3 training camp

The Capitals released a 34-player training camp roster on Sunday for Phase 3 of the NHL's return to play plan. Training camp begins on Monday. The roster consists of 20 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goalies.

No notable names appear to be missing from the roster so presumably, no one has informed the team if they intend to opt-out of the postseason. The deadline to do so is 5 p.m. on Monday.

In addition to the regular NHL players, this roster includes a number of notable black aces: Forwards Shane Gersich, Philippe Maillet, Beck Malenstyn, Connor McMichael, Brian Pinho, Daniel Sprong, defensemen Alex Alexeyev, Martin Fehervary, Tyler Lewington and goalies Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek.

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For Phase 3, teams are limited to 30 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies. That number will have to be trimmed down to 28 skaters and 31 total players when the team departs for the hub city of Toronto.

The team has been divided into two squads for training camp with the first practice starting at 10:50 a.m. on Monday. All practices are closed to the public.

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Will another Steven Stamkos injury put him in jeopardy to play the Capitals?

Will another Steven Stamkos injury put him in jeopardy to play the Capitals?

Tampa Bay Lightning player Steven Stamkos is a superstar, but has not had great injury luck over the course of his career. Bad luck has sprung up again for the Lightning captain as he suffered a lower-body injury during the team's Phase 2 voluntary workouts and will be limited at the start of training camp.

General manager Julien BriseBois told reporters Saturday that Stamkos is expected to be ready for the return of the season.

"We don't have a specific timeline for when he will be a full participant in camp," BriseBois said. "But we expect he will be ready in time for games."

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Tampa Bay will begin its postseason in a round robin tournament against the top seeds in the East. Their first game will be Aug. 3 against the Capitals.

Stamkos underwent core muscle surgery on March 2. The recovery timeline was six to eight weeks which he has clearly passed and it is believed this new injury is not related. Still, this will be a tough blow for Stamkos who will now have to be limited at the start of camp after missing the last seven games before the season was paused.

Washington was a perfect 3-0-0 against the Lightning this season. While Stamkos is expected to be ready for games, this is an injury the bears watching, especially if it drags further and further into camp.

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