If you needed proof that the hockey season is finally here, we’ve got it. The Capitals released their training camp schedule and roster on Wednesday as the team prepares to defend the Stanley Cup.

The team’s roster is currently set at 60 players with 35 forwards, 18 defensemen and seven goalies. The team did not extend any PTOs this year. That roster will eventually be whittled down to the 23-player maximum and the $y79.5 million salary cap ceiling allowed for the regular season.

Per usual, the roster has been divided into three groups: Group White, Group Red and Group Blue. Each group will practice separately until the roster is cut down to a size more manageable for a single practice.

Players will report on Thursday for physicals and testing with no media availability. They will then take to the ice on Friday for the first day of practice.

Here is the full rosters and practice schedule, per the team:

Here is the group roster:

2018 Capitals Training Camp Schedule:

Thurs. Sept. 13: NHL players physicals/testing

Fri. Sept. 14: Media day

  • 9:30-10am: Group White skate test
  • 10:05-10:45am: Group White practice
  • 11:10-11:30am: Group Red skate test
  • 11:45am-12:25pm: Group Red practice
  • 12:50-1:10pm: Group Blue skate test
  • 1:25-2:05pm: Group Blue practice


Sat. Sept. 15:

  • 9:30-11am: Group Blue practice
  • 11am-12:30pm: Group White practice
  • 12:30-2pm: Group Red practice


Sun. Sept. 16:

  • 9-9:30am: Group Red practice
  • 9-9:30am: Group Blue practice
  • 9:45-10:45am: Group Red and Blue scrimmage
  • 1pm: Washington at Boston preseason game


Mon. Sept. 17:

  • 9:30am-11am: Group Blue practice
  • 11:30am-12:45pm: Group White practice
  • 12:50-2:15pm: Group Red practice


Tues. Sept. 18:

  • 10:15-11am: Morning skate
  • 11:30am-1:15pm: Group Red and Blue scrimmage
  • 7pm: Washington vs. Boston preseason game


Wed. Sept. 19: Day off

The groups and schedule will readjust Sept. 19 meaning you should expect the first round of significant cuts by that day. It should also be noted that while Group Red and Blue will be scrimmaging on the days of the team’s two preseason games, that does not necessarily mean the Group White roster will be the team’s roster for those preseason games. The lineups from those two games will likely take players from all three groups depending on who head coach Todd Reirden wants to see that night.