Although training camp doesn’t begin for 10 days, the Capitals had a nearly full house at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for Tuesday morning’s informal practice, which featured a mixture of stars, role players and prospects.
Here’s who was here:
Red—Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Backstrom, Oshie, Connolly and Wilson.
White—Vrana, Peluso, Walker and Gustafsson.
Defense—Niskanen, Orpik, Orlov, Carlson, Chorney, Djoos, Siegenthaler, Hobbs and Johansen.
Goalies—Holtby, Grubauer and Vanecek.
The informal sessions, which are run by strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, have going on for several weeks now. Tuesday’s attendance, though, was by far the best—and a sure sign that hockey is just around the corner.
The skates are scheduled to continue through Sept. 12. Players are slated to report for physicals and testing on Sept. 14, with on-ice sessions set to begin the following day.