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Despite a gruesome injury, Caps prospect Madison Bowey says he's 'pretty lucky'

Despite a gruesome injury, Caps prospect Madison Bowey says he's 'pretty lucky'

HERSHEY—Capitals prospect Madison Bowey plans to return to the Hershey Bears’ lineup later this season.

The 21-year-old defenseman suffered a gruesome injury during Wednesday’s game against Syracuse when an opponent’s skate blade sliced into his left ankle. Bowey underwent successful surgery to repair the cut tendon that night in Syracuse.

Although there’s no official timeframe, Bears Coach Troy Mann says he expects the 2013 second rounder to be ready in April. Hershey has seven games that month.

“It was one of those freak accidents,” Bowey told on Saturday. “I was trying to check my opponent, his skate came up and he actually took a stride off my ankle and cut the tendon. It was probably just the force of that push that he had, it was able to cut through the Kevlar socks and also my Bunga pad. It was a shock to most of us.”

Unfortunately for Bowey, the injury and its timing hurts his chances of being recalled to Washington this season. He had been playing well and was on the shortlist of prospects with a solid chance of getting a call-up.


“It's a tough break, for sure,” Bowey said.

Like many other pros, Bowey wears cut resistant Kevlar socks. He also wears Bunga pads on his ankle. But he does not tuck his skate tongue underneath his shin pad, so there was just enough of a gap for his opponent’s skate blade to do some serious damage.

It could have been worse, though.

“If it wasn’t for the Kevlar sock, it would have been right through and he’d be gone six to eight months,” Mann said.

Bowey added: “I’m pretty thankful that it’s just the tendon and that the cut was clean and it was easy for the docs to get in there and get it repaired. So in that sense, I’m pretty lucky that there wasn’t any bone that got hit or any nerve damage.”

Bowey says he has a history of healing faster than other players. And he hopes that will be the case again.

“Probably three months, but I’m a pretty optimistic guy and I heal pretty fast,” he said. “So I’m hoping I can be back earlier than [April] be able to join the guys for a playoff push at the end of the season.”

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How to watch: Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 3

How to watch: Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 3

The Washington Capitals remain undefeated in preseason play, thanks to Tom Wilson's clutch overtime goal and a Nicklas Backstrom bouncing saucer-pass-turned-shot

Saturday night, the Caps will get their first crack at the Carolina Hurricanes, who knocked them out in the first round of the playoffs last season. This game is also the first one that comes after the Caps whittled their roster down after the first round of cuts, which included Caps 2019 draft picks Connor McMichael and Aliaksei Protas.

The Caps will face the Hurricanes in the regular season on October 5 at Capital One Arena in their home opener.


What: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

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

When: Saturday, September, 21, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Hurricanes preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

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

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7


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I Am The Prospect: Capitals' prospect Alex Alexeyev is focused on one goal - making the roster

I Am The Prospect: Capitals' prospect Alex Alexeyev is focused on one goal - making the roster

Alex Alexeyev is the third Washington Capitals' prospect featured in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series. Click here to check out more profiles from I am The Prospect.

Like most prospective NHL players, Alex Alexeyev dreams of the day he gets to lift the Stanley Cup over his head.

“It’s the best league in the world," Alexeyev said. "In childhood, they (are) always dreaming about raising that Stanley Cup. It’s my dream too.”

Standing at 6-foot, 3.5-inches tall, the 19-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, was the Capitals' last pick of the first round in the 2018 NHL Draft.

“He’s an untapped resource," Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said. "I was really impressed with him last year, seeing him for the first time."

Alexeyev's journey to the big leagues began three years ago when he made the move from Russia to North America, earning a spot on the top pair of the Red Deer Rebels' roster in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. It was there in March of this past year that he sustained a "scary" knee injury, almost certainly sidelining him for the time being.

“I was scared and I felt like something (was) definitely wrong with my knee but after some time where I figured out, everyone figured out that it’s not that scary,” Alexeyev said.

Alexeyev rebounded quickly, rehabbing his injury with the Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

“The injuries, it’s too bad, but players do get injured and that’s something that can’t be helped, Capitals assistant general manager, Ross Mahoney said. "But he had a really good first half of the season with the Red Deer and exceptional World Junior Tournament, the under-20 tournament.” 

Since then, Alexeyev was a standout at the Caps' Developmental Camp in June.

“He just looks like he’s at a different level than the rest of the kids both physically and ability to play," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. "He’s big, he’s strong, he’s got a good skill level, he moves the puck well, he seems to have a good attitude a good work ethic, I’m excited to see him in training camp and see his progression here as the year goes on.

With the loss of Capitals' veteran defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, Alexeyev is focused on making the Caps' 2019-20 roster.

“Alex is a really intelligent player," Mahoney said. "I think he’s got great vision on the ice. He has that ability also to be very patient with the puck.”