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Iafrate, Stephenson break first rule of camp

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Iafrate, Stephenson break first rule of camp

Before they hit the ice for a week of development camp, new Capitals coach Adam Oates advised his players to play hard between the whistles, but to refrain from dropping the gloves.

But when left wing Chandler Stephenson cross-checked defenseman Max Iafrate at the end of Thursdays scrimmage, the two decided to settle the score with their fists.

He kind of hit me after I shot the puck down the ice and then he cross-checked me, said Iafrate, who seemed to get the better of the fight. Its bound to happen when you get under someones skin.

Fighting is in the blood lines of both players. Iafrates dad, former Capitals defenseman Al Iafrate, piled up 1,301 penalty minutes in his 12-year career. Stephensons cousin, Joey Kocur, had 2,519 penalty minutes in his 14-year career.

Max Iafrate, who recorded 97 penalty minutes with Kitchener of the OHL last season, said he was aware of Oates rules, but said its tough to resist when youre adrenaline gets going.

Oates made it clear its not something he wants to see again before the camp ends on Saturday.

I did talk to the guys. I really dont want that, Oates said. Were all here under the Capitals umbrella. I know you want to show your stuff and theres plenty of time for that down the road. But they still get frustrated at times and I understand that as well.

Iafrate said hes had a good camp so far, saying he feels more explosive now that he dropped his playing weight from 208 pounds to 199.

Id like to drop another five, he said. Bulk is overrated. Its the quality of muscle and how explosive you are that matters. Im able to break away from guys now and I couldnt do that before.

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Ted Leonsis reflects on Capitals' induction to D.C. Sports Hall of Fame

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Ted Leonsis reflects on Capitals' induction to D.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Click "play" in the embedded podcast to listen to the Capitals Talk Podcast interview with Ted Leonsis and click here to subscribe to the podcast.

Just as the party seems to be ending, the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are finding new ways to celebrate.

Sunday at Nationals Park, the Caps were honored with the "team of distinction" award in the D.C. sports hall of fame, the first-ever award of its kind.

“I think it just shows how this team connected with the fans and as many people have noted, this is one of the most divided cities in the world," Caps majority owner and president of Monumental Sports, Ted Leonsis said to Rob Carlin on the Capitals Talk podcast. "People can’t agree on anything, but they agreed on how much they loved, and how much fun they had and how proud they were that we won the Stanley Cup."

Founded in 1980, the D.C. sports hall of fame honors athletes, sports journalists and executives each year for excellence in D.C. sports. 2019 was the first time an entire team was formally recognized, fitting for the first-ever Stanley Cup championship in D.C.

"It [the honor] is a good capstone on that run," Leonsis said.

Listen to the full episode linked below.

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Stanley Cup champion Capitals headline group of 2019 inductees in to Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame

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Stanley Cup champion Capitals headline group of 2019 inductees in to Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame

Before first pitch against the Braves on Sunday, the Washington Nationals yielded the field for a celebration as the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame inducted 11 members to the 2019 class.

The class includes D.C. legends from sports such as football, basketball and soccer. The Hall of Fame created a new category to honor a "Team of Distinction." It is no surprise that the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions are the first to receive this honor. 

The full list of honorees are:

  • Andrew Beyer – covered horse racing for the Washington Post for four decades, created the Beyer Speed Figure
  • Tom Brown – two-sport professional athlete, played with the Washington Senators and Washington Redskins
  • Sasho Cirovski – winningest coach in U. of Maryland men’s soccer history, three-time NCAA champion
  • Tom Dolan – two-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer (1996 and 2000) and former world record holder
  • Danny Ferry – men’s basketball national player of the year at DeMatha Catholic High School and Duke University
  • Ray Flaherty (1903-1994) – first head coach of the Washington Redskins, two-time NFL champion
  • Charles Mann – two-time NFL Super Bowl champion during 11 seasons with the Washington Redskins
  • Kevin Payne – first president and CEO of DC United and four-time MLS Cup champion
  • Cathy Reese – three-time coach of the year with U. of Maryland women’s lacrosse, 12-time NCAA champion
  • Allie Ritzenberg (1918-2018) – fixture of D.C.’s tennis community for nearly eight decades
  • 2017-18 Washington Capitals – 2018 Stanley Cup champions, brought first NHL title to D.C.

The Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1980 and honors over 100 members of D.C. sports from athletes, sports journalists and executives.

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