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USA Hockey trains at Kettler

By Ben Raby
CSNWashington.com

Forty-two of the countrys best underage prospects will train at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in the coming days, as the Caps practice facility hosts the United States Under-17 and Under-18 Select Teams from July 31-Aug. 1 and from Aug.5-7.

The Under-17 team will train today at 5:20 p.m., and tomorrow at 7:40 a.m., before flying to the Czech Republic for the annual Five Nations Tournament (Aug. 7-11).

The Under-18 team, with prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, will practice in Arlington on Aug. 5 (7:50 p.m.), Aug. 6 (8 a.m. & 7:50 p.m.) and Aug. 7 (9:10 a.m.).

The U-18s will then compete in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament considered among the most prestigious events for prospects entering their draft year- from Aug. 12-17 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The U.S. finished in fifth place in last years Ivan Hlinka Tournament but earned a silver medal in 2010. This years 22-man American roster is made up of players from ten different states, including three prospects from California.

Recent Capitals prospects to have competed at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament include Karl Alzner (2005), John Carlson (2007), Marcus Johansson (2007), Dmitry Orlov (2009), Evgeni Kuznetsov (2009), Filip Forsberg (2011) and Tom Wilson (2011).

The complete US Select Team rosters are included below:

2012 U.S. Under-17 Select Team

No. Name Ht (cm) Wt (kg) Birthdate SC Hometown Most Recent Team

GOALTENDERS (2)
1 Chris Birdsall 5-11 (180) 160 (72) 112496 L Glen Rock, N.J. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
30 Eric Schierhorn 6-0 (183) 175 (79) 2996 L Anchorage, Alaska Russell Stover 18U (MWEHL)

DEFENSEMEN (7)
2 Jack Dougherty 6-1 (185) 185 (84) 52596 R Cottage Grove, Minn. St. Thomas Academy (Minn.)
3 Keegan Ford 5-9 (175) 180 (82) 53096 L Waunakee, Wis. Waunakee (Wis.) High School
4 Brandon Fortunato 5-9 (175) 150 (68) 6796 L North Hills, N.Y. Long Island Royals (AYHL)
5 Butrus Ghafari 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 7496 L West Bloomfield, Mich. Compuware 16U (Mich.)
6 Robert Nardella 5-8 (173) 155 (70) 42296 L Rosemont, Ill. Chicago Mission 16U
7 Blake Siebenaler 6-1 (185) 175 (79) 22796 R Fort Wayne, Ind. Cleveland Barons 16U
8 Jack Walker 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 73096 L Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School

FORWARDS (11)
9 Michael Booth 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 32096 R Cary, Ill. Team Illinois 18U
10 Kyle Connor 6-0 (183) 165 (75) 12996 L Shelby Township, Mich. Belle Tire 16U
11 Ryan Donato 6-0 (183) 180 (82) 4996 L Scituate, Mass. Dexter School (Mass.)
12 Joey Dudek 5-11 (180) 175 (79) 12996 R Auburn, N.H. Pinkerton Academy (N.H.)
14 Shane Gersich 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 71096 L Chaska, Minn. Holy Family Catholic High School (Minn.)
15 Alex Jasiek 5-8 (173) 150 (68) 11796 L St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis Amateur Blues 16U
16 Seamus Malone 5-10 (180) 170 (77) 5696 L Naperville, Ill. Chicago Mission 16U
17 Cullen Munson 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 4496 L Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School
18 Dylan Pavelek 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 11696 R Marysville, Mich. Belle Tire 16U
19 Austin Poganski 6-1 (185) 195 (88) 21696 R St. Cloud, Minn. St. Cloud Cathedral (Minn.)
20 Taylor Vickerman 6-0 (183) 180 (82) 41296 L Kennewick, Wash. Cleveland Barons 16U

2012 U.S. Under-18 Select Team

No. Name Ht (cm) Wt (kg) Birthdate SC Hometown Most Recent Team

GOALTENDERS (2)
1 Thatcher Demko 6-3 (190) 185 (84) 12895 L San Diego, Calif. Omaha Lancers (USHL)
30 Devin Williams 5-11 (180) 160 (72) 103095 L Saginaw, Mich. Erie Otters (OHL)

DEFENSEMEN (7)
2 Connor Clifton 6-0 (183) 167 (76) 42895 R Matawan, N.J. New Jersey Hitmen (EJHL)
3 Anthony DeAngelo 5-11 (180) 167 (76) 102495 R Sewell, N.J. Sarnia Sting (OHL)
4 Mike Downing 6-3 (191) 185 (84) 51995 L Canton, Mich. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
5 RJ Gicewicz 6-0 (183) 162 (72) 111395 L Orchard Park, N.Y. Nichols School (N.Y.)
6 Teemu Kivihalme 6-0 (183) 160 (72) 61795 L Savage, Minn. Burnsville (Minn.) High School
7 Parker Reno 6-1 (185) 180 (82) 12095 R Edina, Minn. Edina (Minn.) High School
8 Tom Vannelli 6-2 (188) 175 (79) 12695 R Victoria, Minn. Minnetonka (Minn.) High School

FORWARDS (13)
9 Justin Bailey 6-3 (190) 170 (77) 7195 R Williamsville, N.Y. Indiana Ice (USHL)
10 Jason Cotton 6-3 (190) 175 (79) 2795 R Parker, Texas Colorado Thunderbirds 16U (CAHA)
11 Adam Erne 6-0 (183) 206 (93) 42095 L New Haven, Conn. Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
12 Gabe Guertler 5-9 (175) 170 (77) 5395 L Plantation, Fla. Fargo Force (USHL)
14 Karson Kuhlman 5-10 (178) 160 (73) 92695 R Cloquet, Minn. Cloquet (Minn.) High School
15 Vinni Lettieri 5-9 (175) 165 (75) 2695 R Minnetonka, Minn. Lincoln Stars (USHL)
16 Jimmy Lodge 6-1 (185) 154 (70) 3595 R Downingtown, Pa. Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
17 Sean Malone 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 43095 L West Seneca, N.Y. Nichols School (N.Y.)
18 Drew Melanson 5-11 (180) 150 (68) 11095 L Paramus, N.J. Delbarton School (N.J.)
19 Trevor Moore 5-8 (173) 165 (75) 33195 L Thousand Oaks, Calif. Tri-City Storm (USHL)
20 Andrew Oglevie 5-9 (175) 160 (73) 21695 R Fullerton, Calif. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
21 Corey Ronan 5-7 (171) 150 (68) 10695 R Franklin, Mass. St. Sebastians School (Mass.)
22 Matt Weis 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 52395 L Madison, N.J. Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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