Some of the top players in the world will make Washington their temporary home next September when Kettler Capitals Iceplex and Verizon Center will host Team USA, Team Sweden, Team Finland and Team Europe prior to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
The four teams will conduct pre-tournament practices at Kettler, along with a pair of exhibition games at Verizon Center on Sept. 13 and 14. Team USA will face Team Finland on Sept. 13 and Team Sweden will face Team Europe on Sept. 14, both at Verizon Center.
The World Cup of Hockey will take place in Toronto, where eight teams comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship. It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in the tournament.
All Washington Capitals full-season account members who have renewed their full-season plans for the 2016-17 season will have the first opportunity to buy ticket packages for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey exhibition games. Information regarding availability, pricing and seat locations will be announced at a later date.
Kettler Capitals Iceplex will also host practices for select teams. All practices at Kettler will be free and open to the public. Kettler opened in 2006. The 137,000-square-foot facility includes two NHL-size ice rinks with seating for approximately 1,200, office space, two pro shops, a snack bar, media facilities and additional space for special events.
The 20,000-square-foot training center for the Capitals features a large weight and fitness room, extensive athletic-training and medical facilities, spacious locker-room and lounge areas, a theater-style classroom and a high-tech video room.
In 2013, Kettler hosted the United States Olympic Men’s National Team Orientation Camp. It also hosted the U.S. Under-18 Select Team and U.S. Under-17 Select Team on numerous occasions, including in August 2015.