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4 Capitals to play in Da Beauty League summer tournament

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4 Capitals to play in Da Beauty League summer tournament

Just like you, hockey players are trying to fill the void of summer until hockey returns in the fall. To that end, several Caps are headed to play in Da Beauty League starting on Wednesday.

Travis Boyd and Shane Gerich will both participate in this year’s league, as well as Hershey Bears defenseman Aaron Ness. The league indicated newly acquired Nic Dowd will also be playing, though he is not yet listed on the official roster.

In addition, former Caps Taylor Chorney, Matt Hendricks and Nate Schmidt will also be participating as well as former prospect goalie Adam Carlson.

You can see the full roster here.

Da Beauty League is a casual summer league in Minnesota to help professional players prepare for the upcoming season. It will take place from July 11 through Aug. 20.

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Less than a week after signing, Caps prospect Gersich to make NHL debut

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Less than a week after signing, Caps prospect Gersich to make NHL debut

On Wednesday night vs. the Rangers, touted prospect Shane Gersich will make his NHL debut less than a week after leaving college to sing with the Caps.

Gersich is slated to skate on the left side of Washington’s third line with Lars Eller and Devante Smith-Pelly.

Gersich, the Caps’ fifth round pick in 2014, will become the fifth player to make his NHL debut for the Caps this season, joining Nathan Walker, Christian Djoos, Madison Bowey and Travis Boyd.

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Only Djoos remains on the roster.

“Enjoy it. Just play hockey,” Caps Coach Barry Trotz said Wednesday morning, asked what advice he’s given to the rookie.

“Don’t overthink it systematically,” Trotz continued. “Don’t overthink it. Just go out and play and work and don’t get paralyzed by thinking, ‘I can’t make a mistake.’ I want to see him play. It’s a special moment for him and his family.”

Gersich, 21, had an inkling that he was close to getting tapped on Tuesday, based on his linemates in practice.

Following practice, Trotz told him he could call his family and share the good news.

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Dad, Frank, mom, Shar, and older brother, Cade, managed to catch a flight to Washington late Tuesday and will be in attendance Wednesday night at Capital One Arena.

“I’ll try to take a nap this afternoon, but we’ll see,” Gerisch said after the morning skate. “It’s a dream come true for me. It’s a moment I’ve been dreaming about my whole life. It’s nice to have my family in town to enjoy the experience with me.”  

At the University of North Dakota, Gersich posted 43 goals and 34 assists in 117 games. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Caps last Friday and immediately joined the team, burning a year on his deal.  

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Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately

The Caps signed University of North Dakota forward Shane Gersich, a fifth round selection in 2014 and one of the organization’s top prospects, on Friday morning, the team announced.

Gersich, a left shot who is listed at 5-11, 175-pounds, has already joined the team in Montreal, where the Caps play the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

His contract, which begins this season, carries an average annual value of $925,000.

It’s unclear when Gersich will make his NHL debut, but it could happen at some point in the Caps’ final eight games before the playoffs.

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NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.

The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of www.hockeydb.com.

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At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:

Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.

The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.

“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”