2017-18 Washington Capitals Media Policies
The Washington Capitals media relations staff works to provide information about the team and access to players, coaches and management in a timely manner for members of the media. Listed below are our 2017-18 media policies so that you can re-familiarize yourselves with our procedures and guidelines as you cover the team this season. Thank you for your continued coverage and we look forward to working with you this season.
MEDIA ACCESS AND INTERVIEWS
The media has access to all team practices at all practice facilities, including game-day skates, in accordance with the NHL Media Regulations. The media is allowed to enter the team locker room five minutes after the first regular player who has participated in the entire practice leaves the ice. In the event of a team meeting, the media will be allowed access immediately following the conclusion of the meeting. The locker room is closed to the media prior to and during practice.
Per NHL Media Regulations, media access at Kettler Capitals Iceplex is limited to the team’s main locker room and the entrance to the locker room. All other areas of the training center are off limits to media. Capitals game-day skates are typically held at 10 a.m. at Kettler.
The Capitals locker room is closed prior to game time, although requested players will be made available during a 30-minute window beginning two hours prior to faceoff, with priority given to broadcast rightsholders. Television networks, including rightsholders, requesting pregame interviews with a player are asked to request these times prior to or during the morning skate.
Head Coach Barry Trotz Pregame Media Availability
Head coach Barry Trotz is available to the media following all morning skates at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Those media members who are unable to attend that day’s morning skate and wish to interview Trotz at Capital One Arena must contact Capitals vice president of communications Sergey Kocharov prior to or during the morning skate to arrange a time to meet with Trotz before the game.
The Capitals locker room will be open to working media five minutes after the conclusion of the game. Head coach Barry Trotz’s press conference will follow approximately 15 minutes after the game in the Interview Room. If the media wishes to interview a player who is not present in the locker room, contact a Capitals media relations representative who will locate the player.
All outlets are prohibited by the National Hockey League from shooting game footage of any Capitals game being played at Capital One Arena. Television and online outlets are welcome to shoot Capitals practices, but are restricted to broadcasting five minutes of on-ice video content from any one practice. There is no limit to the length of interviews that local television outlets may broadcast. Please note that all media members (except for rightsholders and local television affiliates) are prohibited from shooting video or still photography of post-game player interviews in the Capitals locker room.
Players’ Personal Telephone Numbers
At no time will a player’s home or mobile phone number be released to either the media or the public unless the player specifically authorizes such release. Members of the media attempting to reach players must do so through the Capitals media relations staff; failure to do so, regardless of a media member's existing relationship with a player, may result in forfeiture of credentials.
Team Medical Rooms
Team medical rooms located at Capital One Arena, Kettler Capitals Iceplex or any other practice facility are off limits to the media at all times.
CREDENTIALS & MEDIA SERVICES
Credentials are issued to media who cover the Capitals both seasonally and on a game-by-game basis and are required for admission to the media areas at both Capital One Arena and Kettler Capitals Iceplex. All credentials must include the bearer’s name and affiliation and are non-transferable.
Season credentials: All season credentials are issued prior to the season. Season credentials do not guarantee a seat in the press box; credential holders must contact Capitals manager of communications and publicity Megan Eichenberg by 2 p.m. the day prior to a game in order to reserve seating.
Media who do not have a season credential may apply for single-game credentials. These requests must be directed to Capitals manager of communications and publicity Megan Eichenberg and received no later than 2 p.m. the day prior to a game. The credential is good only for the game printed on the tag and must be displayed to Capital One Arena security personnel to gain entry to restricted media areas.
All Capitals practice sessions are open to approved members of the media.
Non-North American media outlets are required to request media credentials through the National Hockey League by contacting David Keon.
Capitals media credentials are issued to print, television, radio and online media outlets that adhere to professional standards, regularly produce quality content and have a demonstrated audience. Space limitations may impact the decision to grant credentials. The final decision on all applications for media credentials rests with the Capitals media relations staff; we reserve the right to revoke media credentials at any time.
Accredited members of the media who would like to receive Capitals news releases via e-mail should contact a member of the media relations staff with an e-mail address. Among our releases is “Caps Today,” sent daily during the season, which includes an updated practice schedule, recent transactions and the top storyline of the day.
The Capitals regularly post updated audio files in mp3 format on their website, CapitalsToday.com and on twitter.com/CapitalsPR. Radio stations, websites and other media are welcome to utilize these audio clips.
Media who would like to receive updates on practice times and other breaking news via Twitter or text message can sign up for the team’s media Twitter feed at twitter.com/CapitalsPR. The team also maintains a general Twitter feed at twitter.com/Capitals.
The NHL’s password-protected media site includes statistics, press releases, game notes, credential applications and pdf files of every team’s media guide. To access the site, visit http://media.nhl.com.
MEDIA FACILITIES CAPITAL ONE ARENA
The media entrance to Capital One Arena is located between 6th Street and F Street. Credentials to Capitals games may be picked up at the media entrance, which is open from three hours prior to game time until the midway point of the first period. All media must show a photo ID and are subject to a security search. Media attending home morning skates and games will no longer be able to access the event level through stairwell one; all entry to the building must now go through security control (located on 6 th street between F & G).
Press Work Area and Press Lounge
The new press work area and press lounge are located on the Event Level (ice level). The press lounge is located directly adjacent to the media work area directly next to stairwell one. Meals are served buffet style, catered by Aramark, two hours prior to game time and media members will be charged $10 per meal (receipts provided). All food must be consumed in the press lounge and may not be taken to the press box. The press work area is located in the same room adjacent to the press lounge. There are reserved seats for beat media and additional work spaces with telephones and wireless Internet access.
The press box is on the sixth floor of Capital One Arena on the penalty box side of the ice. Seats are on an assigned basis only. Please check the seating charts in the press room or press box, or check with the press box attendant for your seat assignment. The press box features wireless Internet access. In order to ensure seating in the press box, it is necessary for all media to notify the Capitals media relations staff of their attendance by 2 p.m. the day prior to the game. If you do not have an assigned seat, please check with a member of the media relations staff.
Media parking at Capital One Arena is extremely limited and assigned prior to the season. There are numerous lots within walking distance of Capital One Arena, and the arena is adjacent to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station. Gallery Place can be reached on the Red, Yellow and Green lines. It is also one stop away from Metro Center, which provides service to the Blue and Orange lines.
Capital One Arena has a limited number of photo positions. All photo positions will be assigned prior to the game by team photographer Patrick McDermott. Daily print and wire services receive priority for the prime positions. Freelance photographers will not receive credentials; all photographers must be on assignment. Still photographers must receive permission in advance from a member of the media relations staff for postgame admission to the Capitals locker room.
MEDIA FACILITIES KETTLER CAPITALS ICEPLEX
Kettler Capitals Iceplex features a media work room adjacent to the ice, near the entrance of the Capitals locker room. The work room features Ethernet cables and complimentary wireless Internet access.