ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will begin their 2017-18 Training Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Friday, Sept. 15, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Training camp will last 20 days with the NHL regular season beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 4. This marks the Capitals’ 11th training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Metro-accessible, inside-the-Beltway practice facility that features two NHL-sized rinks. All on-ice sessions, like every Capitals practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, will be open to the public and free of charge.
The training camp roster will be broken up into three squads (Teams Red, White, Blue) and their schedules will vary. Players will be available to the media at the conclusion of their on-and off-ice sessions (approximate times are listed below). Those media members seeking specific players should check with the Capitals media relations department in advance for the best time to gain access to individuals as it will likely change daily. Head coach Barry Trotz will be made available to the media following the final on-ice session of each day. All Capitals practice sessions are open to approved members of the media.
The Capitals complete training camp roster and schedule is attached and listed below. The roster must be trimmed to 23 players by Tuesday, Oct. 3. Unlike other professional sports, there is no mandatory schedule for making roster cuts.
Similar to previous years, Kettler Capitals Iceplex will be closed to the media on Thursday, Sept. 14 - the day Capitals veterans conduct physicals and off-ice testing. The Capitals will hold Media Day on Sept. 15. All Capitals players, coaches and management will be available to the media. There are three practice sessions scheduled that day (Group White at 9:30 a.m., Group Red at 11 a.m. and Group Blue at 12:30 p.m.). Players will be available to the media at the conclusion of their on-and off-ice sessions.
Please contact Megan Eichenberg in the Capitals PR department to confirm your Media Day attendance by 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept, 14.
Friday, Sept. 15 Capitals Media Day
Practice: Media availability:
9:30 a.m. Group White 12:30 p.m.
11 a.m. Group Red 2 p.m.
12:30 p.m. Group Blue 3:30 p.m.
Alex Ovechkin 12:30 p.m.
. TJ Oshie 12:45 p.m.
Nicklas Backstrom 2 p.m.
Braden Holtby 2:15 p.m.
John Carlson 3:30 p.m.
Evgeny Kuznetsov 3:45 p.m.
Head coach Barry Trotz 4 p.m.
General manager Brian MacLellan 4:15 p.m.
For the training camp roster, please click here, and for the training camp schedule, click here.