Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Matthew Tate on 09/13/11 at 01:45 PM ET
Finally we are coming down the homestretch of a long summer. With the start of the NHL season just a few weeks away, I wanted to let Caps fans out there know what the team has going on in the next couple of weeks.
Rookie Camp (Ongoing): The rookies have been at Kettler all week, but there are still a couple of opportunities to see the kids in actions. Tomorrow will be the end-of-camp scrimmage starting at 11:45 a.m. This will mark the lone rookie camp activity I will attend. If you can make it, I suggest doing it. Rookies worth watching include Cody Eakin, Dmitry Orlov, and Mattias Sjogren (who has a decent shot at cracking the opening-day roster).
Rookie Flyers Game (September 15): This has become an annual event over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, this year it will be played in Philadelphia. If for some reason you find yourself in Philly on Thursday with free time, the game starts at 5 pm at the Wells Fargo Center.
Training Camp (Starts September 17): Finally the team officially hits the ice for training camp. The players have been split into 3 groups and will hold various practices and scrimmages until early next week. If you are interested you can find the official roster and schedule here. It is important to note that teams for training camp are not concrete and will see some changes throughout the days. I expect to see a large crowd at Kettler on Saturday so it should be a great time to come out and see the guys prepare for the new season as well as interact with fellow Caps fans.
Baltimore Hockey Classic (September 20): Professional hockey returns to Charm City as the Caps take on the Nashville Predators in a preseason game. The game will be played at 1st Mariner Arena and tickets are limited so don’t wait if you want to go. No word yet as to who the Capitals will dress in that game but it should be a blast.
1st Annual Capitals Alumni Game (September 23): As excited as I am for the return of hockey, this event probably has me the most excited. It will be pretty cool watching the likes of Bondra and Gartner don the jersey once again. Last week Langway and Laughlin got to draft their respective teams. You can check out each roster here. Tickets are still on sale. The prices are $10 for Convention ticket holders and $20 for non Convention ticket holders. There has been some confusion so remember the game will be played at Kettler IcePlex at 7 p.m. so take off work early.
Capitals Convention (September 24): This is the second year for CapsCon and will be my first time attending. It should be a great day with numerous Caps on hand for autographs as well as running some different panels. The remaining tickets are limited so I suggest getting your ticket now if you have not previously done so.
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