Caps News and Notes

August 20, 2009 | Ed Frankovic

TV Schedule Update from the Caps Media Relations Staff

VERSUS will broadcast seven Washington Capitals games to a national television audience in 2009-10, the network announced today. NBC, which will operate under a flexible schedule for eight of the network’s regular-season dates, has five potential Washington games to pick from.

VERSUS, which will broadcast 54 regular-season NHL games, will feature the Capitals seven times this season starting with Washington’ season-opening visit to Boston on Oct. 1. The network will also broadcast the following games: Oct. 6 at Philadelphia, Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 17 at the New York Rangers, March 8 vs. Dallas, April 5 vs. Boston and April 6 at Pittsburgh.

In addition to the national broadcasts in the United States, 17 Capitals games will be televised nationally in Canada. CBC will televise five Capitals games: Oct. 3 vs. Toronto, Nov. 21 at Toronto, Nov. 28 at Montreal, Dec. 12 at Toronto and Dec. 19 at Edmonton. TSN will televise eight Washington games: Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 20 vs. Montreal, Dec. 18 at Vancouver, Jan. 7 vs. Ottawa, Jan. 15 vs. Toronto, Feb. 10 at Montreal, Feb. 11 at Ottawa and April 5 vs. Boston. TSN2 will televise four games: Oct. 6 at Philadelphia, Nov. 17 at New York Rangers, March 8 vs. Dallas and April 6 at Pittsburgh.

Washington’s local broadcast schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

COMMENT: With an exciting on-ice product led by the Great #8, Alexander Ovechkin, it is not surprising that the Caps will likely be on national TV even more this season.

Bruce Boudreau’s Book Sneak Previews

All of this week our friend JP over at the great Caps site, Japers Rink, has been posting experts from the Bruce Boudreau autobiography (co-written by Hershey Bears beat writer and super nice guy, Tim Leone of the The Patriot News) titled “Gabby – Confessions of a Hockey Lifer” that will be available to the public sometime this fall.  The excerpts have been good but the third installment really hits home as it appears that Boudreau originally was supposed to be on Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Scary stuff. Today’s preview discusses Bruce’s coaching philosophy.

Caps at School Program

The Washington Capitals are bringing the excitement of Caps Hockey to local classrooms with the introduction of Caps at School, a free, online curriculum-enhancing teaching tool for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes. Caps at School is accessible to teachers at and has the potential to be used in every elementary school in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Caps at School was created to provide Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C., elementary school educators with resources that integrate hockey and Washington Capitals players into teaching lessons for math, language, art, health and physical education. This unique program offers engaging, classroom-ready lesson plans that will capture the attention of students and allow classes that complete the lesson plans the opportunity to win Caps prizes.

Students will learn math using NHL most valuable player Alex Ovechkin’s statistics. Capitals captain Chris Clark will help students hone their reading skills, while Matt Bradley will explain creative ways to be environmentally responsible in a fun art activity. Defenseman Mike Green will help teach different ways to become more healthy and active.

Local teachers can enroll their classes for free and start to download lesson plans immediately at

Theodore Family Loses Infant Son

Finally, tonight the world found out some horrible news as Jose Theodore’s two month old son passed away last week. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jose, his wife, and the entire Theodore family.