Yes, you heard that correctly – Free Hockey. The Washington Capitals will be holding their annual development camp at Kettler Ice Plex in Ballston, Virginia starting Monday, July 13th and it will run through Saturday, July 18th. These sessions are open to the public and free of charge!
The camp, which features recent Capitals draft picks, select rookie players, and other prospects include on and off-ice workouts led by Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau and his staff.
The following is from the Caps press release:
Among the confirmed participants are Capitals first-round draft picks Anton Gustafsson (2008), John Carlson (2008) and Joe Finley (2005). Four participants – Francois Bouchard, John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Mathieu Perreault – played for the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears during their run to the 2009 Calder Cup. Six participants were Capitals draft picks in the 2009 Entry Draft.
This is a great chance to see the future of the Caps playing some hockey for free. Last summer I attended a couple of sessions and blogged about it here on WNST.NET and by the way, the Great #8, Alexander Ovechkin, was there watching one day as well. Karl Alzner, Simeon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth, Jay Beagle, Oskar Osala, and Andrew Gordon all participated in last summer’s camp and then played at least one game at the NHL level for Washington last season. For full details please check out the info on the Caps website.