Cool Hot Lunch
It’s hot as blazes outside right now, but lunch here today was cool in every sense of the word. I sat in the stands at the rink here in Arlington and watched hockey while I dined.
Four of this week’s rookie camp attendees got into town early (well, three of them did. Stephen Werner lives locally) and took to the ice Monday afternoon for an informal session of skating and drills under the watchful eye of Caps bench boss Glen Hanlon.
The four players come from four different nations. Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom, Finland’s Sami Lepisto and Russia’s Viktor Dovgan joined Werner here on the ice surface at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Many more kids will be hitting town and then the ice between now and Wednesday when camp hits full stride.
Not only were the four Caps hopefuls skating a rink newly adorned with the team’s new logo, they’re wearing the team’s new practice jerseys and new red, white and blue gloves.
I’m guessing a lot of folks are going to be taking long lunches or playing hooky altogether later this week when Washington’s summer development camp proper starts. The roster will be released in the next day or so, but the preliminary list contains 42 names. There are usually a few late additions/deletions, but I can safely say that this year’s summer development camp roster is the most impressive group I’ve seen in my years here.
Hope to see new and familiar faces alike here at the ’Plex later in the week.