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Capitals Announce 2007-08 Season-Opening Roster

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Caps open at Atlanta Friday; home opener set for Saturday vs. Carolina
 
ARLINGTON, Va. – October 3, 2007 – Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee has announced the 23 players who will make up the team’s roster for the season opener at the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, Oct. 5 (plus one player on injured reserve and one non-roster injured player). The home opener is set for Saturday, Oct. 6, against the Carolina Hurricanes.

 
Fourteen forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders make up the Capitals’ season-opening roster, led by goaltender Olie Kolzig, who is entering his 19th season with the organization, second-year captain Chris Clark and two-time first-team NHL All-Star Alex Ovechkin.
 
The team returns its top five goal scorers and top six point producers from last season, as well as its top seven defensemen in games played (including Steve Eminger, who begins the season on injured reserve).
 
Eight players on the roster were not on last year’s opening-night roster, including off-season free-agent additions Viktor Kozlov, Michael Nylander and Tom Poti. Two NHL rookies – Nicklas Backstrom and David Steckel – made the team as well.
 
With Nylander (26 goals last year) and Kozlov (25) joining Ovechkin (46), Alexander Semin (38) and Chris Clark (30), the Capitals are one of three teams that boast five 25-goal scorers from 2006-07 (Carolina and Colorado are the others).
 
Both games this week will be broadcast by Comcast SportsNet and Talk Radio 3WT (107.7 FM, 1500 AM, 820 AM). On Saturday, gates open at Verizon Center at 5:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for a special pregame ceremony.

FORWARDS
# Player Ht. Wt. Shoots Born Birthplace 2006-07 Club(s) League(s)
19 BACKSTROM, Nicklas 6-0 183 Left 11/23/87 Gavle, Sweden Brynas SEL
10 BRADLEY, Matt 6-3 210 Right 6/13/78 Stittsville, Ontario Capitals NHL
87 BRASHEAR, Donald 6-3 239 Left 1/7/72 Bedford, Indiana Capitals NHL
17 CLARK, Chris 6-0 202 Right 3/8/76 South Windsor, Connecticut Capitals NHL
14 FEHR, Eric# 6-4 212 Right 9/7/85 Winkler, Manitoba Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
43 FLEISCHMANN, Tomas 6-1 192 Left 5/16/84 Koprivinice, Czech Republic Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
15 GORDON, Boyd 6-2 201 Right 10/19/83 Unity, Saskatchewan Capitals NHL
25 KOZLOV, Viktor 6-4 224 Right 2/14/75 Togliatti, Russia NY Islanders NHL
21 LAICH, Brooks 6-2 205 Left 6/23/83 Wawota, Saskatchewan Capitals NHL
92 NYLANDER, Michael 6-1 195 Left 10/3/72 Stockholm, Sweden NY Rangers NHL
8 OVECHKIN, Alex 6-2 217 Right 9/17/85 Moscow, Russia Capitals NHL
18 PETTINGER, Matt 6-1 205 Left 10/22/80 Edmonton, Alberta Capitals NHL
28 SEMIN, Alexander 6-2 205 Left 3/3/84 Krasjonarsk, Russia Capitals NHL
39 STECKEL, David 6-5 218 Left 3/15/82 Westbend, Wisconsin Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
16 SUTHERBY, Brian 6-3 210 Left 3/1/82 Edmonton, Alberta Capitals NHL
DEFENSEMEN
44 EMINGER, Steve* 6-2 212 Right 10/31/83 Woodbridge, Ontario Capitals NHL
4 ERSKINE, John 6-4 218 Left 6/26/80 Kingston, Ontario Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
52 GREEN, Mike 6-2 201 Right 10/12/85 Calgary, Alberta Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
23 JURCINA, Milan 6-4 235 Right 6/7/83 Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia Boston/Capitals NHL/NHL
26 MORRISONN, Shaone 6-4 212 Left 12/23/82 Vancouver, British Columbia Capitals NHL
2 POTHIER, Brian 6-0 200 Right 4/15/77 New Bedford, Massachusetts Capitals NHL
3 POTI, Tom 6-3 210 Left 3/22/77 Worcester, Massachusetts NY Islanders NHL
55 SCHULTZ, Jeff 6-6 221 Left 2/25/86 Calgary, Alberta Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
GOALTENDERS
1 JOHNSON, Brent 6-3 210 Left 3/12/77 Farmington, Michigan Capitals NHL
37 KOLZIG, Olie 6-3 224 Left 4/6/70 Johannesburg, South Africa Capitals NHL
* Injured reserve
# Non-roster injured player
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