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Capitals Announce Rosters for Rookie Camp and Training Camp

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va., – A total of 68 players will be on the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in the upcoming weeks for the 2008 Washington Capitals rookie camp and training camp, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.


Twenty-six players will participate in rookie camp, which begins tomorrow, Sept. 14, with a 10 a.m. practice and runs through Thursday, Sept. 18, when the rookies host a scrimmage against the Flyers’ rookies at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Training camp begins Saturday, Sept. 20, when 42 veterans – 25 of whom saw action for the Capitals last season – will join the rookies to prepare for the upcoming 2008-09 NHL season. In between practices and off-ice workout sessions, the Capitals will play seven preseason games before camp concludes with the Caps Care Classic golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 6.

The public is welcome to attend every practice, free of charge, beginning Sunday, Sept. 14. Tickets will be required for admission to the rookie game on Sept. 18; all available tickets have already been claimed on WashingtonCaps.com.

The 2008 training camp marks the first of head coach Bruce Boudreau’s tenure with Washington, as the 2007-08 Jack Adams Trophy winner as the NHL’s coach of the year assumed his current role in November last season. He will lead a team with a number of familiar faces: 18 of the 21 players who played for Washington in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs return this season. The top 18 players in average ice time for the Capitals in 2007-08 all return to training camp.

Rookie camp will mark the Capitals debut for 2008 first- and second-round draft picks Anton Gustafsson and Dmitry Kugryshev, respectively, while goaltender Jose Theodore will take the ice as a Capital for the first time in training camp

2008 Washington Capitals Rookie Camp Roster

FORWARDS

# Player Ht. Wt. Shoots Born Birthplace 2007-08 Club(s) League(s)
83 BEAGLE, Jay 6’3” 207 Right 10/16/85 Calgary, Alberta Hershey AHL
36 BOUCHARD, Francois 6’1” 193 Left 4/26/88 Sherbrooke, Quebec Baie-Comeau/Hershey QMJHL/AHL
79 BRODA, Joel 6’1” 200 Left 11/24/89 Yorkton, Saskatchewan Tri-City/Moose Jaw WHL
84 DELLA ROVERE, Stefan 5’11” 196 Left 2/25/90 Richmond Hill, Ontario Barrie OHL
72 DUBUC, Michael 6’2” 177 Left 6/29/88 Granby, Quebec Ryoun-Noranda QMJHL
94 GUSTAFSSON, Anton 6’2” 194 Left 2/25/90 Karlskoga, Sweden Frolunda Sweden
93 KUGRYSHEV, Dmitry 5’11” 185 Right 1/18/90 Balakovo, Russia CSKA 2 Russia
58 LACROIX, Maxime 6’0” 180 Left 6/5/87 Quebec City, Quebec Quebec/Hershey QMJHL/AHL
81 LEFFLER, Brett 6’0” 198 Right 5/19/89 Wynard, Saskatchewan Regina WHL
71 MORIN, Travis 6’2” 195 Left 1/9/84 Minneapolis, Minnesota Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL
48 OSALA, Oskar 6’4” 217 Left 12/26/87 Vasaa, Finland Espoo Finland
85 PERREAULT, Mathieu 5’10” 165 Left 1/5/88 Drummondville, Quebec Acadie-Bathurst/Hershey QMJHL/AHL
90 PINIZZOTTO, Steve 6’2” 196 Right 4/26/84 Mississauga, Ontario Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL
67 TAYLOR, Justin 5’11” 180 Left 2/8/89 London, Ontario London OHL
                 
DEFENSEMEN
47 ALZNER, Karl 6’2” 205 Left 9/24/88 Burnaby, British Columbia Calgary WHL
74 CARLSON, John 6’2” 218 Right 1/10/90 Natick, Massachusetts Indiana USHL
62 COLLINS, Sean 6’1” 212 Right 10/30/83 Troy, Michigan Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL
49 DOVGAN, Viktor 6’1” 205 Left 2/27/87 Moscow, Russia CSKA Russia
73 GODFREY, Josh 6’0” 202 Right 1/15/88 Collingwood, Ontario Sault Ste. Marie/Hershey OHL/AHL
46 McNEILL, Patrick 6’0” 195 Left 3/17/87 Strathroy, Ontario Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL
86 MESTERY, Eric 6’5” 196 Left 5/28/90 Winnipeg, Manitoba Tri-City WHL
82 SEABROOK, Keith 6’0” 197 Right 8/2/88 Delta, British Columbia Calgary WHL
51 SWITZER, Craig 6’1” 200 Left 10/16/84 Peachland, British Columbia New Hampshire Hockey East
                 
GOALTENDERS
70 HOLTBY, Braden 6’1” 202 Left 9/16/89 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Saskatoon WHL
30 NEUVIRTH, Michal 6’1” 197 Left 3/23/88 Usi Labem, Czech Republic Plymouth/Windsor/Oshawa OHL
40 VARLAMOV, Simeon 6’1” 183 Left 4/27/88 Samara, Russia Yaroslavl Russia

2008 Washington Capitals Training Camp Roster
FORWARDS
# Player Ht. Wt. Shoots Born Birthplace 2007-08 Club(s) League(s)
20 AUCOIN, Keith 5’9” 187 Right 11/6/78 Waltham, Massachusetts Carolina/Albany NHL/AHL
19 BACKSTROM, Nicklas 6’0” 183 Left 11/23/87 Gavle, Sweden CAPITALS NHL
56 BOURQUE, Chris 5’8” 181 Left 1/29/86 Boston, Massachusetts CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL
10 BRADLEY, Matt 6’3” 201 Right 6/13/78 Stittsville, Ontario CAPITALS NHL
87 BRASHEAR, Donald 6’2” 234 Left 1/7/72 Bedford, Indiana CAPITALS NHL
17 CLARK, Chris 6’0” 196 Right 3/8/76 South Windsor, Connecticut CAPITALS NHL
91 FEDOROV, Sergei 6’2” 207 Left 12/13/69 Pskov, Russia CAPITALS/Columbus NHL
16 FEHR, Eric 6’4” 212 Right 9/7/85 Winkler, Manitoba CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL
14 FLEISCHMANN, Tomas 6’1” 190 Left 5/16/84 Koprivinice, Czech Republic CAPITALS NHL
33 GIROUX, Alexandre 6’3” 201 Left 6/16/81 Quebec City, Quebec Hershey/Chicago AHL
63 GORDON, Andrew 5’11” 180 Right 12/13/85 Halifax, Nova Scotia Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL
15 GORDON, Boyd 6’1” 201 Right 10/19/83 Unity, Saskatchewan CAPITALS NHL
61 JOUDREY, Andrew 5’11” 191 Left 7/15/84 Halifax, Nova Scotia Hershey AHL
25 KOZLOV, Viktor 6’4” 232 Right 2/14/75 Togliatti, Russia CAPITALS NHL
21 LAICH, Brooks 6’2” 210 Left 6/23/83 Wawota, Saskatchewan CAPITALS NHL
53 LAING, Quintin 6’2” 210 Left 6/8/79 Rosetown, Saskatchewan CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL
50 MAXWELL, Tom 6’2” 200 Right 11/19/85 Spokane, Washington Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL
38 MINK, Graham 6’3” 220 Right 5/21/79 Stowe, Vermont Worcester AHL
92 NYLANDER, Michael 6’1” 195 Left 10/3/72 Stockholm, Sweden CAPITALS NHL
8 OVECHKIN, Alex 6’2” 220 Right 9/17/85 Moscow, Russia CAPITALS NHL
45 REID, Darren 6’2” 205 Left 5/8/83 Lac La Biche, Alberta Philadelphia AHL
28 SEMIN, Alexander 6’2” 200 Right 3/3/84 Krasnoyarsk, Russia CAPITALS NHL
39 STECKEL, David 6’5” 222 Left 3/15/82 Westbend, Wisconsin CAPITALS NHL
57 WILSON, Kyle 6’0” 200 Right 12/15/84 Oakville, Ontario Hershey AHL
                 
DEFENSEMEN
44 AMADIO, Greg 6’2” 225 Left 5/13/81 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Binghamton AHL
41 ARSENE, Dean 6’2” 200 Left 7/20/80 Abbotsford, British Columbia Hershey AHL
29 CUTTA, Jakub 6’3” 214 Left 12/29/81 Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Rep. Nizhnekamsk/Chelyabinsk Russia
4 ERSKINE, John 6’4” 216 Left 6/26/80 Kingston, Ontario CAPITALS NHL
52 GREEN, Mike 6’1” 208 Right 10/12/85 Calgary, Alberta CAPITALS NHL
43 HELMER, Brian 6’1” 210 Right 6/15/72 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario San Antonio AHL
23 JURCINA, Milan 6’4” 233 Right 6/7/83 Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia CAPITALS NHL
42 LEPISTO, Sami 6’1” 195 Left 10/17/84 Espoo, Finland CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL
75 McNEILL, Grant 6’2” 220 Left 5/8/83 Vermilion, Alberta Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL
26 MORRISONN, Shaone 6’4” 210 Left 12/23/82 Vancouver, British Columbia CAPITALS NHL
34 POKULOK, Sasha 6’6” 220 Right 5/25/86 Montreal, Quebec Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL
2 POTHIER, Brian 6’0” 200 Right 4/15/77 New Bedford, Mass. CAPITALS NHL
3 POTI, Tom 6’3” 210 Left 3/22/77 Worcester, Mass. CAPITALS NHL
55 SCHULTZ, Jeff 6’6” 221 Left 2/25/86 Calgary, Alberta CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL
89 SLOAN, Tyler 6’4” 190 Left 3/15/81 Calgary, Alberta Hershey AHL
                 
GOALTENDERS
1 JOHNSON, Brent 6’3” 199 Left 3/12/77 Farmington, Mich. CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL
31 MACHESNEY, Daren 6’0” 182 Left 12/13/86 Hamilton, Ontario Hershey AHL
60 THEODORE, Jose 5’11” 182 Right 9/13/76 Laval, Quebec Colorado/Lake Erie NHL/AHL
                 
Rosters as of Sept. 8, 2008.
Select rookies will participate in training camp as well.
                 
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