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Washington Capitals Announce 2006-07 Season-Opening Roster

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee has announced the 24 players who will make up the team’s roster for the season opener at the New York Rangers on Thursday, Oct. 5 (including one player on injured reserve). Opening Night at Verizon Center is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, against the defending Stanley Cup champion 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 18th season with the organization, and captain Chris Clark. Also back from the 2005-06 season are the team’s top four goal scorers (Alex Ovechkin, Dainius Zubrus, Clark and Matt Pettinger) and its top four scoring defensemen (Jamie Heward, Bryan Muir, Steve Eminger and Shaone Morrisonn). Pettinger will begin the season on injured reserve.

Ten players on the roster were not on last year’s opening night roster, including off-season additions Donald Brashear, John Erskine, Brian Pothier and Richard Zednik.

Both games this week begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by Comcast SportsNet and WTEM SportsTalk 980. On Saturday, the Capitals will host Fan Fest on F Street NW, in front of Verizon Center, beginning at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for a special pregame ceremony.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Shoots Born Birthplace 2005-06 Club(s) League
1 Brent Johnson G 6-3 199 Left 3/12/77 Farmington, Mich. Capitals NHL
2 Brian Pothier D 6-0 198 Right 4/15/77 New Bedford, Mass. Ottawa NHL
4 John Erskine D 6-4 216 Left 6/26/80 Kingston, Ontario Dallas/NY Islanders NHL
6 Jamie Heward D 6-2 215 Right 3/30/71 Regina, Saskatchewan Capitals NHL
8 Alex Ovechkin LW 6-2 220 Right 9/17/85 Moscow, Russia Capitals NHL
9 Dainius Zubrus C/RW 6-4 226 Left 6/16/78 Elektrenai, Lithuania Capitals NHL
10 Matt Bradley RW 6-3 201 Right 6/13/78 Stittsville, Ontario Capitals NHL
15 Boyd Gordon C 6-1 201 Right 10/19/83 Unity, Saskatchewan Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
16 Brian Sutherby C 6-3 215 Left 3/1/82 Edmonton, Alberta Capitals NHL
17 Chris Clark RW 6-0 196 Right 3/8/76 South Windsor, Conn. Capitals NHL
18 Matt Pettinger LW 6-1 210 Left 10/22/80 Edmonton, Alberta Capitals NHL
20 Richard Zednik RW 6-0 201 Left 1/6/76 Banska Bystrica, Slovakia Montreal NHL
21 Brooks Laich C 6-2 210 Left 6/23/83 Wawota, Saskatchewan Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
22 Rico Fata C/W 6-0 214 Left 2/12/80 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Capitals/Atlanta NHL
Pittsburgh/WB-Scranton NHL/AHL
24 Kris Beech C 6-3 211 Left 2/5/81 Salmon Arm, BC Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
Nashville/Milwaukee NHL/AHL
26 Shaone Morrisonn D 6-4 210 Left 12/23/82 Vancouver, BC Capitals NHL
27 Ben Clymer D/RW 6-1 200 Right 4/11/78 Bloomington, Minn. Capitals NHL
28 Alexander Semin LW 6-2 200 Left 3/3/84 Krasjonarsk, Russia Togliatti/Mytischi Russia
37 Olie Kolzig G 6-3 221 Left 4/6/70 Johannesburg, South Africa Capitals NHL
38 Jakub Klepis C 6-1 198 Right 6/5/84 Prague, Czech Republic Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
44 Steve Eminger D 6-2 211 Right 10/31/83 Woodbridge, Ontario Capitals NHL
47 Bryan Muir D 6-3 225 Left 6/8/73 Winnepeg, Manitoba Capitals NHL
52 Mike Green D 6-1 208 Right 10/12/85 Calgary, Alberta Capitals/Hershey NHL/AHL
87 Donald Brashear LW 6-2 234 Left 1/7/72 Bedford, Ind. Philadelphia NHL
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