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Washington Capitals Announce 2008-09 Season-Opening Roster

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee has announced the 22 players who will make up the team’s roster for the season opener at the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, Oct. 10. The Capitals return home on Saturday, Oct. 11, to face Chicago and raise the 2007-08 Southeast Division championship banner in Opening Night at Verizon Center presented by Geico.

Fourteen forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders make up the Capitals’ season-opening roster, led by head coach Bruce Boudreau, third-year captain Chris Clark and reigning NHL most valuable player Alex Ovechkin.

Washington’s roster includes the vast majority of players who made up last year’s Southeast Division championship team. The top 18 players in ice time from 2007-08 return, including each of the club’s top 10 scorers. Eighteen of the 21 players who suited up for Washington in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs return. Center Sergei Fedorov and goaltender Jose Theodore – both former Hart Trophy winners as NHL MVPs – are the lone members of the team who were not on the season-opening roster last year.

To reach the roster limit, the Capitals assigned forwards Chris Bourque and Quintin Laing and defenseman Karl Alzner to Hershey of the American Hockey League. Defenseman Brian Pothier remains with the club but enters the season on the injured reserve list.

Both games this week will be broadcast by Comcast SportsNet and WFED 1500 AM.

2008-09 WASHINGTON CAPITALS ROSTER

FORWARDS

# Player Ht. Wt. Shoots Born Birthplace 2007-08 Club(s) League(s)
19 BACKSTROM, Nicklas 6’1” 210 Left 11/23/87 Gavle, Sweden CAPITALS NHL
10 BRADLEY, Matt 6’3” 200 Right 6/13/78 Stittsville, Ontario CAPITALS NHL
87 BRASHEAR, Donald 6’3” 237 Left 1/7/72 Bedford, Indiana CAPITALS NHL
17 CLARK, Chris 6’0” 193 Right 3/8/76 South Windsor, Connecticut CAPITALS NHL
91 FEDOROV, Sergei 6’2” 208 Left 12/13/69 Pskov, Russia CAPITALS/Columbus NHL
16 FEHR, Eric 6’4” 210 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
15 GORDON, Boyd 6’1” 200 Right 10/19/83 Unity, Saskatchewan CAPITALS NHL
25 KOZLOV, Viktor 6’5” 237 Right 2/14/75 Togliatti, Russia CAPITALS NHL
21 LAICH, Brooks 6’2” 200 Left 6/23/83 Wawota, Saskatchewan CAPITALS NHL
92 NYLANDER, Michael 6’1” 199 Left 10/3/72 Stockholm, Sweden CAPITALS NHL
8 OVECHKIN, Alex 6’2” 225 Right 9/17/85 Moscow, Russia CAPITALS NHL
28 SEMIN, Alexander 6’2” 204 Right 3/3/84 Krasnoyarsk, Russia CAPITALS NHL
39 STECKEL, David 6’5” 217 Left 3/15/82 Westbend, Wisconsin CAPITALS NHL
                 
DEFENSEMEN
4 ERSKINE, John 6’4” 218 Left 6/26/80 Kingston, Ontario CAPITALS NHL
52 GREEN, Mike 6’1” 207 Right 10/12/85 Calgary, Alberta CAPITALS NHL
23 JURCINA, Milan 6’4” 240 Right 6/7/83 Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia CAPITALS NHL
26 MORRISONN, Shaone 6’4” 215 Left 12/23/82 Vancouver, British Columbia CAPITALS NHL
*2 POTHIER, Brian 6’0” 200 Right 4/15/77 New Bedford, Mass. CAPITALS NHL
3 POTI, Tom 6’3” 197 Left 3/22/77 Worcester, Mass. CAPITALS NHL
55 SCHULTZ, Jeff 6’6” 227 Left 2/25/86 Calgary, Alberta CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL
                 
GOALTENDERS
1 JOHNSON, Brent 6’3” 204 Left 3/12/77 Farmington, Mich. CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL
60 THEODORE, Jose 5’11” 184 Right 9/13/76 Laval, Quebec Colorado/Lake Erie NHL/AHL
                 
As of Oct. 7, 2008
* Injured reserve
                 
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