09/12/2013 - HERSHEY, Pa. – With physicals and fitness testing complete, the Washington Capitals are set to open their 2013 training camp today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia. A number of last season’s Hershey Bears players will participate, as well as several new players targeted for Chocolatetown in the upcoming season.
Of the 70 players scheduled for camp, 23 (12 forwards, nine defensemen, two goaltenders) donned the Chocolate and White at least once during the 2012-13 campaign.
FORWARDS: Dane Byers, Nicolas Deschamps, Stanislav Galiev, Michael Latta, Peter LeBlanc, Garrett Mitchell, Joel Rechlicz, Ryan Stoa, T.J. Syner, Jeff Taffe, Casey Wellman, Tom Wilson
DEFENSEMEN: Julien Brouillette, Brett Flemming, Chay Genoway, Tomas Kundratek, Dmitry Orlov, Steve Oleksy, Cameron Schilling, Nate Schmidt, Patrick Wellar
GOALTENDERS: Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby (Brandon Anderson dressed as backup but did not see game action)
Eight of these 23 (Byers, Deschamps, Genoway, Latta, LeBlanc, Rechlicz, Wellman, Wilson) were either acquired mid-season or joined the squad for the Calder Cup playoffs. Additionally, four players (Grubauer, Oleksy, Schilling, Wilson) made their NHL debuts with the Capitals last season.
Newly-signed players expected to provide organizational depth include forwards Jamie Johnson, Brandon Segal, Matt Watkins and Derek Whitmore; defensemen Michal Cajkovsky, David Kolomatis, Tyson Strachan and Patrick Wey; and goaltenders Riley Gill and David Leggio.
Information on the Hershey Bears 2013 training camp will be announced in the coming days.
Individual tickets for the 2013-2014 Hershey Bears regular season will go on sale to the general public on Monday, September 16 beginning at 10:00 AM. Tickets may be purchased by calling (717) 508-BEAR, on the internet at TicketMaster.com, or by visiting the HERSHEYPARK Stadium box office.
In preparation for the regular season, the Bears are hosting two pre-season contests. The new Utica Comets come to town on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 PM, and the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins pay a visit on Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $12.00 general admission, and are available now via the above outlets.