Six Years AgoPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Continuing our look back at the Capitals' 2004 summer development camp at Piney Orchard in Odenton, here is a brief rundown of the lone scrimmage that took place during the week. Contrast that to the three scrimmages conducted at the team's 2010 summer camp at Kettler last week. "Thursday night’s scrimmage featured more than an hour’s worth of high-paced firewagon hockey. Players were encouraged to display as much scoring, skating, stickhandling and playmaking skills as possible and they did not disappoint. It was open season on netminders, though some saves evoked as many “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd as most of the approximately 50 goals that were scored on the night. With 11 skaters and two goaltenders on each side, the two teams played four skaters to a side for most of the night with strictly enforced short shifts (teams playing the puck after the whistle were penalized with a penalty shot against them) and fire drill line changes. Goaltenders were not permitted to freeze pucks, the red line was nonexistent, home run passes were frequent, and the occasional faceoffs were achieved by placing the disc atop the helmet of one of the combatants and allowing it to tumble to the ice. Chris Bourque stood out, scoring at least three goals and assisting on six or seven others (the assembled media lost track of the goal count somewhere in the mid-teens). Jakub Klepis scored four straight goals for the “white” team at one point, many of them on sweet feeds from Bourque. Jonas Johansson scored more than a hat trick’s worth of goals, displaying a wicked quick release on his deadly accurate wrist rocket. Virtually every player on the ice did something to dazzle the spectators at some point during the evening's festivities. Those who attended can attest to the fact that skill and speed are certainly abundant in the Capitals’ system at present. And it should be noted that three of the team’s recent first rounders (forwards Alexander Semin, Eric Fehr and Alexander Ovechkin) were not on the ice for the entire week of the team’s development camp."
After spending more than a week back home in and around Chicago during a much-needed and richly enjoyed vacation, I am back in the greater DC area. In this business, you can't really take a vacation until the team's annual summer development camp is in the rear view. From then until the start of