Stanley Cup champion Capitals open camp

Chris Russell
September 16, 2018 - 7:09 pm
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The Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals opened up training camp this weekend at the re-named MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington (same place, formerly Kettler). 

Yes, it’s football season but when you’re the first major professional team to win a championship in 26 years in Washington, D.C. – that makes it time for hockey!

106.7 The FAN was there on Friday with the Junkies along with Grant & Danny broadcasting live, plus coverage all day of the big names meeting with the media.

The Junkies had playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly, backup goaltender Phoenix Copley (replacing Philipp Grubauer) and Capitals analyst, Alan May, on their show.  

Grant and Danny were joined by Nick Backstrom, which you can watch and listen to right here

Here’s the best of what they said:

Alex Ovechkin: Last year as the Capitals opened up training camp after a number of free-agent defections and another mind numbing second-round lost, the Capitals captain uttered these now famous words “We’re not going to be suck” in 2017-18.

As we know, the Capitals made sure that was the case by winning the greatest trophy in sports

This year’s message from the “Great 8”? “Not suck back to back!”

It was good for a laugh and perhaps another t-shirt slogan.

I asked Ovechkin if the reality was better than the dream of winning the Stanley Cup, a few months later. His thoughtful answer in part was: “You were dreaming about it all your life. ‘When you’re going to kiss it, what are you going to do with it? The good times always move fast. It’s like a second and that’s it. It’s gone. We have to do it again to feel it more.”

Nick Backstrom: Alex Ovechkin handed Backstrom the Stanley Cup first on the ice in Las Vegas. How many times has he re-lived that?

“It’s something I’m never going to forget. First, when he told he was going to me and second when he gave it to me. That was very special not just for the whole team, but for the whole city.”

T.J. Oshie: On partying this summer non-stop?

“I think social media blew it up a little more than it was. A lot of times people would ask me to drink a beer through my shirt, so that’s the only beer I drank that day…We’ve had fun and we’re proud of the accomplishment that we had and we’re proud to be called Stanley Cup Champions, but we seem very re-focused here and really eager to start working at doing it again.”

Todd Reirden: The new Capitals head coach replacing Barry Trotz was asked how he guards against complacency in a repeat bid, so he consulted hockey & some football coaches (not Bill Belichick).

“Some teams that haven’t had as much success in the years following a Cup win, they eased into training camp and they ended up kind of chasing it from the beginning of the year. For me, it’s really important that I set the tone today. I don’t think there’s any question that our guys came to work today, and it wasn’t an easy day. That was by design and it’s going to be that way to start the season. That was the advice I got.”

 

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