Monday, September 19, 2011

Comcast SportsNet to televise 71 Capitals Regular Season Games

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, and the Washington Capitals have announced the team’s 71-game regional television schedule for the 2011-12 NHL regular season. The network’s coverage, which begins with the Capitals’ season opener against Carolina on Oct. 8, will again feature comprehensive pregame and postgame coverage with ‘Capitals Central’ and ‘Capitals Postgame Live.’;

Through Comcast SportsNet and national NHL television partners NBC and VERSUS – which will be re-branded NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2 – the Capitals’ entire 82-game regular-season schedule will be delivered throughout the region by the NBC Sports Group. As previously announced, VERSUS will televise six games exclusively, with five scheduled as exclusive NBC/VERSUS ‘flex’ games, with the network being determined at a later time. In addition, VERSUS will air four Capitals games to a national audience outside the region, with Comcast SportsNet providing exclusive coverage regionally.

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Capitals – which was recently honored with an Emmy Award as the region’s top live sporting event production – will be led by six-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati. He will again be joined by veteran hockey analyst Craig Laughlin and longtime sideline reporter Al Koken, who are entering their 15th consecutive season together as the on-air team covering the Capitals.

‘Capitals Central’ and ‘Capitals Postgame Live’ return to Comcast SportsNet this season to provide extended team coverage surrounding the game. Alan May will again serve as analyst for the half-hour pregame and postgame shows, with Al Koken hosting during road games. A new host for home games will be announced by the network shortly. Beninati and Laughlin will contribute to the coverage from the arena, with Jill Sorenson – the network’s Capitals television beat reporter – and CSNwashington.com ‘Capitals Insider’ Chuck Gormley providing reports and features.

Comcast SportsNet’s television coverage of the upcoming Capitals’ season includes 61 games on Comcast SportsNet and 10 games on Comcast SportsNet Plus. The network’s entire 71-game Capitals’ schedule will be available in HD to all cable and satellite providers throughout the region. For information regarding Comcast SportsNet Plus HD carriage and channel location, check with your provider or go to CSNwashington.com or CSNbaltimore.com for information.

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the 2010-11 Capitals delivered record television ratings in several categories. The network posted its fourth consecutive season of double-digit increases in household ratings during the regular season, setting a new all-time high by 12 percent. Comcast SportsNet also recorded the top playoff series rating in network history during the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the N.Y. Rangers, which topped the 2010 first round by seven percent.

(See attachment for Comcast SportsNet 2011-12 Capitals television schedule)

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – the official sports network of the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association – delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNet’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com, is the region’s leading source for online sports news and information.

Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 11 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Group’s sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest. Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

John Carlson to throw Ceremonial First Pitch at Washington Nationals game on Thursday, Sept. 8

Per the Washington Capitals Media Relations Department:

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch at the Washington Nationals game on Thursday, Sept. 8. Carlson will throw the first pitch prior to the Nationals game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is slated to begin at 1:05 p.m.

Carlson will be available for interviews in the Shirley Povich Media Center during the second inning of the game. Credentialed media interested in speaking with Carlson are advised to contact manager of media relations Ben Guerrero at bguerrero@washcaps.com.

John Carlson was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team following his first full campaign in the league, matching a single-season Capitals franchise record for the most points by a rookie defenseman with 37. He finished 2010-11 leading all NHL rookie defensemen in ice time (22:38), was ranked third in plus/minus (+21), fourth in points (37), third in assists (30) and tied for fourth in goals (7). He led the team and all NHL rookies in blocked shots (160) during the regular season and finished second among rookies in playoff ice time (24:23).

Carlson was born in Natick, Mass. but spent most of his childhood in New Jersey. He was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 27th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft.


WHO: Capitals defenseman John Carlson

WHAT: Throwing out the Ceremonial First Pitch when the Washington Nationals host the Los Angeles Dodgers

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 8 at approximately 12:50 p.m.

WHERE: Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003

COMCAST SPORTSNET BEGINS NFL REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE THIS WEEK

Per Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic:

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic begins its NFL regular-season coverage this week with extensive on-air programming and online content surrounding the 2011 Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. This season’s expanded coverage is highlighted by the debut of ‘Ravens Kickoff’ and ‘Ravens Postgame Live,’ which join Redskins pregame and postgame shows as part of the network’s comprehensive game-day coverage of the region’s NFL teams.

Comcast SportsNet’s award-winning Redskins pregame show, ‘;Redskins Kickoff’;, will make its regular-season debut live from FedExField prior to the Redskins’ season-opener against the N.Y. Giants on Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning at 3 p.m. ‘;Redskins Postgame Live,’ a comprehensive 90-minute postgame show, will air immediately following the game. Hosted by Chick Hernandez, the game-day shows feature analysts Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich, with reporting from Kelli Johnson, as well as special guests. These programs will air before and after each game throughout the season.

As part of a new partnership with the Ravens, Comcast SportsNet will also be home to the team’s official pregame and postgame shows this season. ‘;Ravens Kickoff,’ which will air for an hour prior to select games this season, will debut on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 12 p.m. prior to Baltimore’s game at Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. ‘;Ravens Postgame Live’ will air for 90 minutes following all regular-season and playoff games, beginning with Sunday’s opener. Hosted by Chris Miller, the exclusive Ravens game-day shows will feature analysts Brad Jackson and Antonio Freeman and reporter Brent Harris.

Comcast SportsNet will again deliver live coverage of the Ravens’ and Redskins’ weekly head coach press conferences as part of special half-hour shows. ‘;SportsNet Central: Mike Shanahan Live,’ which will be led by Johnson and feature analysis from Mitchell, will air live at 3 p.m. the day after each game throughout the season, immediately followed by an encore at 3:30 p.m. ‘;SportsNet Central: John Harbaugh Live’ will feature Miller and Jackson and will air at 4 p.m. the day following each game, with a 4:30 p.m. encore. The shows will make their season debuts on Monday, Sept. 12.

The network will continue to air the Redskins’ and Ravens’ daily team shows throughout the season. ‘;Redskins Nation,’ hosted by Larry Michael, airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The Ravens’ full lineup of shows air during the regular season and playoffs, including ‘;1 Winning Drive’ (Monday), ‘;Ravens One on One’ (Tuesday), ‘;Game Plan’ (Wednesday), ‘;Ravens Report’ (Thursday) and ‘;Purple Passion’ (Friday). The Ravens’ programs, which began this week, will air at 5 p.m. and 12 a.m. on their respective days, except for ‘Ravens One on One,’ which only airs at 12 a.m.

Comcast SportsNet’s NFL coverage will also be prominently featured on the network’s full lineup of daily news and entertainment programs, including ‘;Washington Post Live,’ which recently moved to a new 10:30 p.m. timeslot, and ‘;SportsNet Central,’ which airs daily at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Exclusive one-on-one interviews with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan will be featured during ‘SportsNet Central’ the day following each game and on Fridays.

Comcast SportsNet also provides complete daily coverage of the Redskins and Ravens online at CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com. The network’s stable of reporters, led by Redskins Insider Ryan O’Halloran, Redskins Blogger Rich Tandler and Ravens Insider John Eisenberg, will continue to deliver extensive team content throughout the season.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – the official sports network of the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens , Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association – delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNet’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com, is the region’s leading source for online sports news and information.

Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 11 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Group’s sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest. Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

Capitals to visit Glassmanor Elementary School

Per the Washington Capitals Media Relations Department:

Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks, goaltender Michal Neuvirth, assistant coach Dean Evason and Slapshot will visit Glassmanor Elementary School in Oxon Hill, Md., at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, the Washington Capitals announced today. Hendricks, Neuvirth, Evason and Slapshot are participating in the Capitals Hockey School program. The trio will be directing a floor hockey session in the school’s gym with 130 third- through sixth-grade students.

Hendricks, Neuvirth and Evason will participate in a question-and-answer session with the students and lead a skills demonstration. They will guide the students through several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting. Hendricks and Neuvirth will demonstrate each skill and call on student volunteers to demonstrate what they have learned. The clinic will conclude with several students participating in a brief scrimmage with Hendricks on one team and Neuvirth on the other. Following the clinic, the Capitals will donate a set of street hockey equipment to the school.

This will be the first Capitals Hockey School visit this season. The Capitals host two Hockey School visits each month between September and May and donate street hockey equipment to each participating school.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps have hosted more than 50 clinics and reached more than 7,500 students in the past four years. Hockey School is a free program, designed to be both instructional and interactive, with the goal of exposing students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique. This year each school will receive an official Capitals Hockey School banner to display in their school year-round.

WHO: Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks, goaltender Michal Neuvirth, assistant coach Dean Evason and Slapshot

WHAT: Teaching students several drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting as part of Caps Hockey School.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept.8, 2011
1:45 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Glassmanor Elementary School
1011 Marcy Avenue
Oxon Hill, MD 20675

Capitals Announce Rookie Camp Schedule and Roster

Per the Washington Capitals Media Relations Department:

Capitals rookies will take to the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex next week for the 2011 Washington Capitals rookie camp, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Several players will participate in rookie camp, which begins Sunday, Sept. 11, with a 10:30 a.m. practice and runs through Thursday, Sept. 15, when the Caps rookies face off against the Philadelphia Flyers’ rookies at 5 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The public is welcome to attend every practice, free of charge, beginning Sunday, Sept. 11.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau and players will be made available to the media following the on-ice session of each day (approximate times listed on the next page). Please make player requests to a member of the Caps media relations staff.

Note: A complete rookie camp roster and schedule follows on the next page. Veterans will report to training camp on Friday, Sept. 16 for physicals and fitness testing. The first practice session and media availability will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. A training camp roster and schedule will be released at a later date.2011 Washington Capitals Rookie Camp Roster

FORWARDS
# Player Ht. Wt. Shoots Born Birthplace 2010-11 Club(s) League(s)
89 DE KASTROZZA, David* 6’3” 201 Right 10/20/86 Toms River, New Jersey South Carolina/Hershey ECHL/AHL
50 EAKIN, Cody 5’11” 179 Left 5/25/91 Winnipeg, Manitoba Swift Current/Kootenay WHL
88 EDMONDSON, Reid* 6’2” 194 Left 4/30/88 Richmond, British Columbia Laredo CHL
61 ELLIOT, Mitch* 6’5” 217 Left 7/15/93 Prince George, British Columbia Seattle WHL
95 FRAZEE, Thomas* 6’4” 205 Right 3/31/90 N. Vancouver, British Columbia Regina/Kamloops WHL
49 GALIEV, Stanislav 6’1” 188 Right 1/17/92 Moscow, Russia Saint John QMJHL
87 HENLEY, Samuel* 6’3” 175 Left 7/25/93 Val d’Or, Quebec Lewiston QMJHL
73 LOCKHART, Luke* 5’10” 182 Right 11/1/92 Burnaby, British Columbia Seattle WHL
76 MITCHELL, Garrett 5’11” 195 Right 9/2/91 Regina, Saskatchewan Regina/Hershey WHL/AHL
54 PAQUETTE, Danick 5’11” 201 Right 7/17/90 Montreal, Quebec Gwinnett ECHL
63 ROSS, Garrett* 6’0” 170 Left 5/26/92 Dearborn Heights, Michigan Saginaw OHL
33 SJOGREN, Mattias 6’1” 209 Left 11/27/87 Landskrona, Sweden Farjestad SEL
96 STEFISHEN, Taylor 6’0” 185 Right 8/15/90 N. Vancouver, British Columbia Prince George WHL

DEFENSEMEN
65 CARRIER, Samuel 6’1” 186 Right 4/28/92 Varennes, Quebec Lewiston QMJHL
68 FLEMMING, Brett 5’11” 184 Right 2/26/91 Regina, Saskatchewan Mississauga OHL
97 LUDWIG, Tyler* 6’1” 205 Left 5/24/85 Colleyville, Texas Idaho ECHL
94 OLIGNY, Jimmy* 5’10” 190 Left 4/30/93 St. Michel, Quebec P.E.I. QMJHL
81 ORLOV, Dmitry 6’0” 197 Left 7/23/91 Novokuznetsk, Russia Novokuznetsk/Hershey KHL/AHL
66 STEVENSON, Dustin 6’5” 220 Left 8/12/89 Gull Lake, Saskatchewan South Carolina ECHL
98 TABISZ, Nick* 5’11” 178 Right 6/1/87 Kettering, Ohio St. Norbert/South Carolina NCAA Div. III/ECHL
47 WIETECHA, Scott* 6’1” 201 Right 10/19/87 Wolverine Lake, Michigan Ferris State/Elmira CCHA/ECHL

GOALTENDERS
78 ANDERSON, Brandon 6’0” 163 Left 7/13/92 Langley, British Columbia Lethbridge WHL
31 GRUBAUER, Philipp 6’0” 180 Left 11/25/91 Rosenheim, Germany Kingston OHL
40 SOBERG, Steffen 5’11” 176 Left 8/6/93 Oslo, Norway Manglerud Norway
Rosters as of Sept. 7, 2011
* Amateur Tryout Agreement
2011 Washington Capitals Rookie Camp Numerical Roster

31 Philipp Grubauer.......... G
33 Mattias Sjogren............ C/RW
40 Steffen Soberg.............. G
47 Scott Wietecha............. D
49 Stanislav Galiev........... C/LW
50 Cody Eakin................... C/LW
54 Danick Paquette........... RW
61 Mitch Elliot.................... LW
63 Garrett Ross................. LW
65 Samuel Carrier.............. D
66 Dustin Stevenson......... D
68 Brett Flemming............. D
73 Luke Lockhart............... RW
76 Garrett Mitchell............. RW
78 Brandon Anderson...... G
81 Dmitry Orlov................. D
87 Samuel Henley.............. LW
88 Reid Edmondson......... F
89 David De Kastrozza...... RW/LW
94 Jimmy Oligny............... D
95 Thomas Frazee............. C
96 Taylor Stefishen........... LW
97 Tyler Ludwig................. D
98 Nick Tabisz................... D


WASHINGTON CAPITALS ROOKIE CAMP SCHEDULE


Day Time Event Media Availability
Sunday, Sept. 11 10:30 A.M. – 11:30A.M. Practice 11:45 A.M.
11:45 A.M. – 1 P.M. On-Ice Testing
Monday, Sept. 12 10:30 A.M. – 12 P.M. Practice 12:30 P.M.
Tuesday, Sept. 13 10:30 A.M. – 12 P.M. Practice 11:45 A.M.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 10:30 A.M. – 12 P.M. Practice
11:45 A.M. – 1 P.M. Scrimmage 1 P.M.
Thursday, Sept. 15 5 P.M. Game at Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center Post-Game

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Alex Ovechkin to make special announcement

I received an e-mail from the Capitals Media Relations Department today notifying all media that cover the team that Alex Ovechkin will make a special announcment at Kettler Capitals IcePlex on Tuesday afternoon.

My initial thought was "Is it possible that Ovie is going to relinquish his Captain 'C'?" I don't think so because a few weeks ago Tarik El-Bashir posted an interview with Bruce Boudreau on Capitals Insider where Boudreau said he told Ovie last month that he wants him to take his captaincey to the next level.

I don't think relinquishing it is the level that BB meant.

So, what could it be?

Could it be a new equipment endorsement deal since he ended his relationship with CCM and is reportedly signing with Bauer?

Or is Ovie going to stand in front of the masses at Kettler and say "we've learned from our mistakes of last few years. With guys we get during offseason we going to make next step towards Stanley Cup."

Readers, leave comments and let me know what you think.