Team USA Opens World Cup Camp

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Photo: Team USA

The summer officially ended for the Capitals’ John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, TJ Oshie and Team USA this afternoon, as the team held their first practice at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 

The Capitals’ TJ Oshie started the first practice on the third line with Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks) and Justin Abdelkader (Detroit Red Wings).

John Carlson was paired with the Rangers Ryan McDonagh on the top D-line. Matt Niskanen rotated on the third D-line with Jack Johnson and Erik Johnson.

Head Coach John Tortorella was in mid-season form at his first presser following practice:

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A summary of day one from USA Hockey:

 

Scenes from the first day of camp:

 

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Team USA Sweater numbers:

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By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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