Scenes From Day One of Training Camp

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Day one of the Capitals 2016 training camp is in the books. With Barry Trotz still coaching Team Canada in Toronto, Hershey Bears head coach Troy Mann is running the show. 

The much dreaded skate test, or “bag skate” as it is affectionately known, is aimed to test the current endurance (and off-season commitment) of each player entering camp. Today’s first day of camp was no different, as the test was conducted at the end of each of the three sessions. I think it’s safe to say that if you fail this test, or even do poorly, camp is going to be a bit tougher for you in the coming days.


And the traditional post skate-test carnage was no different this year. It’s interesting to see who comes to camp in shape, and who may not have fully prepared for day one. Here Jill Sorenson catches coach Reirden helping Joey Leach (50) to the finish line.


Stan Galiev and Jay Beagle looked to be two of the better conditioned players from day one. Chandler Stephenson and Joey Leach were two of the players that struggled.

It’s never to early to begin talking lines. Coach Trotz and GM MacLellan both stated during the summer that a potential new third line could consist of  Marcus Johansson, newly acquired center Lars Eller and Justin Williams.

Karl Alzner, still recuperating from offseason surgery, did not participate in the skate test today.

The Capitals unveiled their new practice jerseys for training camp, complete with new advertising on the front.

The Capitals held their annual media day following the first workout on ice.


If you’re interested in following training camp in a little more detail, or you might be interested in attending a training camp session at Kettler, we’ve got you covered with our schedule and roster, found right here.

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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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