Capitals Players Begin Unofficial Workouts at Kettler Capitals Iceplex


It’s nearly the end of August and that means Capitals players are moving back to their respective DC-area homes and returning to Kettler Capitals Iceplex to prepare for the season ahead. Several Capitals players, one Devils player and a couple of young prospects have already begun informal workouts this week. Here are the highlights from Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday. 

Phillipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Nathan Walker, Jonas Siegenthaler, John Carlson, and Vitek Vanecek are the first players to begin workouts at Kettler. The lone Devils player? You guessed it, Marcus Johansson.


Jonas Siegenthaler showed some great defense on this play. With a couple of vacant spots opening up on the blueline, Siegenthaler is working hard to try to earn a spot on the Opening Night roster.

After each player got some reps on both sides of the full rink, the unofficial practice would shift to short-rink work the rest of the way. I don’t know who this amateur hockey player is, but he must’ve had the thrill of his life scoring on Philipp Grubuaer. I laughed when I saw this response from our fellow writer Luke Adomanis.

Grubauer would get a breather and in would come the Holtbeast. Braden Holtby looked strong between the pipes as he gears up for another big season.

The two main Caps goalies did the switcheroo once again and Gruby redeemed himself.

Bears fans and our very own Julie Beidler, I haven’t forgotten about you guys either. Vitek Vanacek looked good this morning as well.

MoJo! Is that you?!
Yes Marcus Johansson was out on the ice working out with his former teammates. Johansson still lives in the area, for now at least. He was skating with his traditional Capitals practice jersey and his white #90 helmet. The only difference was the gloves he sported, which were Devils’ red.

Check back on for more content including player previews, division previews and more scenes from Kettler as we embark on another season of Capitals hockey.

By Michael Marzzacco

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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8 Responses to Capitals Players Begin Unofficial Workouts at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

  1. Interesting seeing Marcus Johansson working out with a couple of Capitals players

    Liked by 1 person

    • ItzNutz says:

      Hi Michael; what time of day was this, any thoughts on if they (especially Mojo) might be around Friday? In the area, thinking of stopping by (mostly to say goodbye). Thanks for any guidance.


  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    MoJo!!! Don’t GoGo!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Mojo leaving is so sad


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