Report: Prospect Tournament Could be Canceled​ Due to Hurricane Irma

The 2017 Prospect Tournament scheduled to take place in Estero, Florida starting on Saturday could be affected by Hurricane Irma

The Capitals’ prospects are scheduled to play three games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and the defending Western Conference Champion Nashville Predators.

The National Hurricane Center reported in their 5:00 P.M. update on Tuesday, that Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.

While the storm is not expected to reach Florida until sometime on Sunday, the European model shows Irma likely to pass near Fort Myers, Florida, less than 20 miles north of Estero.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the Florida Keys. The NFL announced on Tuesday afternoon that the Miami Dolphins’ home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be moved to a neutral location or rescheduled due to the hurricane.

Assuming the tournament isn’t canceled, the Capitals will play all of their rookie tournament games at Germain Arena, which hosts the games for the Florida Everblades, the Carolina Hurricanes’ East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) affiliate.  The full game schedule is down below, again, assuming no changes are made:

Saturday, Sept. 9
1:00 pm – Florida vs. Washington
4:30 pm – Nashville vs. Tampa Bay

Sunday, Sept.10
1:00 pm – Tampa Bay vs. Washington
4:30 pm – Nashville vs. Florida

Tuesday, Sept. 12
10:00 am – Washington vs. Nashville
2:00 pm – Florida vs. Tampa Bay

The Capitals will return to Washington on Wednesday, September 13 before off-ice training camp testing on Thursday and media day on Friday.

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By: Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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