Familiar Faces Return to Kettler

As the Capitals were practicing on the Capitals Rink at Kettler, the Calgary Flames were doing Monday preparations themselves on the Public Rink. During Calgary’s practice there were two faces that are very familiar to Caps fans working out on the ice. Those players were Troy Brouwer and Jaromir Jagr. 

Brouwer played with the Capitals from the 2011-12 season to the 2014-15 campaign. He was acquired by Washington in a trade with the Blackhawks for Washington’s first round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. During his Capitals career he registered 83 goals, 69 assists, for 152 points. He will always have legacy with the Caps as fans will forever remember him for scoring the game-winning goal in the 2015 Winter Classic in DC. Those that have gone to Kettler know that the public rink has pictures from that game, so it was fitting seeing Brouwer get his work in along with his Flames teammates on that rink.

His time with Washington ended in the summer of 2015 as the Capitals traded him to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for T.J. Oshie and Pheonix Copley. After spending one year with the Blues, he signed with the Flames as a free agent and is in the middle of his second season with the team.


Jaromir Jagr began his career with the Penguins in 1990. In the summer of 2001, the Capitals signed him to a then-largest contract ever in NHL history at $77 million over seven years, an annual average value of $11 million including an option fo this eighth year. However, he did not make it through the whole contract and ended up playing for just two and a half seasons in DC.

With the Capitals, he scored 73 goals and 118 assists for 191 points. The Capitals missed the playoffs in the 2001-02 season but rebounded the following season before falling to the Lightning in the first round in 2003 despite winning the first two games of that series. During that playoff year, Jagr was reunited with former linemate Robert Lang.

The 2003-04 season was a disappointment to say the least and they had to “clean house” sort of speak to save money for the future. Part of that process was trying to trade Jagr. On January 23, 2004 Jagr was traded to the New York Rangers for Anson Carter. He played for the Blueshirts for three and a half seasons before entering the KHL. He returned to the NHL in 2011 and has since played for the Flyers, Stars, Bruins, Devils, Panthers and now the Flames. He joined Calgary this past summer on a one-year deal. This could be his last season in the league, as he stated it could be.

By Michael Marzzacco

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