Michal Kempny Returns To Skating

Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny returned to skating activities on Friday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Kempny has been out since he injured his Achilles’ tendon back in October.

The  Capitals announced on October 6 that Kempny would miss 6-8 months after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon. That would put him on track to return sometime in between April and June 2021.

The 30-year-old recorded three goals, 18 points, and a team-leading +19 rating in 58 regular-season games during the 2019-20 season after missing the first eight while recovering from core muscle surgery that occurred on April 2, 2019.

Kempny recorded one assist and a -2 rating in five Stanley Cup Playoff games but was a healthy scratch for the final three games of the Capitals’ first-round series against the New York Islanders.

In 232 career NHL games with the Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, the 30-year-old has recorded 14 goals, 61 points, and a +58 rating.

Kempny recorded a 50.35% Corsi-for percentage and a 49.54% expected goals-for percentage this past season.

He was demoted from the top defensive pairing after Dillon was acquired from the San Jose Sharks on February 19 and was even a healthy scratch for one game.

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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2 Responses to Michal Kempny Returns To Skating

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Great the Kempny can now skate again. And also spend time with his new son, Adam. The Caps will have to figure out what to do with their numerous defensemen.

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