We are exactly 61 days away from opening night when the Capitals host the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena. While a few of the Capitals players have already returned to light workouts, a majority of the players are just now beginning to return to serious preparations in advance of the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin began his workouts this week at the National Educational and Training Center in Novogorsk, Russia, which is located just five miles northwest of the Moscow Ring Road (Beltway). Training center “Novogorsk” is a training facility for Russian National and Olympic teams in preparation for major international competitions. The facility accommodates more than 500 athletes, coaches, specialists and doctors.
Ovechkin took time this week (between reps) to pose for a few photos with several of the athletes at the facility.
One athlete even posted a five-year comparison of the two, haven taken a picture with Ovechkin five years ago and again this week.
Meanwhile, as pops begins preparing for the upcoming season, Blake and son Sergei Ovechkin worked on their soccer game on Friday.
The Capitals open their 2021-22 campaign against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, October 13. While no official date has been announced for the opening of Capitals’ training camp, it is expected to begin around the third week of September, a little over four weeks from today. Informal skates at MedStar Capitals Iceplex will likely begin in the next 2-3 weeks. A prospect development camp is expected to take place just prior to the start of Capitals’ training camp.
By Jon Sorensen