Capitals Defenseman Vincent Iorio After NHL Debut: “Realizing…I’m Part Of This Team Now, It’s Pretty Special”

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The Washington Capitals couldn’t have asked for a better outcome to their game against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, as contributions from new faces saw the team throttle the Sharks 8-3 on enemy ice. Key among those new faces was 20-year old defenseman Vincent Iorio.

The 55th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft had himself one memorable NHL debut contest just under two years after being taken by the Caps with their first pick (2nd Round) in 2021, picking up his first career point on a goal by Alex Ovechkin.

“I told myself I wasn’t going to have any nerves”, a beaming Iorio said after the game, “And then when I stepped out there, there was a couple. First couple shifts you’re getting used to the tempo, but after that the guys helped me settle down…”

“I don’t think I’ve played with [fellow blueliner Alexander Alexeyev] Al, but I’ve been playing with [Gabriel Carlsson] Gabe a little bit, and we have some good chemistry”, Iorio said of his defensive partners in his debut, “So things are going well,”

When Ovechkin made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005, Iorio was just two-years old. The goal on which he assisted puts the Capitals’ captain just 80 goals away from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time mark of 894.

“Yeah, I never thought I’d dream of that”, a smiling Iorio said, acknowledging the significance of the moment, “It’s pretty cool, he’s one of the greatest to ever play, if not the greatest, so I look up to him a lot, a lot of players look up to him, so I’m happy.”

At just 20-years old, the newly-baptized blueliner appears to have taken in every moment of his debut on the big stage. “I like to keep myself on the present, just stretching and stuff. Realizing I have the Caps gear on, and that I’m part of this team now, it’s pretty special. I’ts a childhood dream of mine for sure. But like I said, I just want to be in the present and focus for tomorrow.”

The Capitals are next in action on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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5 Responses to Capitals Defenseman Vincent Iorio After NHL Debut: “Realizing…I’m Part Of This Team Now, It’s Pretty Special”

  1. KimRB says:

    All 3 defensemen making their debuts looked good. Still not real impressed by Carlsson, but hope to be proven wrong. Sandin was terrific! Real pleased by that trade, so far.

    • Anonymous says:

      Carlsson has been the Bears best defenseman all season.

      • KimRB says:

        Yeah, so everyone but me says. But he’s a throwback type of defenseman, very little offense. His lack of an offensive game might not translate well to today’s NHL. I know he had 2assists yesterday, but face it, no one will mistake him for Erik Karlsson. I see him as a 7th D at best

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully he gets a couple more games before returning to Hershey.

    • KimRB says:

      He got his feet wet, looked like he belongs. But there’s no rush. Let him develop and marinate in Hershey, and we could have a fine defenseman for the next 15 years.

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