Monday, May 16, 2011

2011/2012

Dear all Caps and Bears fans:
I apologize that I have been lacking in this blog as well as being the Bears Examiner for quite some time now.
Please bare with me as I am new this sports blogging regularly thing and obviously not good at it. 
I have been struggling with some serious medical issues since Fall 2009 that have recently left me to where I am unable to work and have been to multiple doctors appointments, but that is beside the point. 
As most of you are, I am too, a bit astonished, disappointed, flabbergasted, etc in the way the Caps and Bears seasons ended this year.  
I think the Capitals learned a bit from the 2009-2010 season, but alot things changed this year, some for the better, and some not. From the changes of the system, to the "Young Guns" so called "not" performing, whatever, things didn't go the way the team and organization wanted it to and definitely not the fans. That is all mute now. All they do is work 110% harder, train 110% this summer and in camp, to be ready to have the determination, stamina, and focus to win the Cup next year. Things need to change obviously; what those changes should be, I cannot determine as I am just a fan making my opinion known online. That task is in the hands of management and they should be focusing on what they can do in the future to make the Capitals a Stanley Cup team. They're closer, but obviously not close enough. I am a true believer in this team, in the coaching, in the fanbase. The Caps (and Bears) have THE best fanbase in the NHL and AHL. They should feel honored and blessed. We need to continue cheering them on, giving them the energy in games to push on when they're down, and not boo our beloved team. 
The Bears won the Calder Cup two years in a row -- it was just not in the cards for a threepeat. I have faith in the coaching and the organization that they will regroup. They have lots of up and coming talent to be excited for.
I have faith. I was sad and down when the Caps were defeated by the Lightning, and I was sad and down when the Bears were defeated by the Checkers.  But they honestly, at that point in time they were the better team. And it's not wrong for any fan to be upset and down when their team isn't winning.  As a sports fan you always want your team to win. Showing some emotion and complaining about the performance isn't a bad thing, it shows you care. I complained during the Lightning series, what Caps fan didn't? But that doesn't mean that I never lost faith in their ability, talent, and passion for the game. I will never lose faith in these guys. 
Next year. It's going to be an interesting year. I promise I will do my best to keep up with blog and the Examiner page. This combines two of my many passions: writing and hockey (Caps and Bears) and I intend to the best I can to keep up with this. 
-Lauren

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Capitals release rosters, schedules for upcoming rookie and training camps

The Washington Capitals released the rosters and schedules for rookie and training camp slated for kickoff this Sunday, September 12.

Rookie camp is slated to begin Sunday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Capitals' practice facility, Kettler Capitals Iceplex.  Twenty-four players are scheduled to participate this year's rookie camp.  This year's camp will feature a scrimmage between players on Wednesday, September 15 at 11:30 a.m. and a rookie game against the Philadelphia Flyers' rookies on Thursday, September 16 at 3 p.m. Veterans who have returned to the area early will skate informally throughout rookie camp.

The 2010 Capitals training camp will commence on Saturday, September 18 with 42 players placed into three teams.  Each team will have its own practice on Saturday with scrimmages to follow Sunday, September 19 through Tuesday September 21.  Wednesday, September 22 will mark the first preseason game for the Capitals as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to face the Blue Jackets at 8 p.m.  Tuesday, September 28 marks the Caps' first home preseason opener at Verizon Center. 

The Hershey Bears will participate in training camp in preparation to earn a spot on the Capitals' roster.  Defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson played in several games for both hockey clubs, but look to earn a starting spot on the Caps' roster this season. 

The 2010-2011 season will officially begin on Friday, October 8 for the Capitals when they face the Atlanta Thrashers on the road.  The Hershey Bears will start regular season action with a rivalry game at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday, October 9.  Tickets for the Capitals' home games can be purchased via Ticketmaster or by visiting the ticketmaster outlet at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA.  Bears' tickets can be purchased at the Giant Center box office or by calling 717-508-BEAR (2327).