One day before goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to make his season debut at VerizonCenter, albeit with the Hershey Bears, another Caps goaltending prospect was honored for a stellar month of November.
Philipp Grubauer, 21, has been named the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November. Grubauer, a second year pro from Rosenheim, Germany, went 10-1-0-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 12 appearances for the Reading Royals during the month of November.
Grubauer also was honored as the league’s Goaltender of the Week for Nov. 12 through Nov. 18 and earned Goaltender of the Month honors for November last year as a member of the South Carolina Stingrays.
The Reading Royals return to action at the SovereignCenter in Reading, Pa, tonight at 7:05. when the reigning Kelly Cup Champion Florida Everblades make their only visit of the year to Reading.
Hershey invasion: With good vibrations surrounding the NHL labor negotiations, the Center should be hopping Thursday night when Holtby is expected to get the start for the Bears in the AHL Showcase game against the Norfolk Admirals.
The game is expected to be a sellout and will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet and ABC 27.2 RTV in Central Pennsylvania.
Thursday night marks the first time the Bears will play in the D.C. area since April 3, 1979, when they played the Philadelphia Firebirds to a 1-1 tie at the old Cap Centre in Landover. That game was moved because the historic Hersheypark Arena was being used to house evacuees of the March 28, 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear emergency. The Bears and Firebirds played the game as part of an NHL-AHL doubleheader featuring the Caps and Flyers.
Happy birthday, Verizon: Has it really been 15 years since the Capitals moved downtown and played the first-ever NHL game at what was then the MCI Center?
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