Oates to highlight Caps' alumni game

Oates to highlight Caps' alumni game
September 19, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Caps host annual alumni game

Washington Capitals' Adam Oates raises a silver hockey stick after it was presented to him by Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, right, commemorating Oates on his 1,000th assist Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, before their game against the Vancouver Canucks at the MCI Center in Washington. Oates scored the milestone assist last Monday against the Boston Bruins.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

We’ve all seen what Adam Oates can do as a coach.

And we’ve heard countless stories about what he can do with the lie of a stick.

But can he still make blind backhand pass to Bondra at the age of 51?

"We'll see," Oates said. "He's gotta earn it."

Fans will find out tonight at 7 p.m. when Oates joins former teammates Peter Bondra, Olie Kolzig, Anson Carter and a host of other former Capitals in the team’s annual alumni game at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

"I personally like it. I think it's great guys want to come back and be a part of it. That's why you have four banners [for retired players Dale Hunter, Mike Gartner, Yvon Labre and Rod Langway] hanging there. It's tradition." 

Tickets are available at $10 and all proceeds benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Fans must be a Caps Convention ticket holder to purchase tickets for the alumni game.

Tickets can be purchased at WashingtonCapitals.com and are being sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A convention ticket does not guarantee an alumni game ticket. 

Here is tonight's alumni game roster:

Red Team

1 Al Rooney - Starting Goalie

1 Todd Seay - Goalie

6 Calle Johansson

7 Yvon Labre

16 Bengt Gustafsson

18 Craig Laughlin - Captain

19 Bryan 'Bugsy" Watson - Head coach

19 Brendan Witt

22 Greg Adams

23 Kevin Kaminski

24 Gord Lane

27 Nelson Burton

77 Adam Oates

White Team

1 Matt Tendler - Starting Goalie

1 Kevin Kreutzer - Goalie

2 Ken Sabourin

2 Pat Ribble

5 Rod Langway - Head coach

10 Alan Hanglesben

12 Peter Bondra

15 Neil Sheehy

16 Alan May - Head coach

16 Errol Rausse

19 John Druce

21 Dennis Maruk

23 Gary Rissling

27 Paul Mulvey

30 Bernie Wold - Assistant coach

37 Olie Kolzig 

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In practice news, Brooks Laich and Mikhail Grabovski returned to full practice on a line with Troy Brouwer. Laich, who suffered a left hip flexor injury on the first day of camp, remained out for the entire session.

The Caps are back in game action Friday night when the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks visit Verizon Center. It will mark the first of three games against the Hawks in a span of 12 nights, including the Oct. 1 season opener in Chicago.