Caps host annual alumni game
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:
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
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
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.