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Sam Anas was born in D.C. and grew up in Potomac, Md., as the son of a Capitals season ticket holder.
So, you can imagine his excitement when he received a phone call from the Caps inviting him to their weeklong development camp at Kettler Capitals Icelex.
“Very excited,” he said. “It’s petty cool to be out there.”
This is no dream week for Anas, who played for the U-18 D.C. Capitals and attended the Landon School in Bethesda.
A playmaking right wing, Anas led the USHL Youngstown Phantoms in scoring last season with 37 goals. The year before he recorded 64 points in 63 games.
“It’s cool to be here, but I want to do well,” said Anas, who is one of the smallest players at the prospects camp at 5-foot-8, 150 pounds. “I want the Caps to like me. I know I’m going to school next year, but in he future I’d love to be a Capital and it all starts now.”
Next month, Anas will be attending Division I Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., where he hopes to pile up enough points to get invited back to the Caps’ camp next summer.
“[Quinnipiac] seemed like the right fit for me,” he said. “I love the campus and the coaches are great. It was really a no brainer for me.”
Because of his playing schedule, Anas made it to only one Caps game last season, their 5-0 Game 7 loss to the Rangers.
“It wasn’t the best game to see,” Anas said. “But I grew up watching this team and I love the way they play -- real run and gun -- I like that.”
As for competing against guys like 6-foot-4, 215-pound right wing Tom Wilson, Anas said it was intimidating after the first few minutes on the ice, but not now.
“It’s a lot faster,” Anas said. “Guys are bigger and shoot harder. I was a little nervous, but once you get on the ice it’s still the same game. You just play. No worries.”
Development camp concludes Saturday with a scrimmage at 10 a.m. and a FanFest throughout the day.
Sam Anas with his family. (Photo by Chuck Gormley)