Caps Open Camp

By Jeff Charlesworth
The moment Caps fans have been waiting for came on Friday, when training camp began for real. This is expected to be another banner season for Washington, as nothing less than a repeat of the Division Championship will do. Although the fight for spots in the lineup will be tough, the most difficult job belongs to Head Coach Ron Wilson. It is his task to pare down the roster to 23 players for opening day.

There are 27 players in camp who took part in an NHL game last seaon. Also in the hunt are several young players looking to establish themselves. 1999 first round selection Kris Beech is being projected as a future star and will be given every chance to make the team. 2000 draftee Bjorn Nord also hopes to be around in October – as he is in an all-or-nothing situation. If he does not stick with the Caps, he will return home to Sweden.

There are two players in camp on a tryout basis – Forward Greg Davis and Goaltender Tim Barlow. Davis is a big centre who will be entering his sophomore year at McGill University in Canada. He is a very talented offensive player, and scored 42 points in 38 games last season. Barlow is a former teammate of Rastislav Stana in Moose Jaw (WHL). He inherited the starting job with the Warriors after Stana was dealt to Calgary.
Also invited to camp are seven players under contract to the Portland Pirates (AHL). Forwards Brad Church, Etienne Drapeau, Kent Hulst, Rich Pittiri and Derek Schutz, along with defensemen Gerad Adams and Jakub Ficenec. All of them will be looking to impress the coaching staff and will acquaint themselves with some of the players that will end up in Portland.

Some of the Caps prospects not attending camp are: Russian prospects Ivan Nepriayev and Maxim Orlov, as well as Swedish defenseman David Johansson – who will once again play in the WHL this season. University prospects Kyle Clark, Chris Corrinet and Erik Wendell also will not be present. NCAA regulations prohibit teams from giving money to or paying for players in any way. Therefore, the only way they could attend is if they payed their own way.

Washington Capitals 2000-01 Training Camp Roster

FORWARDS

PLAYER………….HT WT BORN
Barch, Krys……..6-2 200 3/26/80
Beech, Kris……..6-3 190 2/5/81
Berube, Craig……6-1 205 12/17/65
Black, James……5-11 195 8/15/69
Bondra, Peter……6-0 200 2/7/68
Bulis, Jan………6-0 195 3/18/78
Church, Brad…….6-1 210 11/14/76
Dahlen, Ulf……..6-2 195 1/12/67
Davis, Greg……..6-4 190 7/29/79
Drapeau, Etienne…6-1 195 1/10/78
Halpern, Jeff……6-0 195 5/3/76
Herr, Matt………6-1 205 5/26/76
Hulst, Kent……..6-1 215 4/8/68
Konowalchuk, Steve.6-2 210 11/11/72
Metropolit, Glen…6-0 185 6/25/74
Murphy, Joe……..6-1 190 10/16/67
Murphy, Mark……5-11 195 8/6/76
Nelson, Jeff…….6-0 190 12/18/72
Nikolishin, Andrei.6-0 215 3/25/73
Oates, Adam…….5-10 180 8/27/62
Peluso, MIke…….6-1 200 9/2/74
Pettinger, Matt….6-1 205 10/22/80
Pitirri, Rich……6-0 204 1/1/78
Richer, Stephane…6-2 215 6/7/66
Sacco, Joe………6-1 190 2/4/69
Schutz, Derek……6-2 200 3/5/79
Shmyr, Jason…….6-4 220 7/27/75
Siklenka, Mike…..6-5 224 12/18/79
Simon, Chris…….6-4 235 1/30/72
Sivek, Michal……6-3 210 1/21/81
Stephens, Charlie..6-4 225 4/5/81
Sutherby, Brian….6-2 178 3/1/82
Tvdon, Roman…….6-1 189 1/29/81
Ustorf, Stefan…..6-0 195 1/3/74
Whitfield, Trent..5-11 199 6/17/77
Yake, Terry…….5-11 185 10/22/68
Zednik, Richard….6-1 199 1/6/76

DEFENSEMEN

PLAYER………….HT WT BORN
Adams, Gerad…….6-0 200 5/3/78
Boileau, Patrick…6-0 190 2/22/75
Cote, Sylvain……6-0 190 1/19/66
Cutta, Jakub…….6-3 195 12/29/81
Farrell, Mike……6-2 215 10/20/78
Ficenec, Jakub….5-11 198 2/11/77
Forster, Nathan….6-1 195 7/3/80
Fortin, J.F……..6-2 190 3/15/79
Gonchar, Sergei….6-2 190 4/13/74
Huscroft, Jamie….6-2 200 1/9/67
Johansson, Calle…6-2 200 2/14/67
Klee, Ken……….6-1 205 4/24/71
Lupaschuk, Ross….6-1 211 1/19/81
Mironov, Dmitri….6-3 215 12/25/65
Nord, Bjorn……..6-1 193 4/5/72
Peat, Stephen……6-3 210 3/10/80
Reekie, Joe……..6-3 225 2/22/65
Rohloff, Todd……6-3 213 1/16/74
Royer, Remi……..6-2 185 2/12/78
Shadilov, Igor…..6-2 187 6/7/80
Shirreffs, Steve…6-3 220 2/18/76
Tezikov, Alexei….6-1 208 6/22/78
Van Buskirk, Ryan..6-1 190 1/12/80
Witt, Brendan……6-2 224 2/20/75
Yonkman, Nolan…..6-6 215 4/1/81
Zettler, Rob…….6-3 199 3/8/68

GOALTENDERS

PLAYER……………….HT WT BORN
Barlow, Tim………….5-11 172 1/17/80
Billington, Craig…….5-10 170 9/11/66
Charpentier, Sebastien…5-9 180 4/18/77
Cruickshank, Curtis……6-2 218 3/21/79
Kolzig, Olaf………….6-3 225 4/9/70
Stana, Rastislav………6-2 175 1/10/80

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