Capitals Insider: Sochi


Posted at 02:03 AM ET, 03/15/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 win over Vancouver

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win over Vancouver.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:03 AM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Canucks, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Five thoughts, Groin injuries, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Nicklas Backstrom will receive silver medal from Sochi Olympics

After being held out of the gold-medal game for testing positive for a banned substance found in his allergy medication, Backstrom will receive his silver medal.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Marcus Johansson rejoins Capitals, expects to play against Panthers

The last of the Capitals’ Olympians has finally rejoined the team.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:19 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcus Johansson, Sochi 2014

Posted at 07:12 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Martin Erat’s newborn daughter overshadows his early Olympic exit

The veteran forward’s second child, Victoria Bella, was born on Feb. 19 while he was in Sochi.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:12 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martin Erat, Sochi 2014

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Alex Ovechkin on Olympic disappointment: ‘I have to handle it. I have to fight through it’

Capitals star appears upbeat after he returns to practice with Washington.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:08 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Sochi 2014

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Nicklas Backstrom trying to focus on Capitals amid fallout from failed IOC doping test

The Caps’ center says he won’t know for two weeks whether he gets his silver medal from Sochi.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:24 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martin Erat, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom back on the ice for Capitals’ practice

Four of the Caps’ five Olympians are back at practice offering a look at what to expect when the season starts back up.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Martin Erat, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update, Sochi 2014

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Alex Ovechkin is traveling back to Washington

The Caps’ Olympians are all on their way back to Arlington, though, Marcus Johansson will be delayed.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:32 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson, Sochi 2014

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Should NHL players continue to participate in the Olympics?

The debate on whether NHL players should continue playing in the Olympics is at full steam.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:07 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gary Bettman, George McPhee, Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018, Sochi 2014

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Updated: Nicklas Backstrom sits out gold-medal game after testing positive for banned substance

The Caps’ center violated the IOC’s anti-doping policy because of a substance found in his allergy medication.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:05 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Caps in limbo between Olympic break, NHL stretch run

With so many practice days before the Caps play again, Adam Oates is trying to not overwhelm players in the early stages.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:25 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Sochi 2014

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 02/09/2014

Oates’ Olympic advice to Ovechkin: ‘Be the fastest, hardest working guy’

With so much pressure on Ovechkin and the Russian men’s hockey team, Oates wants the star winger to focus on what he can control.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:01 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Russian Olympic team, Sochi 2014

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/09/2014

Capitals hope Olympics ‘energize’ John Carlson

It’s been a grueling season for the Caps’ defenseman but Coach Adam Oates isn’t worried about the Olympics having a negative impact.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, John Carlson, Sochi 2014, U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, USA Hockey

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Which Capitals can play in the AHL during the Olympic break?

Here’s an explainer on which Capitals can and can’t play in the AHL during the NHL’s two-week Olympic break.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:59 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AHL, Casey Wellman, connor carrick, Dmitry Orlov, Hershey Bears, Jack Hillen, Julien Brouillette, NHL Olympic Break, Patrick Wey, Roster moves, Sochi 2014

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Marcus Johansson named to Swedish Olympic team as injury replacement

The 23-year-old forward will be the fifth Capital making a trip to Sochi for the Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:56 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcus Johansson, Sochi 2014, Swedish Olympic team

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Martin Erat named to Czech Olympic team as injury replacement

In the middle of a tough NHL season, Erat gets some good news in that he will be playing for the Czech Republic in Sochi.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Czech Olympic team, Martin Erat, Sochi 2014

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Capitals’ Olympians not overly concerned about safety in Sochi

Around the NHL players are voicing their concerns about the security at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:11 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Alex Ovechkin appears on ‘Today Show’

Ovechkin tells Today Show that Sochi ‘won’t be dangerous.’

By Chelsea Janes  |  12:51 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Sochi Olympics

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Alex Ovechkin to make “Today Show” appearance

Watch out morning television, Ovi’s coming.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  10:21 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Sochi 2014

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin named to Russian Olympic team

Washington’s star right wing will appear in his third Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:44 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Russian Olympic team, Sochi 2014

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Nicklas Backstrom named to Swedish Olympic team

Washington’s top center will make his second Olympic appearance.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:18 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014, Swedish Olympic team

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Capitals won’t retool struggling penalty kill

Penalty killers are focusing on preventing shots from getting through, rather than traffic in front.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Czech Olympic team, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Martin Erat, Michal Neuvirth, Penalty Kill, Sochi 2014

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 01/01/2014

Capitals’ John Carlson named to 2014 U.S. Olympic team (updated)

The Capitals defenseman will represent the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:57 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, John Carlson, Sochi 2014, U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, USA Hockey

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Alex Ovechkin expresses sympathy for Russian bombing victims

The star winger remains confident that Russia will be able to safeguard the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics, Sochi 2014

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 11/27/2013

Rockville native Haley Skarupa outproduces her Olympian peers

Despite exceeding expectations at every level she has played, Rockville’s Haley Skarupa was still left off the 2014 Olympic squad headed to Sochi in favor of more seasoned veterans.

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:07 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sochi 2014, Statistical analysis, Women's hockey

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Road to Sochi: A 'wakeup call' for Jamie Benn

Stars captain Jamie Benn wants to show Hockey Canadait would be a mistake to leave him off the roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hockey Canada, Jamie Benn, Road to Sochi, Sochi 2014

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Alex Ovechkin carries Olympic torch (updated with video)

While the Caps were wrapping up the preseason, Ovechkin took part in a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:22 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Sochi 2014

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Alex Ovechkin to be first Russian Olympic torchbearer (updated)

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin will be the first Russian torchbearer for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:01 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics, Sochi 2014

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Alex Ovechkin on Olympic torch relay, Ilya Kovalchuk and more

Highlights from Alex Ovechkin’s interview with local reporters Tuesday morning.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:26 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Injuries, Sochi 2014

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Alex Ovechkin won’t miss any Caps games for Olympic torch relay (updated)

Alex Ovechkin has been invited to take part in the early stages of the Olympic torch relay in Olympia, Greece.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:39 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Sochi 2014

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Adaptations to larger ice key for U.S. in Sochi

The U.S. failed to medal in both the 2006 Olympics in Turin and 1998 Olympics in Nagano where games were played on the larger, international ice surface.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:13 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Patrick Kane, Ryan Miller, Sochi 2014

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 08/27/2013

USA Hockey’s Sochi 2014 jerseys unveiled

The Nike jerseys have a neckline inscription that reads, "Land of the free, home of the brave."

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  11:55 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sochi 2014

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Mike Green: 'I've developed a lot' since missing the cut for 2010 Olympics

Mike Green believes he's in better position to challenge for an Olympic roster spot, but an abundance of right-handed defensemen won't help his cause.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:44 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Green, Sochi 2014

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 08/26/2013

David Backes, Sidney Crosby, other NHLers speak out against Russia's anti-gay law

Several NHL players have voiced dissent of Russia's anti-gay law that has made the 2014 Olympics a political flashpoint.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:39 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Backes, Sidney Crosby, Sochi 2014, Zach Parise

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/26/2013

No skating, just team-building at U.S. Olympic camp

No hockey federations had players skate at Olympic orientation camps this summer, but Capitals defensemen John Carlson and Karl Alzner say it might not matter too much.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Sochi 2014, USA Hockey

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Karl Alzner determined to prove he belongs on Canada's Olympic team

Karl Alzner understands he's by no means a lock to make Canada's roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but he's ready to show he belongs on the roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Alzner, Sochi 2014, Team Canada

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 07/24/2013

USA Hockey focused on Sochi and future at Olympic camp

USA Hockey wants to give young players a glimpse of Olympic preparations at orientation camp.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:52 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Poile, John Carlson, Sochi 2014, USA Hockey

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 07/22/2013

USA Hockey sets Olympic camp roster

Check out the full list of invitees to US Olympic camp, which will be Aug. 26-27 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:10 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sochi 2014, USA Hockey

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Holtby, Green, Alzner invited to Canada's Olympic camp; Carlson, to U.S. camp; Ovechkin, Kuznetsov among Russia invitees

Three Caps are among the 47 invitees to Hockey Canada's orientation camp ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:28 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Sochi 2014, USA Hockey

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 07/19/2013

No on-ice practices at USA Hockey Olympic camp

Players will not take part in on-ice practices at the USA Hockey Olympic orientation camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in August.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:27 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sochi 2014, USA Hockey

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 07/19/2013

NHL players will participate in 2014 Sochi Olympics

It's official: NHL players will participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:22 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics, Sochi 2014

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 07/19/2013

NHL waiting on Olympic agreement to release schedule

The NHL will not release the 2013-14 schedule until an agreement on Olympic participation has been reached.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:37 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Schedule, Sochi 2014

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 06/29/2013

Capitals' practice facility to host 2014 U.S. Olympic men's team camp

USA Hockey announced Saturday that it will hold orientation camp for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men's national team at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:34 PM ET, 06/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sochi 2014, U.S. Olympic men's hockey team

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos on why NHL players should participate in the Olympics

Comments from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos on why NHLers should take part in the Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom Steve Yzerman, Olympics, Sochi 2014, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Adam Oates doesn't think NHL players should participate in Olympics

Caps Coach Adam Oates says he doesn't think NHL players should be allowed to take part in the Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:09 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Olympics, Sochi 2014