The Capitals’ first trip to Edmonton since Dec. 19, 2009 is also a homecoming for Jason Chimera, the only native of the Alberta city on the roster, as the team prepares to take on the Oilers Thursday night.
Chimera, 32, hasn’t faced his hometown team since Oct. 22, 2009 when he was still a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, so it will be an opportunity for his family to see him play on the rink where he used to skate as a mini mite.
“I used to be one of those kids that played, the little mites during the intermission, I was one of those kids that played out there and got a chance to do that,” Chimera said Tuesday before the team departed for Edmonton. “It’s fun to go back there and play. It’s still the same rink that you skated on when you were a young kid, so it’s fun going back there.”
It’s also the same ice that Chimera skated on as part of the Oilers organization from 2000-01 to 2003-04. Chimera played 130 regular season games and recorded 19 goals and 17 assists in Edmonton.
But he’s now seven seasons and two teams removed from that time as an Oiler, and Chimera is looking forward to playing well in Edmonton, where his parents still live in the house he grew up in.
“I think it’ll be nice to get in there today,” Chimera said, “go out to dinner a couple times with them and [they’ll] come watch the game, that will be fun.”