by Madison Bowey
This camp has been a great experience for myself. I definitely know what I have to improve on now, and know what I have to do to get better and make it to the next level. All around, it was a great experience and I loved it.
I met a bunch of new guys on this trip. Especially the [Western Hockey League] guys, I hadn’t met them yet and now I’ve met all the ones that were at camp this week. It was nice meeting some new American hockey players that I hadn’t met yet, either. Even Andre [Burakovsky], the Swede [first-round Capitals] draft pick, I was finally able to meet him. Meeting new guys and seeing new faces is always good, so that was a great part of this week.
I think the Red Team came out pretty well today. We had a really good start, had a little bit of a slow second, but I think the third was really good, finishing off strong and that’s how we won the game. I think it was an all-around great game by the team.
For the rest of the summer, I’m going to be training really hard, on and off the ice, up in Winnipeg. I’m coming to the Capitals Rookie camp in September, and hopefully I can have a good showing there. That’s really all I’m going to be doing – training and having a little bit of down time.
I’m getting out of here right away – actually I have to catch the bus for the airport at 1:30 p.m., so I’ll be out of here pretty soon.
By Riley BarberI had a lot of fun this week at camp. It was especially awesome to see the guys that I had become pretty good friends with at last year’s camp. It’s really been a blast all week – played some good games and had some fun in the down time as well.
I met a lot of new guys, and became closer with some of the guys I had already met, so that was definitely good. It’s a lot of fun. You get to see new people. They’re all hockey guys, so they’re all fun. Me and some of the other guys from camp continue to keep in touch throughout our seasons and try to meet up with each other whenever we can. I Facebook [Taylor] Stefishen all the time, so we try and meet up when we’re in the same place.
For the rest of the summer, I’m going to go back to Michigan to work out for a couple weeks, and then go to World Junior camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Actually, a couple other guys from camp will be there. [Tom] Wilson for Canada, and [Connor] Carrick for the USA team. Then after that, I’ll go back home for a couple more weeks then head back to Miami [University of Ohio] for school.
By Riley Barber
We had a pretty relaxing day today. We got up early and had a nice quick skate, had lunch and then got ready for the scrimmage. It was good to have a relaxing type of day before the game rather than having a workout before.
Today’s scrimmage was definitely more high-paced than the one yesterday. I think today, most of the guys weren’t as nervous as yesterday. So overall, we were making better plays today. We’ve played well to get two wins so far so hopefully we can keep it going.
During the times where we haven’t had that much going on I’ve pretty much been hanging out in my teammate, [Chris] Joyaux’s, room and watching a few movies. HBO is usually the go-to [channel]. We’ve also been walking around the [Ballston] Mall a bit.
I haven’t had enough free time to visit downtown D.C. on this trip yet but I was able to go down there after the camp last year, so I’ve seen the monuments before.
By Madison Bowey
The scrimmage yesterday was pretty good, pretty competitive, so I like that a lot. It was fast paced and [the red team] got pretty dominated out there, so hopefully we can get some revenge [in the scrimmage] today. But I mean, it was nice playing a game for the first time in a while and having that competitive level again was definitely good. I enjoyed it a lot, and hopefully the next three games we can play better.
It was a little tough getting used to the game speed, because I haven’t played in a game since late April. Passes were a little off, so that was a little tough, but after the first two periods I was feeling pretty good. The first game’s under my belt, so now I’ll be able to play better in the upcoming scrimmages.
It was definitely a little weird playing against guys who are our friends and essentially teammates, especially since we change in the same dressing room, even in between periods. That was definitely a little different but it was still really competitive since we’re all here trying to make the best impression.
It’s kind of surreal playing in front of [George McPhee and Adam Oates], I must say, but it’s not too nerve racking. I just have to play my game and that’s how I’m going to make the team eventually.
I haven’t been able to make it downtown and see the city and the monuments, besides the Nats game I went to [on Saturday night], so I may try and do that if I have enough free time, but I may have to wait until my next trip down here. I have a little break before this afternoon’s scrimmage so I’ll get some lunch now and then get a quick nap in so I’m ready to play.
Sam Anas Q&A Interview – Development Camp Day 3 – 7/10/13
by Aron Wegner
Q: How and why did you get involved in hockey?
A: I started playing hockey when I was two years old – shooting around with my little hockey stick in the kitchen. My dad got me into it. He’s from Canada, and he played when he was growing up as well as in college, so he was definitely the major influence that got me involved with hockey.
Q: Which teams did you play for as a kid around the area?
A: I started out playing for the Chevy Chase Club hockey team and then moved on to the Washington Little Capitals. After a couple years I began playing for Team Maryland. One year I didn’t make the Triple-A Team Maryland team so I ended up playing for Montgomery [Youth Hockey Blue Devils] for two years. I went back to Team Maryland for a year and then finally played for the DC Capitals before I began playing juniors. During high school I played for Landon.
Q: You’re going to play for Quinnipiac University – how did the recruiting process go?
A: It was mainly my senior year in high school when I began getting heavily recruited through my travel team, the DC Capitals. One of my coaches had a good connection with the Quinnipiac coach and they started showing some interest in me. So I went and visited the school and loved it, then got an offer on New Year’s Eve, which was pretty cool, and committed within a week. I’m very excited to get started there this fall.
Q: You took two years off after high school to play junior hockey. Can you talk about what that experience was like?
A: It was awesome. It couldn’t have been a better experience. My first year, my roommates were the captain and the assistant captain, and they made it so easy on me. My billet family was great and I actually ended up living with them for my second year as well. My coaches were awesome there, and the head coach was the one that really helped me get into this camp. I couldn’t be more thankful for that. This past season we had a good run – we ended up losing in the conference finals, but we had a great season overall. Mainly the guys too, we were just so close and it was a great group.
Q: What was the draft process like for juniors?
A: I was actually doing my senior project for Landon during the day of the draft. I was riding the metro to downtown D.C. because my project was helping out at an elementary school down there. And as you know, service on the metro isn’t always the best, so we kind of hit a spot where there was no service and then we got off at the next exit so my phone was blowing up saying that I got drafted. I was kind of hoping I would be drafted by Youngstown [Phantoms] because they’re the closest team to home and I also had skated with them once already during the season and the coach and GM really seemed to like me.
Q: Have you noticed a big climb in youth hockey around the area since the mid 2000’s?
A: Definitely. It’s certainly growing. I mean growing up, there weren’t as many competitive triple-A players but now [there are a lot]. In the summer, I train at Pinnacle Performance, run by one of my old coaches, and now we’ve got about 10 division one hockey players. I think it all started with Ovechkin, when he got drafted. There’s just been so much excitement around D.C. with the Caps arguably being the top team, at least in the past few years with the Redskins down a bit, and it’s great to see everyone “Rockin’ the Red.” Everyone loves it so much, it’s just awesome.
Q: You made the Sportscenter Top 10 Highlight Reel this year for a goal you scored in the shootout. How was that experience?
A: It was really exciting. It was a shootout move, and our media guy [for the Youngstown Phantoms] was telling me that I may make it on [Sportscenter Top 10]. I wasn’t really expecting it, and then I woke up and checked my phone just to see what time it was and saw that I had a bunch of texts congratulating me on making Sportscenter. That was pretty cool seeing myself on Sportscenter because I already watch it every morning , so yeah that was definitely a cool experience.
Q: What is one thing you are doing now that you never imagined you would be doing at this age.
A: Haha, I’d guess I would say going to be a freshman in college [at the age of 20]. Growing up, I never imagined taking time off after high school and my classmates in high school being two years ahead of me and the kids two years below me would be my classmates.
Q: As a local kid here at the Development Camp, a lot of young hockey players are going to look up to you. What advice would you give kids who want to be in your position later on?
A: A lot of kids think to go the prep school, but for me I loved staying in town, getting to play for my high school, getting to play in front of all my friends, and got to play for a great coach here. The programs around here are great now, and you don’t have to be from Boston or Minnesota to go play division 1 hockey, you can do it from playing in Maryland. So I think, everyone should stay around here and brings up the talent in the area.
Andre Burakovsky Press Conference at Capitals Development Camp 7/9/13
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