Tickets For Convention Nearly Sold Out
Fewer than 350 tickets remain for Sept. 26 Capitals Convention
With August almost behind us, we are now less than a month away from the first Capitals Convention. The inaugural convention will be held at the Gaylord National Convention Center and Resort in Oxon Hill, Md. on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. for season-ticket holders and 10 a.m. for the general public to 8 p.m. Fewer than 350 tickets remain, so if you’re planning on attending, the time to buy your tickets is now.
Among the confirmed alumni attendees are Kelly Miller, Rod Langway, Dennis Maruk and Al Iafrate.
Miller played 940 games with the Caps, third on the team’s all-time list. A Selke Trophy finalist in 1992-92, Miller played in 322 consecutive games for the Caps, the second longest streak in franchise history.
Langway is a Hockey Hall of Famer who remains the only Caps defenseman ever to win the Norris Trophy; he won it in 1983 and 1984. Obtained from the Montreal Canadiens in a September 1982 deal that is often credited with saving hockey in Washington, Langway played in 726 games with the Caps during his 11 seasons in the District.
Maruk still holds the single-season team record for most points (136) and assists (76); he set both marks in 1981-82. Along with Mike Gartner and Ryan Walter, Maruk was a member of the “Roaring 20s” line in the early 1980s. In 1981-82 Maruk became the first Caps player ever to record 100 or more points in a season.
Iafrate was one of three Caps defensemen to score 20 or more goals during the 1992-93 season. No other NHL team has ever matched that feat. One of the most popular players during his days in the District, Iafrate hosted a weekly rock ’n roll show on a local radio station during his time with the Caps. Iafrate was known for his hard shot, a blast that was clocked at 105.2 mph at the 1993 NHL SuperSkills competition.
A host of other former Caps will be in attendance at the convention as will NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and Caps majority owner Ted Leonsis. The entire edition of the 2009-10 Capitals will also be present at the convention, along with the team’s coaches.
One of the most highly anticipated features of the Capitals Convention is a full slate of panel discussions. Five of those panel discussions are confirmed:
Kids Press Conference – A press conference setting for kids only where youngsters will be able to ask any questions they like of the paneled players.
The 2009-10 Capitals – Straight from coach Bruce Boudreau, you can get a rundown of the 2009-10 model Washington Capitals just days before the team takes the ice for the season opener.
Ted’s Take – Hear about the Caps on and off the ice from one of the most accessible and personable owners in all of pro sports.
Let’s Make A Deal – Caps general manager George McPhee and team president Dick Patrick will head up this panel, one that dissects the ins and outs of making trades in today’s NHL.
In addition to the confirmed panel discussions, several more will be added based on the preferences of fans. Voting for other panels is ongoing right now at WashingtonCaps.com, and fans have until Sunday, Aug. 30 to record their votes for as many as five of 17 other possible panel discussions.
Here are the top five current vote-getters among other possible panel discussions:
You Make The Call – So you've expressed your frustration at the referees, knowing that you've seen a play unfold differently than their set of eyes. But are you really that smart? Get a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the NHL's officiating, and hear examples of why some calls were made and others weren't. You might be fascinated by what you'll learn.
Behind The Bench – Evaluating the game as it unfolds. Matching lines and defensive pairings. Managing the bench and ice-time. Let assistant coaches Dean Evason and Bob Woods take you behind the bench as they share conversations that take place during a game.
Quirky – Goalies are known to march to their own beat, or are they just misunderstood? And what goes into painting that mask, and what is equipment really like? Hear from a Vezina Trophy winner and a rookie.
Droppin’ The Gloves – "Let's go" means something different to these guys. Hear from players who had more than their fair share of fighting majors. When did they determine it was time to fight and when was it appropriate to walk away? Who were the toughest players in the NHL? They recall a few of their more memorable dust-ups.
Stitches, Sticks, Strength and Stories -- Hear from the athletic trainers, equipment managers and strength coach. How do they deal with injuries during a game? What does today's equipment look and feel like? What conditioning schedule is maintained in the off-season and how does it compare with in-season workouts?