Hear all the action from opening night through the Stanley Cup playoffs on the Capitals Radio Network. John Walton calls the play-by-play, with former Caps defenseman Ken Sabourin providing color commentary at home games. WashCaps.com senior writer and Caps insider Mike Vogel joins John at first intermission for analysis and insight, and Ben Raby is the network's studio and intermission host. Don't miss a minute of the action all season long on the Capitals Radio Network!
In addition to game broadcasts, Saturday Night Caps is the signature weekly show of the Capitals Radio Network. Hosted by John Walton and Ben Raby, the show also features weekly reports from WashCaps.com senior writer Mike Vogel. The show airs one hour before puck drop on Saturday game nights, and from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays that the Capitals are off during the season. For an in-depth examination of all things Washington Capitals, catch Saturday Night Caps all season long on the Capitals Radio Network.
John Walton enters his second season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Washington Capitals, and also serves as the team's Director of Broadcasting. In addition to radio play-by-play, Walton also hosts video coverage on the team’s website on Caps365 at WashingtonCaps.com.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Walton, 39, was the Senior Manager of Communications for Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, where he called the action for the Bears for nine seasons. He called his 1,000th AHL broadcast on Jan. 26, 2011 against Springfield at Giant Center.
In addition to his play-by-play work for the Capitals, Walton also does television play-by-play for college hockey on the NBC Sports Network. In 2011-12, Walton broadcast the Hockey East Tournament from TD Garden in Boston, as well as several other games on NBC’s “Friday Night Ice.”
Walton called three Calder Cup championship seasons for the Bears in 2006, 2009 and 2010 with the 2010 telecast of Hershey's win over the Texas Stars featuring his play-by-play work. The game was carried nationwide by NHL Network, and also shown live locally on Comcast SportsNet. He served as the sideline reporter, alongside Mike "Doc" Emrick and Craig Laughlin, for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic, televised to a national audience.
In addition to hockey, Walton served as the public address announcer for the Cincinnati Reds from 1996-2002 at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field. He announced over 500 Major League Baseball games during his time in the Queen City, including the 1999 one-game playoff between the Reds and the New York Mets. During his time in Cincinnati, he was also the first play-by-play voice of the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks from 1997-2000 and also served as a sports anchor for 700 WLW Radio, the region's top news/talk station.
Walton began his hockey play-by-play career at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was the Voice of the Redskins from 1994 - 1996, and also announced football and basketball at WRBI-FM 103.9 in Batesville, Indiana in 1996. In addition to sports, Walton was also a disc jockey at 97 X, WOXY-FM in Oxford, a station recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine four times in the 1990's as one of the magazine's "15 Best Radio Stations".
During his college days, Walton was sports director of Miami University's WMSR-AM and worked at the station with current Fox Sports host Chris Rose and current St. Louis Blues broadcaster Chris Kerber.
Ken Sabourin returns to the Capitals' broadcast team for his ninth year providing insightful analysis for radio coverage of home games. Sabourin joined the team in 2002-03.
A player for five years in the NHL and a defenseman for Washington during the 1990-91 and ’91-92 campaigns, Sabourin retired from professional hockey following the 1998-99 season. In 74 games with Washington and Calgary, the native of Scarborough, Ontario, recorded two goals and eight assists, including five points in 28 games for the Capitals in 1990-91. In 47 games over his two seasons with Washington, Sabourin recorded one goal and four assists while registering 129 penalty minutes. While playing for Calgary in 1988-89, Sabourin appeared in one playoff game en route to the Flames’ Stanley Cup title.
Drafted by Calgary in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1984 Entry Draft, Sabourin continued his hockey involvement following his playing career by serving as an analyst for the Sunshine Network’s coverage of the now-defunct Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League. He remains active in area youth hockey and with the Capitals alumni group.
WashingtonCaps.com Senior Writer
Mike Vogel started covering the Capitals at the outset of the 1995-96 season and is now beginning his 17th season of covering hockey in Washington. He has been in his current position with WashingtonCaps.com since the start of the 1999-00 season.
In addition to providing most of the written content on the team's official Web site, Vogel has hosted the longest continuously running podcast in the NHL, Capitals Report, which debuted in March of 2002. Vogel also hosts Pre-Cap, the Caps' official pre-game podcast and Two-Man Advantage, the video pregame show for the Web and Verizon Center. Pre-Cap began its run at the outset of the 2005-06 season and 'Two-Man Advantage' debuted in 2007-08.
Vogel hosts an interview segment on the Capitals' television show, 'Caps Red Line,' and has contributed color analysis to the team's road pre-season games since 2003.
A native of Lansing, Michigan, Vogel grew up in the greater Boston and Chicago areas. He received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.
Ben Raby is entering his third season along the Capitals Radio Network with an expanded role as studio host for the 2011-12 season. Since arriving in D.C. in 2009, Raby has also appeared on WJFK’s 106.7 The Fan and covered the Capitals for CSNwashington.com, nhl.com and Canada’s National Post.
Raby began his broadcasting career in Montreal with a four year stint at The Team 990 covering the CFL’s Alouettes and later hosting the Canadiens weekend postgame shows.
Raby has also worked in television as a sports reporter with CTV Montreal, and as a writer and story editor for TSN’s Sportscentre.
The Montreal native grew up watching Hockey Night in Canada and cheering on ‘Les Canadiens.’ Among his greatest sports memories was attending the final game at The Montreal Forum, March 11, 1996.
Raby earned his Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is also a proud alum of Montreal’s Concordia University.