The Washington Capitals have learned their 2014-15 regular-season schedule, announced Sunday afternoon by the NHL It begins Oct. 9 versus the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center and includes four home contests over the first five games. The 82-game slate also features the Winter Classic at 1 p.m. Jan. 1, against the Chicago Blackhawks. The location for the annual outdoor game appears to be Nationals Park, though sources have indicated that the NHL and the Nationals organization are currently finalizing negotiations to use the stadium. After hosting the Canadiens, runners-up to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference last season, the Capitals briefly hit the road Oct. 11 at Boston before hosting San Jose, New Jersey and Florida in mid-October. Their longest road trip is scheduled for February, a four-game swing at San Jose (Feb. 11), Los Angeles (Feb. 14), Anaheim (Feb. 15) and Pittsburgh (Feb. 17). Washington has 16 back-to-backs, compared with 14 last season, and has a five-game home stretch in March against Minnesota (March 5), Buffalo (March 7), Rangers (March 11), Dallas (March 13) and Boston (March 15).
—Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post
Hereford boys lacrosse coach heads to John Carroll
Hereford boys lacrosse coach Brian King, who led the Bulls to five Class 3A-2A state titles in six years, has resigned and accepted the same position at John Carroll. In addition to taking over the lacrosse program at John Carroll, King was named an assistant athletic director and assistant admissions director. King went 112-10 in his six seasons at Hereford. He guided the Bulls to five straight championships before they fell to Kent Island, 8-6, in this year's final to finish at 17-4 overall. Hereford has won a state-record nine state championships. When the Bulls won in 2013, they also set a new state mark with six straight titles. While it was difficult to leave the program he built into a perennial state power, King said the opportunity at John Carroll was too good to pass up, adding that he Stephanieis impressed with the talent pool of lacrosse players in Harford County. "I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity I had at Hereford. The community was always very supportive, and I'm very proud of my time there," King said. "That made the decision that much harder."