Winter Classic game vs. Chicago highlights Caps' schedule for 2014-15

June 23, 2014|Sports Digest

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

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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."

Glenn Graham

Indoor football: Former players from Army and Navy will meet in the second annual Army Veterans vs. Navy Veterans arena football game Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania. The game will begin at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3. Some of the notable players expected to suit up for Navy include quarterback Ricky Dobbs (Class of 2011), linebacker DJ Sargenti ('14) and slotback Marcus Thomas ('14). Navy won last year's game, 40-38.

Youth basketball: The 10th Annual E.J. Henderson Youth Basketball Tournament will be held Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aberdeen middle and high schools. Hosted by Aberdeen alumnus and former Maryland and Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, the event is free and open to area youth from third grade to 12th grade.

Club lacrosse: Team registrations are being accepted for the Summer Breeze Boys Club Lacrosse Tournament, scheduled for July 18-20 in Westminster. The event is open to all teams in the Mid-Atlantic region, and competition is available in the AA, A & B level brackets. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games. Additional information is available at usamateursports.com/summer_breeze or by e-mailing mark_slater@attach.net or mascom13@aol.com.

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