The Washington Capitals‘ preseason schedule is stacked as far as exhibition games go, with two entertaining battles against this year’s Stanley Cup finalists taking place in the region. This slate will be highlighted by battles with the Chicago Blackhawks at the Verizon Center on Sept. 20 and against the Boston Bruins in Baltimore on Sept. 17.
These foes also comprise two of the past three champions, a position the Caps have looked bound for over the years but never quite materialized. However, Washington can hold their hat on being the last Eastern Conference team to bounce Boston from the postseason; a proud franchise that has been to the finals twice since 2011.
“We look forward to participating in this season’s Kraft Hockeyville event in Stirling-Rawdon, Ont.,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said, via NHL.com. “This game represents an opportunity for NHL teams to return to their roots and give back to the communities that support them while continuing to build our great game.”
It will also probably earn them a few brownie points with the commish.
“The National Hockey League is proud to conduct Kraft Hockeyville and is absolutely delighted that this unique initiative will resume in September,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, via the league website. “I already have congratulated Stirling-Rawdon for its passion and spirit; today I applaud its patience and look forward to the excitement the community will enjoy when the Jets and Capitals take the ice in the Kraft Hockeyville game that always is a highlight of our preseason.”