North Charleston, SC – Five Stingrays players and two staff members are traveling north for the Washington Capitals Development Camp that runs from July 12-17 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA.The camp features recent Capitals draft picks, select rookie players and other prospects and includes on- and off-ice workouts led by Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau and his staff.
Stingrays Head Coach Cail MacLean and Equipment Manager John Williams join the Capitals staff for the week while forwards Jake Hauswirth, Trevor Bruess, David deKastrozza, defenseman Joe Finley and goaltender Braden Holtby are members of the 23-man prospects roster.
"Summer development camp is a great learning opportunity,” said MacLean. “I am able to gain insight on the young talent in the Washington organization. I can see the progress of players who have played in South Carolina and familiarize myself with players that may be in South Carolina in the future. At the same time, I am able to develop as I watch high quality coaches teach the pro game." This will be MacLean’s second camp with the Capitals. For Williams, it is his third camp working with the Capitals equipment staff.
Hauswirth, 22, signed with Washington as a free agent on May 26, 2009 and spent his rookie season with the Stingrays. The Houghton, MI native finished fifth on the Stingrays with 44 points (17g-27a). Bruess, 24, also signed with the Capitals as a free agent on March 20, 2009 and split his rookie campaign between Hershey and South Carolina. A native of Minneapolis, MN, Bruess netted a goal and an assist in 14 games with the Bears and 25 points with the Stingrays (8g-17a) including his first professional hat trick on January 17 against the Gwinnett Gladiators.
deKastrozza, 23, earned two assists with the Stingrays in three regular season games and four playoff contests. The Toms River, NJ native joined the Stingrays after completing his senior season with the University of Maine. While with the Black Bears, deKastrozza potted 26 points (9g-17a) in 85 games. Finley, 23, missed all but 17 games during the 2009-10 season due to injury, but still registered a goal and four assists. A firstround draft pick (27 overall) by the Capitals in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Finley scored his first professional goal with the Stingrays on October 24 vs. Gwinnett.
Holtby, 20, was a member of the 2010 ECHL All-Star Team and the 2010 Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears. Selected in the fourth round (93 overall) by the Capitals in 2008, Holtby appeared in 13 games for the Stingrays going 7-2-3 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. The Lloydminster, SK native led the Bears in wins (24) and led all American Hockey League rookie goaltenders with a 2.32 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Mark your Calendars – The Stingrays Opening Weekend is set for Friday, October 15, Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17. Friday night, the Stingrays drop the puck on their 18th season of hockey in the Low Country against the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:05 p.m at North Charleston Coliseum. It’s FREE PARKING Night and Magnetic Schedules Giveaway, courtesy of Comcast. The Rays welcome the Kalamazoo Wings for two games on Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:05 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
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