"I felt we made a mistake in building a baseball field. I thought that should have been the ice skating rink, because I think hockey in this state right now, not just hockey, but ice skating, if you come up to our office building at 6:00 in the morning, some mornings you can't get a parking spot because parents have taken their kids up here to skate...I think hockey will be a great addition to our intercollegiate program. [The Pegula gift] is a great, great gift. And I think very far-sighted and I'm really pleased with it." - Joe Paterno

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Koudys Becomes Fifth Development Camper


Junior defenseman Patrick Koudys will attend the Washington Capitals Development Camp July 8th through 13th at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA, according to a team release.

Koudys' invitation was expected as he was a 2011 draft choice of the Caps, and on- and off-ice instruction of a team's prospects is, by and large, why these camps exist. He joins Casey Bailey (Bruins) and Matt Skoff (Flyers), who were both announced as free agent invites to camps on Wednesday. Eamon McAdam (Islanders) and Mike Williamson (Canucks) have also confirmed that they will attend the camps of the teams that drafted them on Sunday.

Washington's camp guide offers this tidy Koudys bio:
D (51) – Patrick Koudys – Drafted by WSH in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft Koudys posted one goal and 14 assists in 64 games in his first season with Muskegon of the USHL. His 95 penalty minutes ranked second on the team. He plans to attend Penn State University in the fall.
More thoroughly, Koudys was playing in Muskegon to cover his NCAA-required sit-out year after transferring from RPI, where he played 58 games from 2010-2012 - including on the Engineers' NCAA Tournament team in 2011. Prior to his two collegiate seasons, the stay-at-home defenseman played for the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL in 2009-2010, where he teamed up with Nittany Lions sophomore Luke Juha. Koudys will have two years of eligibility remaining to use at Penn State.

As with the Flyers and Bruins camps, on-ice sessions are open to the public. Here's the schedule of events, with all times subject to change. It has not yet been specified whether Koudys will play for Team White or Team Red.

Monday, July 8

9:00 a.m.: Team White on ice (testing)
10:45 a.m.: Team Red on ice (testing)
2:30 p.m.: Team White on ice
3:30 p.m.: Team White media avail.
4:00 p.m.: Team Red on ice
5:00 p.m.: Team Red media avail.
5:15 p.m.: Adam Oates media avail.

Tuesday, July 9

9:15 a.m.: Team Red on ice
10:15 a.m.: Team Red media avail.
10:50 a.m.: Team White on ice
11:50 a.m.: Team White media avail.

Wednesday, July 10

9:00 a.m.: Team Red on ice
10:30 a.m.: Team White on ice
3:45 p.m.: Intrasquad scrimmage
5:15 p.m.: Media availability

Thursday, July 11

9:00 a.m.: Team White on ice
10:00 a.m.: Team Red on ice
3:00 p.m.: Intrasquad scrimmage
4:30 p.m.: Media availability

Friday, July 12

11:00 a.m.: Intrasquad scrimmage
12:30 p.m.: Media availability

Saturday, July 13

Capitals Fan Fest
10:00 a.m.: Intrasquad scrimmage
1:00 p.m.: Media availability

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