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WASHINGTON -- A person familiar with the situation says the Winter Classic is coming to Washington in 2015.

The NHL's annual New Year's Day showcase will be played in the nation's capital for the first time.

The person Friday confirmed the news to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is expected to make a formal announcement today.

Leonsis has lobbied to host the game for several years. The Capitals played in the 2011 game as the visiting team against Pittsburgh.

The D.C. area has several potential sites to host the game, including Nationals Park, RFK Stadium and FedEx Field.

Washington radio station 106.7 The Fan first reported Washington was getting an outdoor game, and The Washington Post reported that it would be the Winter Classic.

 

Giordano to wears Flames' 'C'

CALGARY -- Mark Giordano was named captain of the Calgary Flames on Friday, becoming the 19th player in franchise history to wear the 'C.'

The 29-year-old Toronto native succeeds Jarome Iginla as team captain. Curtis Glencross and Mike Cammalleri will return as alternate captains.

"Mark represents all the qualities that we set as a coaching staff and an organization," head coach Bob Hartley said in a statement. "He is a quality man who is proud to represent the Calgary Flames both on and off the ice."

Iginla was team captain for nine seasons before being traded to Pittsburgh last season.

Giordano has 150 points (41 goals, 109 assists) and 366 penalty minutes in 385 career regular-season games with the Flames. He has one goal in four career playoff games.

He was invited to attend the team's development camp in the summer of 2004, signed as a free agent and spent the next two seasons with Calgary's American Hockey League affiliate.

He split the 2006-'07 season between the AHL and Calgary before becoming a staple on the Flames' blue-line the following seasons. Giordano was appointed alternate captain to start the 2011-12 season.

 

Schultz next on Oilers' to-do list

EDMONTON -- Now that the Edmonton Oilers have secured their offensive future, the defence is next on their to-do list.

With Thursday's signing of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers have their three key forwards -- Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle -- locked up for the next six or seven years.

The focus now shifts to Justin Schultz, the future of the team's blue-line who is in the final year of a two-year contract he signed as a free agent.

"Long-term, Justin Schultz is definitely going to be a key ingredient for us," defensive coach Steve Smith said after Friday's skate. "Justin just has a natural gift to be an offensive player. He jumps into the play so well, he's so skilled, he shoots the puck hard, he's able to find open spots in the offensive zone and, quite frankly, he's strong defensively."

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 21, 2013 C5

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