Welcome to America, Sergei Kostenko!

Posted July 11, 2012

Sergei Kostenko, the Capitals’ final selection in the 2012 Draft (#203), stepped onto the ice at Kettler for the first time this morning.  Originally not expected at development camp, his attendance was further complicated by visa issues which have since been resolved.  The newcomer played with a junior team affiliated with the KHL team Metallurg Novokuznetsk.

Sergei Kostenko, the newest member of George McPhee's Goalie Collection (Photo Credit: M. Richter)

Kostenko's current mask. Chin reads: "Never Back Down"

The back-plate of Sergei Kostenko's current mask.

With the addition of Kostenko to Group A, there are now seven countries represented in that cohort – Canada, Great Britain (Wales), the Netherlands*, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and USA.

*Nardo Nagtzaam of the Netherlands has been sidelined due to injury since the first scrimmage, but he still technically counts as a member of Group A.

M. Richter

M. Richter

Associate Editor at Capitals Outsider
Em is a fan of hockey first and individual teams second, with geographical ties that cross the NHL. She was born in the Midwest, raised along the East Coast, and graduated from a university in Western Canada. A firm believer in context above all else, and a card-carrying on-ice official with USA Hockey, she splits her time between the big picture and the details. When not covering the AHL and ECHL for Caps Outsider, her photography can be found on Behance and Flickr. She also occasionally chimes in about the Hershey Bears on the Power Play Post Show.
M. Richter