Clymer at home on road vs. Wild
Any professional athlete will tell you that playing in front of thousands of fans is a thrill, and that the feeling is magnified when the game is in their hometown.
Capitals defenseman Ben Clymer, a native of Edina, Minn., is about to go through that emotionally-charged experience Thursday at Xcel Energy Center, where 40 to 50 of his family members, friends and golfing buddies will gather to cheer their favorite NHLer as the Minnesota Wild plays host to the Caps.
The game will mark Clymer's first in St. Paul since 2002, and his first as a Capital. His previous games there came as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, where broke into the league as a defenseman and was converted to a winger. He switched back last month.
"It means so much to me because they don't have to come out, but they do," Clymer said after practice yesterday at Ashburn Ice House. He returned to the ice after missing Monday's session with an undisclosed minor injury.
"I've only been gone a month, but it's great that the team is staying over [Wednesday] night so I get to catch up with everyone," he added. "I'm really looking forward to it."
Clymer, who this month has sported a Minnesota Twins baseball hat around the rink, said the best part about playing at home is that his parents, Colleen and Richard, get to see him play an extra time. His folks each came to Washington once last season, he said.
Asked how much he spent on tickets, the 28-year-old smiled and said, "I'm not paying for that many. I'm lucky I've got friends who understand that it can get pretty expensive."
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