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Local Sorkin Hopes to Impress Caps

Here's a feature on local kid Nick Sorkin from Ishita Singh, one of our hard-working summer interns:


Nick Sorkin was All-Met Hockey Player of the Year. (Preston Keres - The Washington Post)

Local Nick Sorkin is making strides at the Capitals' development camp. The Rockville native and recent Bullis graduate has had a strong week in his first experience skating alongside first-round draft picks.

Sorkin grew up with season tickets to Capitals games and still has a stick from Peter Bondra, which the former Washington star gave to him after a game eight years ago. Sorkin calls it the best moment he's had at a game. And now, going from lifelong fan to participant in developmental camp is a thrill for Sorkin.

"I'm excited to be here," he said. "It's what you dream about when you're growing up playing here."

The 18-year-old center's biggest challenge thus far has been coping with the speed and size of the other players. At 6 feet 2 inches and 170 pounds, he is smaller than most of the guys on the ice, and knows he needs to bulk up in order to play at the next level.

"Most of the guys are a lot older than me, so I just have to keep up physically," Sorkin said. "I definitely need to get stronger and put on some weight."

At Bullis, Sorkin was a local star. He scored 45 points in just 13 games his senior season and played in the inaugural private vs. public championship in February. He was the star in that game, scoring two goals and assisting on another. He was named The Washington Post's All-Met Hockey Player of the Year after his final season.

Sorkin will play with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the U.S. Hockey League in the fall. The team, based in Iowa, starts its training camp July 21, so Sorkin has a very short period of time to move after the end of developmental camp on July 18.

"I'm excited," he said. "It's not the most popular place, I guess, but I'm excited to be in a good league, and I feel like I'll get a lot better playing there."

After two years in Waterloo, Sorkin will play at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2011. He wasn't picked in the 2009 draft, but he'll be eligible in 2010. Odds are long, though: If Sorkin were drafted, he'd be just the fourth player from the D.C. area.

But those goals are far in the future, Sorkin admits. For now, he just wants to impress Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau.

"My ultimate goal coming out of camp is just to have the coaches like me," Sorkin said. "Oh, and maybe get invited back."

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 16, 2009; 8:38 AM ET
 
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Comments

Congrats. Can't help but root for the local kids.

Posted by: Grape8 | July 16, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

He even wears number 8. How endearing.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 16, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm pulling for him, even if he is from the wrong side of the river.

Posted by: SmallZ827 | July 16, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

any final word on Schultz??? from anywhere

Posted by: billd2 | July 16, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to the kid.
Question: How is he in this camp for the Caps? Who owns his rights? Is he a free agant invitee of some sort?

Posted by: Rocc00 | July 16, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

good article but it should have stated how the Caps got Sorkin - what round, free agent?

Posted by: nativedc | July 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

nativedc: article states he was undrafted, so the kid can skate wherever he wants.

BB knows basically everybody in the coaching fraternity so as long as he has a good camp he should land somewhere down the road, even if it's not ultimately with the Caps.

Posted by: govtimbo | July 16, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It does state that he isn't available for the draft until next year so nobody owns his rights. He was just invited to a camp is all. Knowing the Caps they'll draft him very late and see what happens. Sounds good to me, anything to help get DC more noticed as a hockey town is good news to me. Who knows maybe he can become another Halpern. Great story that was.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | July 16, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have historically invited local kids and / or kids that have a connection to the club to development camp.

Stephen Werner, Jeff Halpern, Kurt Russell's kid, and if I remember correctly, I think even Mark Tinordi before that (had some connection to the front office).

Posted by: guiliano89 | July 16, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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