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:
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."
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