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NHL: Capitals Invite Aussie Nathan Walker to Try Out
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NHL: Capitals Invite Aussie Nathan Walker to Try Out

Jul 29 2013, 8:13pm CDT | by

Nathan Walker will attempt to be the first Australian-born player to play in the NHL after being invited to try out at the Washington Capitals rookie camp.

Could Nathan Walker be the first Australian player in the NHL? Walker was invited by the Washington Capitals to try out at the team's rookie camp in September, per the league's official website....

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NHL: Capitals Invite Aussie Nathan Walker to Try Out

Jul 29 2013, 8:13pm CDT | by

Nathan Walker will attempt to be the first Australian-born player to play in the NHL after being invited to try out at the Washington Capitals rookie camp.

Could Nathan Walker be the first Australian player in the NHL?

Walker was invited by the Washington Capitals to try out at the team's rookie camp in September, per the league's official website. This also comes with the possibility of being invited to the Capitals full training camp. It would be at that point whether Walker will be offered an NHL contract or not. 

Should the Capitals choose not to sign Walker, he can still apply for the 2014 NHL Draft which will be held in Philadelphia

In addition, if he won't get to play in Washington, he will play in his first full season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, whom he joined six months ago after playing junior and professional hockey in Europe.

He was actually born in Wales but moved with his family to Sydney, Australia when he was two years old. He spent six years in Ostrava, Czech Republic playing for several hockey teams. As a 16-year-old in 2011-12, his hockey playing skills were noticed by scouts in the country while playing for HC Vitkovice Steel. He had four goals and six assists in 54 games. 

He first played for the Australian men's senior team at the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II Group. Walker, who scored four goals and dished out two assists during the tournament, was recognized by coaches as Australia's best player. 

He once again represented Australia in the 2012 IIHF World Championship when the country was promoted to the Division I level. 

Walker scored seven goals and had 27 total points in 29 games with the Phantoms last season. He last played on April 5 when he injured his neck in a game against the United States National Team Development Program. 

 

 

 
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2014 NHL Draft: Washington Capitals draft review

Jul 25 2014 9:42pm CDT | Source: Hockey's Future

Photo: Forward Jakub Vrana was one of five forwards the Capitals selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Vrana is a skilled forward who spent much of the 2013-14 playing in Sweden. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)   After missing the playoffs in the 2013-14 season the Washington Capitals parted ways with head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee. In his place, former assistant G ...
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Walker signs Capitals NHL contract

Jul 25 2014 5:19pm CDT | Source: Fox Sports Australia

THE Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker, the first Australian player to be drafted by an NHL team, to a three-yea ...
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Capitals Sign Nathan Walker

Jul 25 2014 10:36am CDT | Source: Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker to a three-year, entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Walker, 20, became the first Australian ...
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Caps Insider: Capitals sign third-round pick Nathan Walker to three-year deal

Jul 25 2014 10:16am CDT | Source: Washington Post Sports

Nathan Walker, the first Australian selected in the NHL draft and a mini-celebrity back home, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Friday. Several weeks after his third development camp in Washington, Walker officially became a member of the organization following a triumphant spring that saw the Capitals trade up into the third round to select him, a solid ...
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Aussie kids warm to ice hockey

Jul 17 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Fox Sports Australia

THE historic drafting of Australian Nathan Walker into the NHL is set to provide inspiration for young Australian ice hockey pla ...
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