NHL: Capitals Invite Aussie Nathan Walker to Try Out

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.

Jul 29 2013, 8:13pm CDT | by

NHL: Capitals Invite Aussie Nathan Walker to Try Out
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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. 

 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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