- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

There will be three Washington Capitals draft picks in the 2009 NCAA tournament, but no more than one of them can finish the season at Verizon Center.

All three Caps draft picks are in the Northeast regional of the 16-team field, which was announced Sunday. The single-elimination tournament starts Friday, and the winner of each of the four regionals will advance to the Frozen Four at Verizon Center on April 9. The title game is April 11, also at Verizon Center.

North Dakota, with senior defenseman and 2005 first-round pick Joe Finley, is the No. 2 seed in Manchester, N.H., and the Fighting Sioux will face third-seeded New Hampshire and sophomore forward Phil DeSimone, a third-round choice by the Caps in 2007. The top seed in the Northeast regional is Boston University, and the Terriers have freshman forward Andrew Glass - a seventh-round pick in 2007.

The other three No. 1 seeds in the tournament are Michigan in the East, Notre Dame in the Midwest and Denver in the West.

There are five players in the tournament from the D.C. area. Two of them - Greg Costa of Crownsville, Md., and Chris Donovan of Fairfax Station - play for Northeastern, the No. 2 seed in the East. Matt Fairchild of Ashburn, Va., will suit up for fourth-seeded Air Force against Michigan. The other two local players are also in the Northeast bracket. Jamie Fritsch of Odenton, Md., is a defenseman for New Hampshire, and Corey Toy of Round Hill, Va., is a defenseman for fourth-seeded Ohio State.

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