The Washington Capitals have Dr. Aimee Kimball to serve as the senior director of team and organizational development, general manager Brian MacLellan announced Monday.
Kimball will play a major role in the team’s player development. Kimball “will provide skilled direction and support in the areas of player development falling outside the standard skills,” the team said. She will work closely with both minor league and NHL players, with her work spanning from pre-draft play to after-draft development.
“We are excited to welcome Aimee to our organization,” MacLellan said. “Aimee brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to help us maximize the potential of our players. We feel her addition to the hockey operations staff will be a benefit to our organization.”
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Kimball graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s in psychology. After that, she pursued a master’s in sports sciences with an emphasis in sports behavior and performance at Miami University. Kimball also earned her doctorate in education with an emphasis in sports psychology and culture studies at the University of Tennessee. In addition to that, she earned her executive MBA from the Miami University Farmer School of Business.
She is no stranger to the hockey world. Kimball spent 10 years with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the last five with the New Jersey Devils. She is also currently the Mental Performance Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kimball is a key addition to Washington’s player development department that already features Brooks Orpik and other top names. Orpik is among those taking in rookie camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
The Capitals’ prospects close out rookie camp Monday. The Capitals will then open their official training camp on Wednesday, starting with physicals and off-ice testing. Washington then opens the preseason Sept. 26 against the Boston Bruins before starting the regular season starts on Oct. 13 against the New York Rangers.