Three D’s of John Carlson

John Carlson: defenseman, dad, and devoted husband. The NHL includes him in their ranking of the Best 20 Defense Players Today. He has long been a favorite of FiCP – we even have his number on our license plate and for one of us he was the first jersey we ever bought. Carly had his…

2016: A Season of Injuries for Beagle

Even though Jay Beagle missed games this season due to a hand injury sustained in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on December 30th, he played 57 games scoring 8 goals and 9 assists.  Those statistics don’t do justice for the role Jay Beagle plays on this team. When training camp started last September, Jay…

Andre Burakovsky: The Third Sweet Swede

Andre Burakovsky had what many consider a break-out year in the 2015-16 season. It wasn’t clear at the beginning exactly where he would fit in the lineup but Coach Trotz made it clear that he believed in the Caps youngest player and his ability to fit in where ever needed. He played 79 games and…

“B” is for Backstrom (2016 in photos)

Nicklas Backstrom had a rough start to the 2015-16 season and a few health issues throughout the year. Following the end of the 2014/15 season, Nicky had arthroscopic surgery on  his hip, according to the Washington Capitals. Although the Caps predicted that he would be back at the start of the season, he did not play…

Karl Alzner: The Iron Man in Pictures

For a sixth season, Karl Alzner played every game – even in the final game of the playoffs when he played through an injury. In January 2016 he earned the “Iron Man” title when he passed former Captial’s player Bobby Carpenter’s 1986 record of consecutive games played. The Iron Man title is given to a player…

Give blood … Play hockey!

I used to see that saying all the time: give blood play hockey! And I would think, I’m too scared to give blood where they put a needle in your arm for what seems a long period of time! I decided to finally volunteer to give blood last summer after my dad passed away. The…

Own a Piece of NHL & Caps History

Local auctioneer Huggins and Scott have announced the auction of: “Alexander Ovechkin October 5, 2005 First NHL Contest Game-Used Capitals Jersey with NHL LOA.” Bidding starts at $5,000 and we expect to see the price shoot up just like an Ovi puck–faster than one can comprehend!!  Bidding ends at midnight 11 August. Click here if…

Smile!.. It’s Nate Schmidt’s birthday!!

This season Nate Schmidt played in twice as many Caps games than the past two seasons. We love watching Schmidty play. He gives all he has every game;  he hits with power, blocks blistering slap shots with his body, has speed in his skating, and a smile on his face during his interviews in between…

Samsanov: A (goal)ie for the Future

At 6’3″ ,200 pounds, and born in Magnitogorsk Russia, Ilya Samsonov came to Caps Development Camp with brand new white goalie pads. By the end of camp those pads had marks on them from pucks upon pucks being shot at the 19-year-old goaltender.   Drafted last year in the first round, Samsonov still has two…

Caps Players Getting in Some Family Time

One of the hardest things about being a hockey player (or any professional athlete) is the time one has to spend away from family. The few weeks between the end of the season and the start of training camp we see players cram in as much time together as they can. Our Washington Capitals are…

Orlov Married!!

We have been waiting all summer for this news. Dmitry Orlov has finally tied the knot with the beautiful Varvara Amosova!  The couple have been together for many years and a few months ago we spotted a stunning new ring on Varvara’s hand. Best wishes for a long life together; one blessed with beautiful children…

Only One N. Backstrom in the NHL Now

It has always confused me a little when the Caps played the Minnesota Wild (and last year the Calgary Flames) and there media reports debating if Nick Backstrom would play. Now we here in Washington all knew our guy was playing so who was this ‘other’ Nick? Niklas Backstrom is a talented goalie who played…