A Look Back in Photos: Caps Alumni Game


Caps Fan Fest was held Wednesday June 28th at Kettler Ice Plex.The finale of the day was the Caps AlumnCaps game.  Before the game, Caps alumni sat outside for a Q&A, pictures & autographs.

With an introduction from Coach Trotz, the game began at 730pm. Kettler was packed with fans rockin the red, Wes Johnson announcing,  Red Rockers, Slapshot, Air Slapshot, Winger & the original Winger mascot from years ago. The National Anthem sung by Bob McDonald, with “RED” & “O” extra loud . It was like a normal Caps game at Verizon Center, but this game was special.  As a fan from the Capital Centre days, seeing Yvon Labre and Rod Langway coach the teams was a treat.

Goalies Dave Parro and Brent Johnson in each net and names like May, Laughlin, Druce, Mulvey, Maruk, (Killer) Kaminski, Sutherby, Rausse, Willsie, Hangsleben, Sabourin, Bradley  and Olie The Goalie Kolzig all playing together.

This truly was fun to watch. Especially for some of us older fans who remember these guys when they were the ‘young guns’ of their time! The game was a little different from a normal hockey game. Only two 20-minute periods were played and penalties were treated as penalty shots.

After the 1st period, the Red Team led 5-3. But then early in the 2nd, the Red Team started to blowout the White Team. Leading at least  by two goals most of the period, the White Team came back and tied the game late  8-8.  We ended up going to a shoot out.

My favorite part of the shoot out was when Alan Hangsleben from the Red Team was going for his turn starting to approach the White Team’s net and out of nowhere a water bottle almost takes him and his skates out. I’m not sure who threw it, but there were lots of culprits to choose from on the White Team bench: Alan May, Olie Kolzig, Dennis Maruk.. Take your pick.

The White Team won after Brian Sutherby scored on Dave Parro. No matter who won, we all won; fans, alumni and the Caps organization.  We get to see players from our childhood and relive memories and see how strong a bond the players have from being together as a team and becoming a family.

Coach Trotz always says the Caps team is like a family. There’s a bond in the locker room and we as fans see that bond and we can believe in this team.  It’s a long tradition through the Caps organization to be one as a team and believe in each other. This family bond is not something new; it’s been with the Caps for a long time now. You can see it still in the Caps Alumni!  We believe in this Caps family and are proud to be a part of the Caps family!

What Caps Fans Say About Keeping Chimera

During Caps Development Camp and Fan Fest we had a chance to ask the fans what they thought about Jason Chimera. One young lady, Lily, said it best:


For the most part, the fans we spoke with seemed to think his days are numbered. Everyone love Chimera, but similar to Brooks Laich, many think it is time to move on.


We think Jason has locker room value. This has been one of his best seasons and he still has the speed and power the Caps need. However, we know this is a business and it all comes down to $$$ and for that alone, we think we will be writing a farewell piece.

What do you think? 

Perfect Day for Caps Fan Fest

It was an unusually cool summer day in Arlington as the Washington Capitals hosted their annual Fan Fest. We met so many great people and heard so many stories from our new friends.

Following a break from the development camp tests and drills, the prospects returned to have some fun with some kid fans on the ice.

The players were split between two rinks and each assigned a section to work with the young  hockey players. It was a chance for them to give back and remember what it was like to dream big!

During the Fan Fest, fans were given the opportunity to purchase used/new Caps player equipment.

We kind of went a little crazy–especially over Michael Latta sweatshirts and some other stuff…

Fans gathered on the eighth floor deck to shoot some pucks and take pictures with players and Red Rockers.

There were more interviews and just a lot of fun as fans and our favorite ladies mingled in the warm June sun.

The day concluded with the Caps Alumni game–more on that to come but here’s a sneak peak!

It was an exhausting day and one of the best days since the abrupt end of the season. Caps fans remain ever hopeful!!

Washington Caps Development Camp Day Two Mornings 

Caps prospects were on the ice for their second day . The players were split between two rinks; player testing on the public rink and goalies on the Caps rink.


And fans all over were sharing thoughts about the players and the next season.

Lucas Johansen also took to the ice for the first time today after being under the weather for the first day of camp. 

Bears players also joined the goalies on the Caps rink. 

Caps Movie Night at Verizon Center

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Monumental Sports hosted a movie night for their season ticket holders on Tuesday night. After spending the day at development camp we headed there. How exciting to go watch a movie in the same place you watch your favorite team play!!

Tuesday’s movie was Star Wars The Force Awakens. How fitting for me. My Dad took me to seethe original Star Wars in movie theaters at least 20 times when I was little and we also shared a love for hockey,  I wrote an article on Father’s Day telling how my Dad had passed away last July and I became a season ticket holder for the Caps to be closer to my Dad, because his spirit is definitely in the Verizon Center!  I could feel his presence tonight just like the force in Star Wars.

imageMonumental employees checked us in. All Caps, Wizards and Mystic season ticket holders were invited to watch a movie, take part in special themed events like storm trooper bowling, Jedi target training and a light saber ring toss. There; were hot dogs, mini slider hamburgers, popcorn, candy and drinks before the movie–all for free.. Specialty mixed drinks were available for purchase to those over 21 years old. We  were all given blow up light sabers that lit up in blue and red, ’cause you are never too hold for a light-up saber!!.  The telscreen played the movie for us as a few hundred people  sat in the sections behind where the players benches are usually. Tuesday it was set up for Mystics basketball.

What a great opportunity to not only see a free movie, but to be at Verizon for a different setting.  As I waited for the movie to start, I kept thinking about all the great moments Verizon center has seen from our Washington Caps hockey team. The one that stuck out the most tonight was Ovi scoring his 500th goal and how Verizon was rocking like I never had seen before . So many more great memories to come.. image

Star Wars the force awakens did not disappoint, it was action from start to finish and a few tears for me.If you haven’t seen it, I won’t give anything away!  I can tell you that I can’t wait for the next Star Wars movie! i  can only hope I get to see the next movie in a great venue like Verizon center again.. Hint hint ..Monumental network!

Washington Capitals Hockey Is Back!!! Dev Camp Day 1

Ok, so not fully back, but close enough for those of us desperate for some NHL hockey. 

Day 1 of development camp brought out a small gathering of the faithful. It’s always harder when camp hits during the workweek but die-hard fans always make the time. 


Here are some quick shots from the ice today. Fowards and defense lines were out first followed by the goalies later in the day and everyone to on the ice to close out the afternoon. 

Caps Roomies Comes to an End…

By now you all know that only one of the duo that makes up the Caps Roomies received  a qualifying offer by today’s deadline. That person was Tom Wilson. 

We here at FiCP are having an especially hard time coming to terms with the loss of Michael Latta so we thought we’d share some of our favorite moments from this past season with Latts.

So many memories with Latts from this season but our favorites came after practices when Michael would take a few moments out of his day to talk to fans. He will be greatly missed by us and we are sure by you as well. We wish him all the best in his future career and hope to see him back on the ice even with another team.

 

Caps Development Camp: 2016 Summertime Hockey!

Photos courtesy of Washington Capitals.

Get excited Caps fans, development camp starts this week for our Caps; kicking off  at Kettler.

This week-long camp tests players physically to see what they need to work on before training camp in September.  It’s also a chance for coaches to see draft picks chosen just this past weekend.

Here is the Capitals Development Camp Schedule, as released by the Capitals PR Department:

Tuesday: 

9:15 am Defense and Forwards on ice Defense (public rink) & forwards (Capitals rink)

3:40pm Goalies on ice (Capitals rink)

4pm All players on ice (Capitals rink)

Tuesday night also is movie night for Caps season ticket holders –  Club Red 365 members, Verizon center will show Star Wars The Force Awakens at 7pm on the big screen.  The event will include photo stations, complimentary popcorn, themed movie snacks and soft drinks. And…there are special themed alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase to those over 21 years of age. (Yes we will take pictures!)

Wednesday

11am on-ice testing (public rink)

11am Goalies on ice (Capitals rink)

12pm All skaters on ice (Capitals rink)

Wednesday is Fan Fest at Kettler.  It is open to the public from 3-10pm.  Here is what the Caps have said to expect:

  1. From 3-7pm   outdoor inflatable activities on 8th floor garage                                                 ( cornhole, street hockey, moon bounce, photo stations & Slapshot shooting cage)
  2. From 4-10pm   Capitals used equipment sale.  On the Mezzanine level  (public session is from 9-10pm). Note: season ticket holders  get first pick
  3. From 4-7pm   Entertainment
    1. Stage (Music 4-7pm),
    2. Caps alumni answer questions from 5:05-5:25pm,  and
    3. Caps 1st round draft pick Lucas Johansen answers questions from 6:20-6:40pm
  4. From 515-615pm   Caps Fan Fest Kids Clinic on the ice
  5. From 6-7pm   Caps development camp player appearances on the 8th level garage
  6. 7:20pm A welcome from Coach Barry Trotz  on the ice
  7. From 730-9pm   Caps alumni exhibition match on the ice

Thursday

9:15am Defense & Goalies on ice (Capitals rink)    Forwards on ice (public rink)

0am All skaters on ice ( Capitals rink)

Friday

9:35am Goalies on ice (Capitals rink)

10:15am Forwards on ice ( public rink) defense on ice (Capitals rink)

11:15am All skaters on ice (Capitals rink)

Saturday

10am Intrasquad scrimmage (streamed live on MonumentalSportsNetwork.com)

Remember all on-ice sessions are free and open to the public, so come on out to see some summer hockey. If you can’t make it your FICP team will be at Kettler throughout the week!

Stay tuned for pictures of your newest Capitals in action!

 

Caps In – Caps Out: Change is Coming with UFAs and RFAs

Change is coming to the Caps this week. Between the draft, trades, and upcoming unrestricted free agent (UFA) and restricted free agent (RFA) signings and free trades; the Washington Capitals will be doing what they can to create four solid scoring lines. We also expect to see the Caps adjusting the defensive lines to add scoring power on the other end.

So what is all this talk of RFA and UFA?  In simple terms, UFAs are for older, seasoned players and RFA’s are for the “young guns” of the team. And everything hinges on the players status by the end of 30 June. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2013: Continue reading “Caps In – Caps Out: Change is Coming with UFAs and RFAs”

Caps Start the 2016-17 NHL Season Looking for Inspiration in Pittsburgh

When asked about starting the 2016-17 season in Pittsburgh, the NHL coach of the year Barry Trotz didn’t sugar coat his words.

“Perfect,” he quipped. “I hope they have a long [Stanley Cup champions] ceremony (and) I hope they have us standing there. I hope they raise that banner right in front of us, so that we see it. Hopefully, next year we can do the same thing to them and raise a banner in front of them.”

The Washington Capitals start their 2016-17 season in Pittsburgh Thursday, October 13, the last place they played before their season was once again cut short in the playoffs. But what other games should Caps fans look forward to this season? Caps Today suggests the following will be of interest to fans:

  • New York Islanders Vs. Washington Capitals (Home Opener) Saturday, Oct. 15
    The Caps come back from Pittsburgh to open up Verizon Center for the season.
  • New York Rangers Vs. Washington Capitals, Oct. 22
    First of two visits to Verizon Center for the Rangers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Washington Capitals, Nov. 16
    First meeting in Washington this season against the defending Stanley Cup Champs.
  • Washington Capitals Vs. Philadelphia Flyers, Dec. 21
    First meeting since the 2016 Playoffs where the Caps eliminated them four games to two.
  • Los Angeles Kings Vs Washington Capitals, Feb. 5
    Super Bowl Sunday matchup with the Kings.
  • Nashville Predators Vs. Washington Capitals,  March 16
    Barry Trotz’s former team comes to Washington.
  • Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals, April 9
    This final home game could also be Jaromir Jagr’s final NHL game. The 44-year-old will be 45 by seasons end.

Those are just some of the many games the Caps will play this season. Click here for the full schedule. Which games are you looking forward to seeing?

We’ll be there from pre-season all the way to the end capturing the best moments for you!