Capitals and Their Fans: Photo Review of Season

Throughout the summer of 2016 and the entire 2016/17 season, Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy captured Caps fans and season ticket holders around the area. They also caught the Capitals doing their best on the ice and interacting with the fans and the Washington DC community. Here are some of their favorite photos. ENJOY!img_7681

The 2016 seasons began with some excitement at Development Camp as we had a chance to get a first look at future goalie Ilya Samsonov and defenseman Lucas Johansen.

Next came Development Camp as the excitement for the new season began to bubble up in the fan base.

While we waited for camps and the full season to begin, the Capitals kept fans and season ticket holders busy with events.

There was the annual Fort Dupont cleanup in which Mel, Jennifer, and Ariana participated.

There was the Star Wars night at Verizon Center which was a blast!

We had a chance to walk with Best Buddies and Team Strollin’ With Nolan, Mrs. Trotz and family, and the wives and girlfriends to raise awareness for social inclusion, job promotion, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


The young Zach Sanford was given his first NHL contract after a strong showing in camp.

It was finally red carpet time!! All those players dressed up and smiling for the camera!!!

The Caps celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer in glorious lavender in October.

In November we began to see more of what Jakub Vrana will bring to the Capitals when he was called up to play as Sanford was sent down to the AHL Hershey Bears. He is one to watch as the team makes adjustments to the roster.

December brought lots of Caps-related events including the annual TAPS community skate night, Fort Dupont Holiday Skate at Kettler, and the Caps visit to MedStar Georgetown with Ellie’s Hats in tow.

Scarlet Caps and Courtney Loughlin hosted Hocky N’Heels with several players and goali coach.

Nicklas Backstrom reached a new milestone of 500  NHL career assists and his lovely family joined him to celebrate.

We added a “foreign correspondent” to the team with the inclusion of Luis Filipe Rodrigues, known by many on twitter as Capitals Brasil.






Kevin Shattenkirk joined the defense in February, joining former St. Louis Blues teammate Tj Oshie.

The Caps set a new franchise record with 13 consecutive home wins. Tom Wilson and Justin Williams scoring to secure the record. 

And then the Bye Week happened…while the team was off together in several locations bonding as friends, they returned to some tough losses and a lack of the zeal we saw before.

March was the lead-up to the final stretch to the playoffs as the real push began. This of course led to the April playoffs and the Round One defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And of course, the sad loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins again in Round Two. But let’s not end it there. Let’s end it on a high note remembering Jersey Off Their Backs night. There were some adorable moments between a selected few special fans and the players.

We couldn’t end our review of the season without a special feature on  smiling Nate Schmidt and his great year.

Thanks for a great year of following us again. Welcome to those checking us out – we hope you will stay. We will be covering as many summer events as possible and we’ll be there for development and development camps.

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Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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