What’s Next for the Capitals?

All summer we have watched, often with dusty eyes, as the Capitals each had their day with the Stanley Cup. The summer break is winding down and we are seeing players trickle back into MedStar Capitals IcePlex (MCI skate) to get their skating legs back. Continue reading “What’s Next for the Capitals?”

The Trickle Begins

The season may not be underway just yet- but the boys are sure ready to get going and a few of our faves have even begun skating at MedStar Iceplex already! And we were more than ready to see them again!

Guys like Backstrom, Copley, Carlson, Gersich, and Eller are just a few that have returned to DC post-cup celly!

Even Nemo got in on the action today- suiting up for mini scrimmages and even taking sprints at the end of the skate with the guys- this is how you build a team friends!

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The Caps are Back! The Caps are BACK …. okay, some are back

We finally had a chance to spend more than a few minutes at MedStar Capitals Iceplex aka Kettler) today and get a closer look at those Capitals who are participating in the unofficial #campnemo. Mark Nemish, the team strength and conditioning coach, has been on the ice with those players showing up for a bit of pre-training camp preparation.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov is Back in DC, Looks to Build on Successful Season

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We are 18 days away from the Washington Capitals taking the ice for their first preseason game, which means players have started to trickle back into town and gear up for another exciting season. This season will be even more special in the fact that the Caps will be defending the Stanley Cup! One of their key components of that magical championship run was Evgeny Kuznetsov and he was one of the few handfuls already back at MedStar Capitals Iceplex working out with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish aka Camp Nemo. Continue reading “Evgeny Kuznetsov is Back in DC, Looks to Build on Successful Season”

What it Takes to Be the Capitals Captain

Today the Capitals have a captain who is not just a leader on the ice but the best marketing tool the Caps could ever ask to have. The franchise has always looked for leaders with the personality and experience to push the team forward. The Capitals often put their trust in the person whom they believe sets an example for the team as a whole and who will represent the team well in front of the media and at community events.

In the NHL the team selects their captain. A team can have one captain and up to three alternate captains. Some teams may instead go with four alternate captains and no primary captain. These guys have a simple role: talk to the officials about calls or what is happening on the ice. Technically, no other player is authorized to talk to the ref. It is a sign of great respect from the team and from management. to wear the “C” on ones jersey. A few captains stand out for us as we look back over the history of the team.

Mohns CapsIn 1974 the Capitals became a new franchise and were led by its first captain, Doug Mohns. He was a 40-year old defenseman who was on the Atlanta Flames roster the season before. Mohns was the oldest on the team that season and by then his scoring numbers had dropped off considerably. He was an enforcer and a brut on the ice in his early playing day. Mohns passed away in 2014 at the age of 80, leaving behind an NHL legacy of 22 years, having played 1,391 games recording a total of 710 points.

team langway whiteSkip ahead to 1982 and time when the Capitals acquired defenseman Rod Langway. Langway was drafted by Montréal Canadiens in 1977 and traded to the Caps in a move that many claim saved the Capitals from leaving Washington. The Caps had yet to make a run in the playoffs and owner Abe Polin was close to pulling the plug. The “Secretary of Defense” led the team to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history as their new captain. He remained the captain until he retired from the NHL in 1993. The Capitals retired his number (5) in 1997, knowing there would never be a player like him hunter postagain!

Dale Hunter did what no other Capitals’ captain did before Alex Ovechkin – he took the team to the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 1998. He was named captain in 1994 and served in that role until the end of the 1998/99 season. After another failed attempt at winning the highest trophy in the league, Hunter was traded to the Colorado Avalanche. He remained a fan favorite because of his leadership in 1998 and the Capitals retired his number (32) in 2000. His reputation was somewhat tarnished when he returned to coach the team in November 2011 but resigned six month later,  after the Caps failed to make it to the NHL playoffs.

2008 Washington Capitals HeadshotsChris Clark became the Capitals 13th captain in September 2006. It was just the right winger’s second season with the Capitals and his seventh with the NHL. During his time with the Capitals Clark found himself playing on the first line for the team, along with new arrival, Alex Ovechkin. Unfortunately he was plagued with injuries while playing for the Capitals and never had the chance to perform to the full extent the Caps had hoped he would. Yet, there was something about him that caused fans to rally behind him and remain hopeful. He was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in December 2009, shocking much of the fanbase.

 

Stanley Cup Game 3 OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin was just 24 when he was named as the Capitals first Russian team captain in January 2010. He stepped into the leadership spot just seven days after Clark was traded. He had been wearing the A since 2006 and filling in for Clark after his injury. Already the face of the franchise, Ovechkin now embraced the role of team leader in his scoring and in his all-around performance standards. Over the years though, some have questioned whether he should have the C since the team had never made it past the second round. His teammates; however, put their full trust in their designated captain, according to an NBC Sports report. As the highest scorer on the team and most of the time in the NHL – it seems the selection paid off in June 2018 when he finally led his team to the Stanley Cup. He is the captain who never gave up hope and made sure his mates kept the faith too.

Who is next to wear the C for the Capitals?? This summer some have posited that Tom Wilson could take the lead when Ovechkin moves on. Others suggest another Russian follow in his footsteps: Evgeny Kuznetsov. TJ Oshie certainly is a possibility if the team decides to go with a more mature and seasoned player. Thankfully, the Capitals will not  have to worry about that for sometime.

Capitals Smiling Faces

We love taking photos. We tell the Capitals story through the eye of the lens. And boys and girls, we have a LOT of photos!!

The Capitals have a lot of reasons to be happy this season. So we figured- why not a gallery of those smiling laughing faces we love so much!

Enjoy!!!

Sometimes they smile just with their eyes!

There are those big laughs!

But mostly just those lovely smiling faces that make us smile right back.

Click here to see which photos the Caps have liked!

From Rock Bottom to The Top of the World; The Influence of the Capitals Run to the Stanley Cup

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Sports has a magical way of bringing people together. Turning on a game or going to a stadium or arena, it’s a unique getaway from one’s  problems. Sometimes we get emotionally invested in the team we are rooting for, getting very happy when they win or really upset when they lose. One year ago, like the Capitals, a lot of things had happened to me and I was at my lowest. Rock bottom sort of speak.  Without going into a  lot of  detail, I’ll say that I have struggled for several years battling a disease called depression.

Depression is not something that should be taken lightly. A lot of people are dealing with one thing or another. It not only affects you if you’re going through it, it affects those around you, ESPECIALLY the ones who care about you the most. In the fall of last year there wasn’t one day that went by where I wouldn’t sit there and just wish I did one thing or another differently.

Thankfully there were two things going on that kept me in check: my jobs and of course, Capitals hockey. Continue reading “From Rock Bottom to The Top of the World; The Influence of the Capitals Run to the Stanley Cup”

Capitals Top 10 Moments of the Regular Season: #4 Alex Ovechkin Hat Trick for Cancer Survivor Alex Luey

After a great start in goal by Philipp Grubauer on Black Friday as the Washington Capitals defeated the Lightning, the team boarded to Toronto for a 2017 first round rematch with Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The playoff rematch wasn’t the big storyline of the day, however, this night was about two Alex’s: the captain Alex Ovechkin and 13-year old Alex Luey. Luey is one of Ovechkin’s biggest fans and a youth hockey player for the Niagara Falls Flyers. Continue reading “Capitals Top 10 Moments of the Regular Season: #4 Alex Ovechkin Hat Trick for Cancer Survivor Alex Luey”

Special Time for Capitals and Stanley Cup in Canada

Following its Eurorussia tour, the Stanley Cup sailed the seas to Canada for a very special time. From British Columbia through Alberta and Manitoba to an emotional stop in Saskatchewan crowds heralded it’s arrival.

Brett Connolly, who was part of the Andre Burakovsky and Lars Eller winning line, welcomed Lord Stanley to the WHL Prince George Cougars in British Columbia. He was at the CN Centre for photos and autographs. As part of the event, he helped raise funds for the Brock Hirsche Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Lethbridge. Hirsche, who died of cancer in April, was a WHL teammate of Connolly’s with the Cougars, according to Prince George Citizen.

A former teacher posted a touching tribute to Connolly:

From British Columbia the Cup made its way to Calgary Alberta and the ever so humble and adored Jay Beagle. He pulled up his big ol’ GMC truck and loaded the shiny trophy into its own seat for the ride into town.

Photo by @darrinheise on Twitter

He visited Alberta Children’s Hospital where he brought a few moments of joy and relief to children and parents alike. See the heartwarming post from one mom.

From Alberta Lord Stanley traveled into the waiting arms of the Capitals former coach, Barry Trotz in Dauphin, Manitoba. It was quite the day, captured by daughter Tiana on Instagram.

Barry lifted the Cup at the airport and then it was on to Dauphin for a parade in his honor accomplishments as an NHL coach. They had some fun on that float!

And a few more photos because he was “our” coach and did well by this town. Fans stood in line for hours just to touch the Cup!

Perhaps the most emotional leg of the Stanley Cup’s journey occurred in Saskatchewan. It was here that former Humboldt Broncos Chandler Stephenson shared his day honoring the memories and survivors of that terrible bus accident. We can’t do the full story justice as observers from afar. Click here for the full story.

The Cup will Head back to the USA where we know that Mitch Korn and John Walton will meetup in Oxford, Ohio.

Congrats to Marcus and Amelia Johansson (update)

Former Capitals and current NJ Devil forward Marcus Johansson married long-time girlfriend Amelia Falk this Saturday in Sweden. The couple have know each other since they were young adults. They have a two-year old daughter Mila, who of course was in the wedding!

Good friend Nicklas Backstrom was in the wedding party and helped MoJo with some last minute adjustments prior to the wedding. Photo compliments of his brother, Martin, who plays for the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

It was a simple family wedding for the couple. Andre Burakovsky filmed Amelia’s entrance and caught a tearful Marcus, holding Mika’s hand, as he watched her walk down the aisle.

The family, now united in marriage.

There was a beautiful first dance that melted our hearts- again BurkyPhotography on the job!

Update: Martin posted some more photos and we have added here! So adorable these two!

A couple weeks ago, some friends of Marcus’ came together to celebrate his pending nuptials. We were left with some images that we just can’t unsee!

We couldn’t be happier for Marcus. We asked dad Lars at the end of the 2016/17 season if he thought there might be wedding bells: he smiled and shrugged his shoulders saying ‘I think not soon.’ Here we are a year later wishing many blessings to Mojo and Amme for a long and happy life together!