Hershey Bears And Fans Warming up for New Season

Our newest contributor Sue Snavely- bringing highlights from the Hershey Bears!! Here are her first preseason impressions.

As I anticipate seeing the Hershey Bears play their second preseason game later today, I can’t help but be proud of this organization. Last season may not have had the outcome they wanted but their parent club won the Stanley Cup. Hershey is a minor league team, their job is developing young hockey player. There were 11 Caps players that started their career in Hershey; I would say the Hershey Bears did their job. 

In my seat at the place I call my home away from home, I look at the list of players and recognize 13 of the 30 players.  This will be a team of young prospects in Hershey this season. 

Ten minutes into this game and I have one statement: “fast fast fast.” Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is everywhere, Max Kammerer is a hitter and goaltender Ilya Samsonov, well he needs to stay in his net.

This will be an exciting year to see how the Bears recover from last season with a new coach – Spencer Carberry at the helm.

Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #4: Lars Eller’s Beautiful-Ugly Goal that Kept the Season Alive

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There was no way this game wasn’t going to make it on here. It may have been the most important game of the Washington Capitals’ playoff run. I attended Game 2 of the first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets and just like the previous game, the Caps faltered in overtime. Additionally, they blew a two-goal lead in both games and were down 0-2 heading to Columbus. Exiting Capital One Arena after a heartbreaker, I didn’t think there would be joy we’ve never felt before less than two months later. I heard fans around me yelling profane language and the “here we go again talk” in the streets while waiting for an Uber (Metro closed early. That’s a rant for another day). Two days later, I was in my basement watching with fear and nearly having a heart attack as Game 3 was not only in overtime for the third straight game, but double overtime! Lars Eller though kept the season alive as he deflected a shot past Sergei Bobrovsky. The rest, as they say, is history that was created.  Continue reading “Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #4: Lars Eller’s Beautiful-Ugly Goal that Kept the Season Alive”

Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #5: “The Save”

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The hardest part about ranking these is that there will be some disagreements with the way I ordered it. Plus I had to leave out six games, and that’s always tough deciding which ones make the cut and which ones don’t. But this was a no-brainer. It’s a save that every Caps fan should have framed. If they don’t make a statue of it outside Capital One Arena, a lot of fans will be disappointed. Anyway, let’s look back on the save that gave the Capitals their first Stanley Cup Finals game victory which led to the coveted trophy.  Continue reading “Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #5: “The Save””

Caps Street Viewing Party for Banner Raising!

Good news for fans who aren’t able to be inside Capital One Arena for the Caps home opener and the raising of the 2018 Washington Capitals Stanley Cup banner. It was announced today that the ceremony and home opener against the Boston Bruins will be broadcast on the G Street outdoor video board!

 Per the Capitals press release:

The Capital One Arena video board located above McDonald’s on G Street will broadcast live both the pregame banner raising ceremony and the game against the Boston Bruins.  G Street will be closed to traffic between 7th Street and 9th Street, NW starting at 5:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to attend to watch the ceremony and the game.  Fans attending are strongly encouraged to take Metro.

Additionally, the Caps will again arrive via the Rock The Red Carpet on F Street beginning at 4:45 p.m. The pregame ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m., ahead of the start of the game.

They also announced street closures and timings include:

Traffic and Parking Enforcement:

In order to facilitate this event, there will be no vehicular traffic in the blocks around the Capital One Arena listed below. The closures will begin on Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30. Information is subject to change based on prevailing conditions.

F Street, NW from 6th Street to 7th Street, NW (2:30PM to 10:30 pm)

G Street, NW between 7th Street and 9th Street(accessible only to local residents and monthly parking pass holders)

8th Street, NW, between G and H Streets, NW

Traffic Restrictions:

G Street from 7th Street  9th Street, NW (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

8th Street from G Street to H Street, NW (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

F Street from 6th Street  7th Street, NW (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

8th Street from G Street to H Street, NW (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

Parking Restrictions:

From 12noon until 2:00am

No parking on G Street, NW between 7th Streetand 9th Street

No parking on F Street, NW between 6th Streetand 9th Street

7th St between E Street and H Street

Bike Access:  

·         Capital Bikeshare stations will be closed at 6th and F Streets, NW and 7th and F Streets, NW



 

 

Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #6: Alex Ovechkin Comes Up Clutch…. In Pittsburgh!

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Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, two names that constantly get compared by hockey fans and media everywhere. After Crosby and the Penguins captured well… you know, Ovechkin looked to the lead the Capitals to the Stanley Cup. This game in particular gave me the belief that this would be a different year. I knew the Caps would defeat the Penguins and get past those demons once and for all. A once house of horrors isn’t the case anymore.  Continue reading “Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #6: Alex Ovechkin Comes Up Clutch…. In Pittsburgh!”

Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #7: Stanley Cup Finals Action Returns to DC

 

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Many fans waited their whole lifetime for this night. Others waited 20 years. Either way, it was a” lit night” as the kids would say. The Stanley Cup Finals returned to Washington, D.C. on the first Saturday of June.

Fresh off their first ever Stanley Cup Finals game win in franchise history, the Caps looked to deliver in front of their fans and take a 2-1 series lead. This day was magical and surprisingly just the first of even greater things to come. The morning skate was flooded with fans, which became a normal thing since the start of the Stanley Cup Finals. Even if you couldn’t afford a ticket to the game, the Caps and the NHL hooked us all up with big screens outside the arena so the entire Caps fan base can take part in what was a special run.  Continue reading “Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #7: Stanley Cup Finals Action Returns to DC”

Capitals Training Camp Competition Continues on Sunday

The Capitals held training camp on Sunday morning after a day off and following the loss of their fourth preseason game on Friday. Todd Reirden spoke after camp and repeatedly said he is happy with the performance of veteran players.  He said we can expect to see more of them begin to play in the next few preseason games.  Continue reading “Capitals Training Camp Competition Continues on Sunday”

Capitals 7th Defenseman, Who should It Be?

The Washington Capitals six active defensemen are probably already decided, but questions loom on whom head coach Todd Reirden should choose as a “depth guy” for the blue line. So far this preseason, a few have plead their case on why they should be the one if they don’t sign someone off the free agent market. Continue reading “Capitals 7th Defenseman, Who should It Be?”

Capitals on the Road to Montreal for Third Preseason

The Capitals will play their third preseason game Thursday in Montreal and are hoping this will be their first win. They last traveled to Habs country March 24 where they took the win with a 6-4 lead at the Bell Centre. Continue reading “Capitals on the Road to Montreal for Third Preseason”

O’Brien and Hobbs Fighting for a Spot on Capitals Roster

It was obvious in Tuesday night’s preseason game that Liam O’Brien and Connor Hobbs wanted to standout in their performance. What better way than to drop their mits and go at it. Continue reading “O’Brien and Hobbs Fighting for a Spot on Capitals Roster”