About FiCP

Friends in Cold Places is the first DC area sports blog run by women with a few good friends who love hockey. Our full team includes photographers, professional writers, and some friends who write occasional pieces. We are all hockey fans and write because we love the sport.

We tell the story of the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears in photos as they unfold. We write the stories we experience about the  Washington Capitals.We aren’t just writing from the living room or the basement. You can find us a MedStar Ice Plex for practice, at Capital One Arena for games, and anywhere friends of the Caps are hanging out.

The military holds a special place in our hearts and we are expanding our coverage of USA Warriors–especially the women who are playing.We believe in the Capitals tradition of giving back and if you flip over to the Community Support page, you have an opportunity to join us in financially supporting some of our favorite organizations. We’ll be holding fund raisers and viewing parties throughout the year for these special causes.Let us know if you would have a passion for writing and a love of hockey and we might just have a place for you here !

Maggie Marcum, Managing Editor

FiCP Managing TEAM

Maggie Marcum is the managing editor and co-founder of FiCP. She worked as a writer for a three-letter org in the DC area where she spent her days writing for government folks, including the president. She missed writing and started this endeavor with her daughter who loves photography. She writes her own stuff and edits and publishes for everyone else.

Brittney Marcum: Our primary photographer who also has a photography business to keep her busy! She writes the Practice Write-ups and Game Recaps (And anything the managing editor asks her to do!) She got hooked on hockey in high school, especially capturing natural reflections of the players. Also co-founder and part of the management team.

Chris Cleveland: Chris is our Social Media Producer and Twitter King who writes some analysis of players too. He may write the occasional article on the Blackhawks or other visiting teams.

Kassie Coulson has been a fan of the Washington Capitals essentially since she was old enough to understand the best sport in the world; hockey. Born in Russia, she adopted when she was young, and has lived in the DMV for the last 23 years. Kassie is a strong believer that the Caps broke that Washington Sports Curse that so many talk about. Although she has a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Maryland, her passion is for sports journalism, as well as photography which she uses to channel her energy to the Caps! She will be writing pre- and post game reports as well as other special interest pieces.

Brian Gantman is a native of Los Angeles, who grew up as an LA Kings fan before the Gretzky trade. He went to college in Southern California and Montreal and graduate school in Northern California. He’s been a hockey fan since 1981, has played and coached hockey, including playing on his college club team. He moved to the DMV in 2009, has been a season ticket holder since 2012, goes on annual hockey road trips with his youngest daughter, and had a regular season consecutive home game streak of 152 games until a friend’s wedding in Canada ended the streak in October 2018. Brian will be providing articles about the season ticket holder experience and about hockey in general.

Occasional Contributors

Daniel Johnson: is a native Virginian who has been a longtime Caps fan since 1985. He is a graduate of George Mason University and interned for the Capitals 2003/2004. His favorite Caps moment is Ovechkin’s game-winning goal in his first playoff game against the Flyers in 2008! Daniel will be writing about the fan experience and opinion pieces about the Capitals. He is a partial-season ticket holder and will be adding an insider look from Capital One Arena with the rest of the team.

Bryce Jurkovac: Bryce makes sure his family sits down to watch every Caps games–and tweets of course. This Army vet living in Texas provides pregame insight, player evaluation, and a real-hockey understanding to the blog. He pursued the hockey dream by playing in recreation leagues, junior hockey leagues and got as far as D3 ACHA Ice Hockey for Liberty University. He may bring us some coverage of games on the road.

Lily Rosenberg: Hockey player with game analysis from a life-long lover of hockey. She is our youngest writer; a junior in high school. She also follows the Blackhawks so don’t be surprised to see some posts from Chicago from time to time!

Luís Felipe Rodrigues: Writing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Luis will bring the perspective of a “friend in hot place.” He is Founder of the Washington Capitals Brasil and a tropical contributor to Friends in Cold Places. He has been Washington Capitals’ fan since he was a kid, at 06 years old, from 2000-2001 season. 

Caitlin Manner is a Mom, a gym rat, a oenophile (get your mind out of the gutter, it just means she loves wine), but above all: a Capitals fan. Never one to shy away from humiliation in the name of fandom, Caitlin is known for keeping Weagle tattoos in her purse (“just in case”), wearing a onesie to games, and pasting photos of Tom Wilson on her bathroom mirror. (Holtby’s photos go somewhere else.) And her hubby is a USAF officer!! Go Caps!

William Seward grew up in northern IN and northern MN and was an NHL fan at birth. He is an Army Veteran who has lived in the DMV area for 19 years and became a diehard Capitals fan, and season ticket holder. He’s a certified USA Hockey U-12 ice hockey coach, plays adult mens A league hockey, and he, his wife, and two boys scream nightly at the TV during Caps playoffs, and even throughout the regular season! William brings a family based approach to his articles on the Capitals, often focusing on fan interactions, and family-based stories on Caps and NHL experiences.

Mel Abernethy is an ace photographer who has followed the Capitals since their start. She is one of FiCPs founding members. She takes photos with heart!

Send us an email at friendsincoldplacesdc@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the team. We are looking for passionate followers of hockey (not just Caps hockey) who also happen to be good writers. You set your availability and we work with you. We write for the love of hockey–’cause there is no money being made here…yet! 


  1. I responded to your post on facebook last night about going to a practice. So excited to attend a practice. We were planning on attending Friday but I’ve not yet seen the details on that. Do you think it is too soon for that post? We are just trying to make plans to take off work and inform school for our lil guy.

  2. Thanks so much any other tips we may need to know? We are coming from the eastern shore of Maryland. What time do you suggest getting there?

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