Friends in Cold Places is the only DC area sports blog run by three women who love hockey. Our full team is comprised of two professional photographers, nine writers: including one brilliant lady in high school, a guy writing from Brazil, one crazy tweeting-dude, someone from “inside,” a rowdy lady who runs up and down 95 for games, and two Army vets.We are proud to bring you the original photos players like and ask to use for themselves.
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.
Most of us are season or partial-season ticket holders and we bring an insider view of all Caps-related events.We also follow local hockey because the Capitals have a strong influence in our community.
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 TEAMYour Writers and Contributors
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Amanda White was born and raised in Northern Virginia and is a lifelong DC sports fan. She spends her time watching, talking about, and thinking about sports, mixed in with raising her three kids and working a regular job. She is an Army veteran, a working wife and mom, and an obsessed fan! Follow Amanda on Twitter!
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!
Michael Marzzacco joined FiCP after years with another blogger. It is his fourth season covering the Capitals and you will likely read some of his practice reports from MCI and game and player analysis. He also covers high school sporting events in Loudoun County for the Loudoun Times Mirror and writes about the NBA’s Washington Wizards for the site Hoop District. He brings a depth of knowledge about DC and local sports to FiCP. Follow him on Twitter @Marswaggo
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.
Velvet Jackson is a DC native who loves writing and telling stories. She works part-time as a hostess at the PWC Club located inside the Capital One Arena and is on the board of the Washington Capitals Fan Club. And she has a hockey love story in publication and one on the way. Follow her on Twitter @cheesiepeesie
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.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!