About FiCP

Friends in Cold Places is the only Washington Captials blog run by women with an international staff. We all love hockey: NHL, local, (beer leagues yes!) and international. Our full team includes two ladies dedicated to shooting as many games and practices as possible, and four women and four gents contributing in various capacities. We are the only blog with two professional photographers, one brilliant lady in high school, a guy writing from Brazil and another writing from Canada. Two of our writers are US Army Vets and one is married to a USAF officer. We love our vets!!  Oh and we’ve got one crazy tweeting-dude.

We provide a unique perspective on hockey as we photograph and write what we see and experience. We strive to capture the fan experience, no matter where that fan is watching! We bring you original images and personal stories about the  Washington Capitals.  Many Caps players even use our pictures for their own IG photos and profile shots.

You can find us a Kettler 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 so we can bring you an insiders view of  Caps-related events.

We would love your suggestions to make this a real fan-driven blog, unlike any other. 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


Your Writers and Contributors

Mel Abernethy: Brings you personal stories from the stands as well as stories about Caps players. She got the Caps bug from her father and has been a fan from the beginning. She’s also part of the management team.

Brittney Marcum: 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.

Bryce Jurkovac: Bryce makes sure his family sits for to watch every Caps games–and tweets of course. This Army vet living in North Carolina 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 in Raleigh. Follow Bryce @jurky88

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 Twitter King and will be writing some analysis too. He’ll be doing some analysis for us and may write the occasionally article on the Blackhawks or other visiting teams. He’s starting at Marymount University this year and may not be as active as he likes…or so he says… Follow him @swisschris19

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. Follow his Portuguese tweets @WCapitalsBR

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!  @awhite7877

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. And the wife of an Air Force Lt. Col. 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.) Go Caps!  Follow Caitlin on twitter @CaitlinManner

Marcus Boutilier grew up playing hockey in Southern Ontario and Leaf Nation and is now living in Oiler Nation. But he’s been cheering, jeering, and couch coaching/managing the Caps since the draft of 1983 and the Unleashing of the Fury we know as Scott Stevens. Marcus even interned with the OHL champion Oshawa Generals Hickey Club. He also makes time for Oilers hockey as well, since he is stuck in the middle of after all. He says “With McDavid in the lineup I’m cool with it.”  Follow Marcus on Twitter at @SportMajor

William Sewardis an Army Vet, a USA Hockey Certified U-12 coach, and father of two boys. His is a hockey- loving family who love the Washington Caps. William has been a Caps season ticket holder for seven years. You can find hanging out in the 400 level or at Kettler Ice Plex. Or on the ice down in Prince William County. Follow him on Twitter at @FederalDuck

Velvet Venters Jackson is a DC native who is a fun, energetic social butterfly. She is a mom of four, grandma of two, fur mommy of two cats Boo Boo & Butter & a wife to CJ. And a published author, her book Strut Of The Puck is available on amazon and she has have a blog: The Geeky Chicky. When she is not blogging,writing books or spending family time, she works part time as a hostess at the PWC Club located inside the Capital One Arena. Follow her on Twitter @cheesiepeesie

Focus Group

Brittney Marcum, Photographer

Mel Abernethy Photographer

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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