The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town

After John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden took part in the NHL All-Star weekend festivities in San Jose and the rest of the team enjoying extra time off with both the All-Star break and the NHL mandatory bye week, the Caps are back in action. The team practiced on Thursday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (or today if you’re reading this now) to gear up for a Friday night tilt. The second half push begins tonight with the Calgary Flames coming to Capital One Arena. The Caps hope a break can help them snap their seven game winless streak, something we hadn’t seen in quite some time.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town”

Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson were well represented at the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose last week. With coach Todd Reirden at the helm of the Metropolitan Division, the trio contributed to wins over the Atlantic and Central Divisions to win the All-Star Game and split the grand prize of one million dollars. Continue reading “Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win”

John Carlson Wins Hardest Shot Competition

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The Washington Capitals, at least in the case of defenseman John Carlson, finally won something on Friday night. Although it doesn’t officially end their current seven game winless stretch, Carlson stole the spotlight in the Hardest Shot challenge at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at SAP Center in San Jose. It’s been a long time coming for Carlson and in 2019 he finally was voted into his first All-Star game.  Continue reading “John Carlson Wins Hardest Shot Competition”

Todd Reirden is Named Coach of the Metropolitan Division for NHL All-Star Game

Todd Reirden has done a good job guiding the Washington Capitals in their quest to back-to-back and that effort was rewarded by the NHL on Saturday morning. The league officially announced who the head coaches are for each division for the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, California. Reirden will coach the Metropolitan Division which features Capitals defenseman John Carlson and goaltender Braden Holtby.  Continue reading “Todd Reirden is Named Coach of the Metropolitan Division for NHL All-Star Game”

Back-to-Back: Alex Ovechkin is Named Metropolitan Division Captain for NHL All-Star Game for Second Year in a Row

To the surprise of no one, okay maybe there were some surprises since many fans lobbied for Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin has been named team captain to represent the Metropolitan Division for the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. This will be Ovechkin’s eighth All-Star Game of his career and will be the second straight season Ovi has been named captain of the Metro Division. He joins an elite group featuring the All-Star captains of Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs, Atlantic Division), Nathan McKinnon (Avalanche, Central), and Connor McDavid (Oilers, Pacific).  Continue reading “Back-to-Back: Alex Ovechkin is Named Metropolitan Division Captain for NHL All-Star Game for Second Year in a Row”

Let’s Vote Tom Wilson into the NHL All-Star Game

michael banner 2Greetings fellow Caps fans. Nobody unites people more in political crazy Washington, D.C. like the Washington Capitals do. With 30 other fan bases hating on one of our own fellow right wingers, it’s time to unite even more. Let’s all come together and vote Tom Wilson into the NHL All-Star GameContinue reading “Let’s Vote Tom Wilson into the NHL All-Star Game”

The NHL All-Star Hype

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The NHL hosts their version of the All Star game this weekend in Nashville, TN. Its an annual event players and fans have come to love and hate. We love seeing our favorite players outside their home environment and teaming up with rival players. But most hate the interruption of the season just as we pass the mid-point threshold.

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Kuzy having a little fun with pal Leo Komarov (Leafes)

 

This year is a little different for Washington Capitals fans though. The excitement started with the announcement that Barry Trotz had been selected as the Metropolitan Coach. Added to the team line-up were Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin, and Nicklas Backstrom. Coach started almost immediately to lobby for the inclusion of the “underrated” Backstrom at the games. Nicky said he had nothing to do with Coach’s decision but is honored and excited to be in Nashville.

The one thing keeping national hockey fans engaged, beyond seeing all our favorite players in one place is the John Scott drama. A less-than top quality player, enforcer Scott was voted in by the fans as one of the team captains. Scott has gone with the flow read his own take on it here) despite some backlash from the league itself. There is no denying that he has stolen some of the limelight this year.  Even Holtby managed to get his picture taken with him.

The big change for the Caps was the decision to hold Alex Ovechkin back to rest a nagging minor injury. (Oh and he was suspended for one game as a result)The disappointment of Ovi staying home was quickly overtaken with the excitement that Evgeny Kuznetsov would be taking his place. He was just who we needed to replace Ovi–one skilled charismatic Russian for another. And he seems to be having a blast and creating his own buzz:

The Format

 Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena will host the NHL All-Star Games new format of three 20-minute 3-on-3 hockey games. According to the NHL: “Each team will be made up of 11 players: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders”  Check out the team rosters here. Additionally, there will be a skills competition to highlight the special skills of the players voted in to participate.

Key segments of the weekend schedule looks like this:

Saturday

Player Red Carpet Arrivals

3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Mascot Showdown Shinny Game 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
2016 NHL All-Star Skills Competition 6:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

 Sunday

2016 NHL All-Star Game 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

For Barry Trotz this is a special homecoming weekend as he still has family in the are and a link to the special needs community. One of the things we love about him is his commitment to community. He paid a visit to Best Buddies in between meeting his media obligations:

Check out the All-Star Game site for more information on the game. In the meantime, here are some great shots of Trotz BoyZ captured during Friday’s media day. Check back with us later for some shots of what the other players are doing this weekend…like shots from the beach…

Our thanks to the NHL and the Washington Capitals for some great shots of our Boyz and the events.