The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District

Tonight will be an emotional night for Caps fans as they welcome back a center who brought a blue collared work ethic on the ice and a good heart off the ice. Jay Beagle was an integral part in the Capitals success. In 10 seasons, he played 471 games finishing with 116 points (51 goals and 65 assists). It ended in the best way possible, hoisting the Stanley Cup. Continue reading “The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District”

Capitals Assign Christian Djoos to Hershey on Conditioning Assignment

Christian Djoos is inching closer to his return from a lower-body injury he suffered back on Dec. 11 in the Washington Capitals game against the Detroit Red Wings. Since his injury, the defense had struggled which led to a seven-game winless streak before the All-Star break. Djoos was slowly making progress and after some brief time in a light blue non-contact jersey, the second-year defenseman began fully practicing with the team this week.  Continue reading “Capitals Assign Christian Djoos to Hershey on Conditioning Assignment”

The Pregame: Brooks Orpik to Play in 1,000th NHL Game Tonight

When Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik laces his skates, puts on the home red uniform and takes the ice tonight against the St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena, it would mark doing so for the 1,000th time. Orpik will become the 330th all-time player, 114th defenseman and 22nd active player to play in 1,000 NHL games.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Brooks Orpik to Play in 1,000th NHL Game Tonight”

The Pregame: Caps Gear Up for Saturday Night Metro Clash vs. Blue Jackets

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MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – The Washington Capitals are back home after a brief stop in Boston where they took care of business. Now their focus turns towards tonight’s game. A rematch from last year’s first round of the playoffs that the Caps rallied from 2-0 down, the first step on their road to championship glory. It is also a key game in the Metropolitan Division. The Caps are vying for their fourth win in a row.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Gear Up for Saturday Night Metro Clash vs. Blue Jackets”

News from Morning Skate: Brooks Orpik is Close to Returning

MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – The Washington Capitals went back to work on Thursday morning gearing up for a Metropolitan Division clash with the Carolina Hurricanes. We sent our team to a packed morning skate to see how the Caps will line up for this game and see how close Brooks Orpik is to returning.  Continue reading “News from Morning Skate: Brooks Orpik is Close to Returning”

It’s Looking a Little Different at MedStar Capitals Ice

At the end of July, MedStar Health and Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) announced that the Capitals training facility would become MedStar Capitals Iceplex as part of an expanded agreement. The signs are changing all around the ice rink located on the top level Ballston Quarter; formerly the Ballston Commons Mall.

Ballston Quarter is undergoing a major renovation and most facilities in the building remain closed. We will have an update before Capitals training camp begins in September, but suffice it to say, it is a bit of a challenge right now to navigate the area with all the construction. The Mall was scheduled for opening in September but we think given what we are seeing, it will be a bit later.

Gone is the old walkway many fans used to get from the Metro to the mall. Gone too is Front Page restaurant where the Caps and fans used grab a table outside for lunch after practice. The walkway will return but not for another year.

The MCI rink, as it is becoming affectionately known, has already replaced most of the Kettler Ice Plex signs. We are seeing modest signs of improvement around the facility as well. Checkout the Capitals logo on their rink. Here are some of the signs from the elevator to the front desk and all around the rink.

The Boys are Back! Day 1 in Photos

Today was no ordinary Friday, today was day one of the Washington Capitals 2016 training camp. The day was divided into three groups with Group White first, Group Red second, and Group Blue ending the day. There were a lot of new faces at camp so let’s run through those you might not be as familiar with.

# 61 Dan DeSalvo:

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# 57 Nolan Laporte:

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# 39 Christian Thomas:

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# 59 Dylan Magonari:

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# 46 Darren Dietz:

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And then there were the goalies, SO MANY GOALIES:

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And we could never forget those old familiar faces we’ve missed so much these past few months:

At the end of each session the players would participate in on-ice testing:

For the schedule of practices for the following week click here

Photos From Behind the Scenes of Hockey N Heels

On January 12, Scarlet Caps hosted Hockey N’ Heels. Although there is some controversy about the event name, it is an opportunity to bring more women into the hockey fandom. This event taught all aspects of the game including: face-offs and slap shots, player nutrition, information about equipment. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the pros and to make new friends.

I’ve been to Hockey N’ Heels in the past and have been impressed with what I learned from players, coaches, and even the other fans I met. As this wasn’t my first rodeo, I was the resident expert in my group of friends (or so I labeled myself), which included the ladies from FiCP:  Brittney, Renee and me, as well as my mom. My mom even got interviewed by Fox5 and was on the 11 o’clock news. She thinks she’s a big shot now! Once we checked in we were put into four different groups– we naturally Rocked the Red as the Red Group. Continue reading “Photos From Behind the Scenes of Hockey N Heels”

Caps Daily Glass Bump: 1/21 

Caps returned to Kettler following a 6-3 win against Columbus on Tuesday and they just couldn’t stop smiling. The rink was pretty full as most kids had a snow day, inlcuding Cale Chimera and Jaxon Williams who seemed to be having a great time hanging out on the bench chattin up the big guys.   

 First on the ice were Jay Beagle and Brooks Orpik before the rest of the team came out to practice, they left the ice before the team came on. 
Perhaps the biggest Caps news in the past few days is that John Carlson returned to the ice to practice with the team. Coach said it is a possibilty he could play against Anaheim tomorrow, we will keep you updated as we get more information on that. 

 
Mike Richards really seems to be meshing well with the other personalities on the team, as we saw the past two games he is excellent on the PK, a skill coveted by many. 

We will keep you up-to-date with any game/ practice cancellations due to weather. As of now everything is still planned to go on as scheduled per Mike Vogel. 

Some extra photos for your enjoyment:

 

Willy is always smilin’
  
   
 

Written By: Brittney Marcum

Photos By: Brittney Marcum

Practice Updates in Photos 1/13/16

Today, I bring you the photos that were supposed to be here yesterday, had I not forgotten my camera battery at home.. Ah, the life of a photographer/student/employee/blogger. 

Let’s get down to it.

Mike Richards is fitting in nicely with the team during practices. Today he was working with teammate Tom Wilson and Coach Lane Lambert before practice was in full swing, working on shots from all angles. 

 
Tom Wilson was back on the ice after leaving early yesterday with a lower-body injury as a precaution.  

Always with the tongue out

Now here are some extra photos from today we thought might interest our followers. Since we missed photographing yesterday we figured we’d bring you a twoffer and include some photos of the visiting Canucks! 

 

Holtbeast getting in some shot practice as well
  
Poor Burkie looked so confused this morning…
 
 
Our favorite Swedes were having a grand ol’ time
  
The Sedin twins and the Vancouver Canucks took practice at Kettler today
  
Canucks back-up goalie, Jacob Markstrom