Caps Practice: Oh Those Faces!

Some people go to practice/morning skate for the hockey. Some bloggers cover practice to get a glimpse of lines for the upcoming game.

We go to practice to capture the faces of the players and today they were in rare form!!

The strange faces started with Andre Burakovsky who was skating this morning before the rest of the team took to the ice. He seems to be healing nicely. He may go west with the team and start participating more in team skating. We sure hope so.

We may have been a bit more focused on Nate Schmidt since he complimented us on our photos last week:

Our Russian players never disappoint us. Kuzy and Dima tied for best expressions!

The rest of the gang was having a good Monday.

Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Daniel Winnik!! 


Kuzy had a moment with Jakub Varana, who we are all watching to see how long the Caps keep him up here.

All stretched out and ready for a 16th home win tonight. Maybe even Ovi will score!!

There will be a goalie in the net tonight – Braden Holtby most likely. He apparently has yet to have a win against the Dallas Stars, according to Washington Post bear reporter Jesse Dougherty.


And it looks like Schmidt, Chorney, and Carey will be the healthy scratches tonight.

Meet Lily – Our Newest Writer!

FiCP is so excited to welcome Lily Rosenberg to our team of talented writers.

Lily, who hails from Bethesda, is a sophomore in high school. We first met her this summer when she gave us this brilliant synopsis of the Jason Chimera situation:

We knew then that she HAD to join our team of all women writers and photographers.

Lily has been following hockey since she was seven years old and started playing hockey when she was eight. In her free time, she keeps stats about every team in the NHL — just for fun!! Her other interests include acting, music, and baseball.

Look for some personal insight articles, some great analysis pieces, and more videos in the weeks ahead.

We here at FiCP believe you are never to young, never too old, and never too much of a girl to know and love hockey. If you have a passion for hockey and some good writing skills, send us a message and you too can become part of the only blog totally run by women who love hockey!!

Stick Taps and Cheers Welcome Jay Beagle Back

Ketter Ice Plex erupted in cheers by the fans and tap sticks by the players as Jay Beagle joined the team for his first practice since injuring his hand on December 30, 2015.  Beags has been working with the trainers on the ice for some weeks now but today was the first day he was on the ice with the full team.

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After everyone else had left the ice, Jay stayed to skate with Saturday’s game scratches, Stan Galiev and Taylor Chorney…and then he cleaned up the pucks…



Meet our Newest Team Member: Christopher Johnson

FiCP is pleased to announce the addition of another skilled writer and editor to our team, and our first male member! We have known Chris for years and we are excited to have someone with his experience (10 years) in journalism, writing for associations and magazines.

Christopher is a born and raised Washingtonian living in Fairfax, Va. His love of the Caps is lifelong and has been going to games since they were at the Capital Centre (later USAir Arena) in Landover, Maryland. His fandom reached its peak when at 17 years old, he witnessed the only home win in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals at MCI Center (now Verizon Center) when the Capitals beat Dominik Hasek 3-2 in overtime and went on to win the series 4-2.

He brings his knowledge of the Caps and will give a different perspective on not just the players or the game, but the elements and people surrounding it. Watch for some great stories from Chris.

Introducing Our Newest Photographer:Mel

Friends- we are growing!!  As we strive to bring you quality coverage of the Washington Capitals and local hockey events, we are adding quality reporters, editors, and photographers to the staff. Today we want to introduce you to our newest member, Mel Abernethy. Now we have double the coverage at games and practice. Please welcome her and look for her pictures, along with Brittney’s to capture the best Caps moments.

Hi Caps fans!  My name is Melonie but feel free to just call me Mel and I am a caps fan from the olden days of the cap center and watching practices at Mt Vernon ice rink. I have always wanted to write about caps hockey but got sidetracked by my career as a boat captain. I’ve always photographed the caps and love sharing my photos with everyone.

I discovered Friends in Cold Places through Twitter and followed along. Since I couldn’t go to every practice at Kettler I love the daily updates and pictures.  When there was a tweet asking do you love hockey? And like to write about?! Well, I took that leap to message Maggie about my passion for writing and photography …along with my love for caps hockey…and that’s all it took..

Next home game, I met Maggie and her daughter Britney and we tandem photographed warm ups. I knew I was in the right place.

I look forward to getting to know everyone and sharing my experiences about how much I love caps hockey . Stay tuned fellow caps fans. Much more to come!!
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The photos are from the caps store opening in DC I think in 1981-1982.I got pictures with every player.Including Rod Langway, Mike Gartner & Yvon Labre.  My dad let me skip school to go to the store opening.

Hockey Wife Blogs for Young Wives and New Moms

Women in Hockey: Gina Carlson and Lucca’s Blessings

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My favorite pictures of Lucca are the ones like this…full of life, innocence, joy, happiness, contentment. Toddlers have no knowledge of the evil in this world. They don't know about politics, war, addiction, disease, anxiety, or depression. They wake up ready to take on the day, constantly reaching for the next thing. They have an immense amount of life in their tiny little bodies, (why us parents are constantly so exhausted😂). They never stop exploring, & discovering new things. Imagine if we all smiled & laughed just because a plane goes by.. Lucca sees pretty flowers & lights up, smiles ear to ear. I've been thinking about the struggle I've had since becoming a mom (well, my whole life) but more so since having Lucca. Sometimes it feels like anxiety just steals the life right out from under me. His little life is so precious & in my hands. It can be so overwhelming. Am I going to mess up? Am I doing everything right? If John takes him outside to water the plants in the front yard, I'm frantic thinking he's going to run into the street. It makes me a control freak, & sometimes a constant nagger to my husband 😕 I don't want Lucca to grow up & remember me as an anxious mom who was constantly holding him back from life. I want him to live the most fulfilled life, chasing his dreams & doing everything his heart desires (except jumping out of planes, etc. please don't😩). I got off track a bit but I woke up to two random donations to @stjude ..I love reading the message u all leave. I love that so many people- my neighbors, wives of my husbands teammates in the olympics who I've met one time in Sochi, CAPS FANS, moms I've made friends with on instagram, my family & friends, my in-laws friends I've never met, have all come together&left donations on my fundraising page. I receive emails from people I've never met that their office is picking a charity & they want to pick @stjude . Every parents worst nightmare is some parents reality. No parent should hold his child while he takes his last breath.see my stories today for some sales for @stjude thank u to every single person who has ever donated a cent, it's truly appreciated. 💛

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Do you love kids? Are you a mom? Have you recently had a baby? Curious about what it’s like to date/be married to a professional athlete? If you answered yes to any of these questions you should check of the blog of Gina Carlson (Lucca’s Blessings), mom to beautiful son Lucca and husband to Washington Capitals D-Man John Carlson.

Gina’s most recent blog post was something we thought would interest our readers. We have a lot of friends who are moms with kiddos ages three and under and have gone through some of the things Gina talks about on her blog including what it is like to be married to a hockey player, pregnancy and post-pregnancy, and the challenges of being a first-time mom.

Perhaps the most incredible thing about Gina is her passion for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Gina recently held an auction via her Instagram page  for a DC Sports basket which included signed jerseys from her hubby and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, and tickets to a Caps game among other things! The basket went for a final bid of $2,250.00. This is just one example of the awesome fundraising efforts by Gina and will certainly not be the last.


If you would like to donate to help the kids at St. Judes Click here.

Thank you Gina for letting us share your story.


Written by Brittney Marcum

Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????

As the new kids on the block, we had to ask ourselves that very question. And obviously, we think not. There are some great blogs out there, each with a different style or way of presenting information. On this Thanksgiving Day eve, we are thankful for the bloggers who have come before us and paved the way for quality reporting on social media.

JAPERS Rink is the big daddy of us all. Hosted by SB Nation, they provide daily coverage of Caps practices and games. If you follow them on twitter they also link you to all the articles written about the Caps. One-stop shopping at its best. Then there is Russia Machine Never Breaks. They have been writing all things Russian players since 2009. They were the first blog we ever followed and probably who inspires us the most to just have fun covering hockey. They are the best place to go for translations of articles and what Russian players really said! And then there is the blog that got us started and through which we found our own style. NoVa Caps provides a forum for fan to write articles and share their passion. They also recap games and repost nifty articles. Also new on the scene is Washington Capitals Loyal Fan Club Page over on Facebook which reposts great articles from all the outlets and bloggers.  Continue reading “Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????”


Welcome to a new blog for fans of the Washington Capitals that promises to bring you great photos and articles about all things hockey. Not only will you find the best pictures of  your Capitals players but watch for pictures of the Hershey Bears and local hockey teams in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region. We will be hitting the road to bring you stories about fans traveling out of the area and of your favorite team on the road.

We are big fans ourselves and we our at most most Caps=related events. If we can’t make it, we would love to have some of you follow the events for us. Just let us know you are going and we can collaborate. If you have that special photo with a Caps player, let us know and we will share it with other fans. If there is a story you would like us to write on – just send us a comment and we will do our best.

We are here because we have so much fun being a part of the Caps community and that love has spread to a general love of hockey in the DMV. We hope you will catch the Red Rocking Spirit with us as we travel meet with friends from cold places.