Inside the Caps Media Area; Caps Social Night Part 2

Saturday Arianna told you about her experience with Craig and Courtney Laughlin during the Capitals Social Night. As bloggers, sports photographers, and sports broadcasters in training, it was a real treat for us as non-credentialed bloggers to see where we aspire to sit! We were escorted by Megan Garner, Director of Marketing throughout the tour.

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Craig, Courtney, and James Heuser, Director of Digital Media for the Capitals were gracious hosts. From the moment we stepped on the elevator with Eric, we were full anticipation to see where our local idols call home during games. We made our way down the hall to the media area where Courtney warmly greeted us. Her dad joined us shortly after we arrived.

Craig took us down to the CSN suite and where he makes magic happen. Asked if he stands during the broadcasts, he explained that they try to stand as much as possible but at times he has to manage his notes and the computer so he ends up sitting down quite a bit. The view was great from his area, much better than we imagined. Locker said they have to vacate the space when NHL or NBC take the lead broadcasting Caps games.

Everyone who has a role in bringing fans closer to the game experience has an suite and we were able to see some of those as we walked around. We saw where snacks are set and information is shared with the media. We had a look down on the ice from the press box as well as the screen where the media get a closer perspective of the game.

There was some great teasing between daughter and father about the social media gap. Courtney is doing her best to train her dad on the many nuances of tweeting and Craig said he is still waiting to figure out Instagram and Snap Chat. It was pretty comical. That said, CSN is committed to engaging with fans more on social media and Courtney explained that they really do want more fan input during the many shows on CSN. Craig was especially excited about Facebook live!

watermarked132016-12-18-1054We really appreciated the opportunity to see behind the curtain of the Caps media machine. Even Sergey Kockarov, VP of Communications (and PR guru on twitter) joined us for a bit.  We also have a new appreciation for the preparation and hard work that go into giving the fans the best viewing experience possible.

Stay tuned for an interview soon with Courtney. Let us know what you would like us to ask.In the meantime. stick tap to all those behind the scene personnel.

Caps Social Night with The Laughlins

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Although tonight didn’t have the outcome that Caps fans hoped for, the Capitals Social Night wasn’t a total loss. Before the doors were opened to the public, a few dozen fans were brought up to the press box to hang out with Craig and Courtney Laughlin.


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The media view from above.
All the way up on the sixth floor of the Verizon Center, fans got a tour of the press box from Locker himself, even getting to go inside the broadcasting booth. 

Afterwards, there was a small Q&A with him and his daughter about social media and how important it is to their jobs.

Fans were given commemorative pucks, a free six-month subscription to Monumental Sports Network, and lots of selfies with the Laughlins. Overall, it was a hilarious and fun thirty minutes that all of the fans appreciated. Especially to hear Locker try and explain how he is learning to use social media from Courtney!

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”