Chris Cleveland Joins the FiCP Family–Yeah, we Let a Guy in…

Chris Cleveland has been one of Friends in Cold Places biggest supporters since day one. He tweets us. He messages us. He sends us video and great pictures he gets with players (Caps and other). So we finally decided, what the heck, invite him to join us. And he agreed. Here’s his story:

Hello Friends in Cold Places.  I’m Chris Cleveland and I am a huge hockey fan.

My hockey story is quite funny.  I was actually a Blackhawks fan before becoming a Caps fan. I know, how could that be??  Well one year for Christmas my parents decided to get me Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews jerseys when I was ten. This started my journey into hockey and I was obsessed with watching the Hawks.

Alright enough about the Hawks. I became a Caps fan around 2010 when they switched from the old school jerseys to the new cool looking red ones. When the Caps switched over to the red jersey, I totally fell in love with the team and how good they have been.


My Favorite memory from when I was younger is when I was at the so-called Snowvechkin Game when Alex rallied the Caps back from  3-1 to win it in overtime. I have been to some pretty wild Caps games over the years, including my most recent and favorite memory of Game 7 vs the Islanders two seasons ago, when Kuzy put the Caps up 2-1 with an amazing move and a heck of a shot.

I am currently taking classes at NOVA Community College at the Alexandria campus. I love going to Kettler for practices on my days off because it is not too crowed and it’s easier to meet the players.

I am super excited to be joining the FiCP crew this year. I’m a big stats guy and know a lot about the NHL, outside of the Caps and Hawks,  so look for some pretty interesting articles from me once the regular season starts. For now I won’t be doing too many articles because the Nats are in the playoffs and I have baseball fever!! Once that comes to an end, look for me to be very active on this page.

As a teaser, I have a few predictions for the team this year.  I think we are due for another huge year and I really think this is the year we win the cup. I’m expecting big things from some of the role players outside of Ovi and Nicki. I think Mojo and Burakovsky are going to really go off this year and have 60-point seasons!! Also if they can find “Stan the Man” Galiev some decent ice time, I easily think he could be a 20-goal per season type of guy.

I can’t wait for this season to start and this be the year we maybe get to see Ovi raise the cup he has worked so hard his whole career. The time is now for him to win it all and I think a 60-goal season is very likely for him this year.

There ya have it friends.  Welcome to the Family Chris!!

Caps Daily Glass Bump: December 5, 2015


The Washington Capitals will be looking for their third win on the road this afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets. The Caps come into the matchup as the Metropolitan Division leader while the Jets continue their struggles with a 6-4-1 record at home. The Jets power play has been reasonably strong and the Caps will have to tighten up their game to keep off the PK. But lets not forget that Alexander Ovechkin has earned more points against the Jets than any other NHL team, according to the Washington Capitals.


According to Isabelle Khurshudyan, Marcus Johansson is a game-time decision, having left practice on Friday with a “little tweek.” It is possible that Andre Burakovsky will move up into his place on the second line and Stanislav Galiev will be in on one of the lower lines. Stay tuned fans for a last minute update. (Check our Twitter @InColdPlacesDc)

What line will Burky play tonight?


Going into this afternoon’s game we must ask:

  • Can the Caps continue their game winning streak and make it seven in a row?
  • Will Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov again score against the Jets and send the Caps home with a 7th straight win?
  • Will Ovi continue his tradition of chalking up points against Winnipeg?
  • If in, will Galiev score his first goal of the season?
  • Will we have a Russian kvartet or troika force on the ice today?

What to Watch for Tonight:

Justin Williams: One point to go to reach 600 career HNL points.

John Carlson: One goal away from a career high of 50 NHL goals.

Marcus Johansson: One point away from a career high 200 points.

Stanislav Galiev: Has yet to score his first goal this season.