Caps Costume Contest: Which Players Did Halloween Right?

Happy Halloween Caps fans! How many of you are dressing as a Caps player for Halloween? Hockey players seem to go all out for Halloween with their costumes and as we’ve seen in years past, many Capitals players are exceptionally good at it! Here’s a look at what the team wore this year. Who do you think had the best costume?  Continue reading “Caps Costume Contest: Which Players Did Halloween Right?”

They Like Us, They Really Like Us (Our Caps photos that is)

We launched this media outlet at the start of the 2015/16 season because we wanted to showcase the best moments of the Capitals in photos. Players, other blogs, and fans were already using and liking the pictures our photographer, Brittney Marcum, took at practice and during games so we thought, why not just create our own site to share those great for the fans, and of course the players.

Our name, Friends in Cold Places comes from a joke that Tom Wilson and Michael Latta liked and used so many of our pictures that we had become their “friends” around the ice–their private photographer. In these photos- Brittney took a picture of Latts, it was picked up by the Caps on the jumbo-tron during the next game, he liked it, so we printed it and gave it to him to honor his grandmother. And a new website was launched!!

We added a few stories about the Capitals that we thought you might want to read, and here we are today. We still take lots of photos and we love writing stories about the Capitals, the Hershey Bears, and the experiences we have following them. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy taking photos and writing.

So,  excuse us now if we toot our own horn a little bit! Continue reading “They Like Us, They Really Like Us (Our Caps photos that is)”

John and Gina Carlson Fund Raiser Sold Out

We are excited to announce that once again you Capitals fans have outdone yourselves!

A check today revealed that the Carlson’s fund raiser at Bethesda Row is SOLD OUT!! There are still some spaces on the wait list for the VIP spots if you want to sign up.

The Defeat DIPG organization is something this lovely couple has supported for many years. And now they will share their time with Lord Stanley for the cause as well. Funds raised will support:

Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation is committed to finding a cure for brainstem tumors known as diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG).  Nearly every day one child in the United States is diagnosed with DIPG and another child dies from it.  DIPG is a childhood cancer that most commonly strikes kids between ages 4 – 11, and it has a median survival of 9 months from diagnosis.  The Foundation seeks to make a difference and Defeat DIPG both by raising awareness of DIPG and by providing funding for research into effective treatments for DIPG.

Even if you aren’t attending, you can still donate by clicking here! Just scroll to the bottom for the link.

Remembering Emma Hensel with Washington Capitals and a Few Friends


Friday night is a good time to be in Clarendon, Virginia. It’s one of the best places to unwind after a long week. This Friday night (February 20, 2016) was a little different as people wearing red t-shirts filled Don Tito on Wilson Boulevard to raise funds for the Hensel family who lost their precious Emma earlier this month.



The event, hosted by John and Gina Carlson, was originally meant to help the family stay strong as they fought for three-year old Emma who was suffering with a brain tumor known as DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glima). Emma’s father, Jay, had taken a leave of absence and her mom, Teal, was taking a break from her photography business, to be with Emma. Unfortunately, Emma went to be with the angels before the event; however, Gina and the family turned their sorrow into hope that by bringing awareness other families might be spared their pain.



Washington Capital’s John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Brooks Orpik, and Nicklas Backstrom and their wives and girlfriends, lent their support to Gina and the Hensel family by selling raffle tickets to those attending for a drawing of signed merchandise, including a team-signed jersey. It was great to have a chance to mingle with so many Caps friends and to take pictures with the players, while helping someone in need of compassion.



One of the treats of the night was listening to Taylor Carson, who also played for John and Gina at their wedding. Check out is music at


Gina Carlson has a real passion for children and through her blog, Luccas Blessings  she is dedicated to raising support for “St. Jude’s lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children.” If you click on the link to her blog you will find a link to her fundraising page and through it can help her to meet her target of $100,000. Gina also does some great raffles through her Instagram and you can transfer your Caps tickets to her as a way to help raise funds.


The Washington Capitals have always stepped up to help the community and Friday they did it again, with a little help from their friends. We were honored to part of this night of raising funds and awareness. Thank you John and Gina for your commitment to your community. gina

Update to this story:

img_7939The Carlson’s will again raise fund for DIPG, using the Stanley Cup to draw Capitals fans together. Details can be found at for the July 4th event hosted by John,  Gina, and Bethesda Row (4950 Elm St., Bethesda, MD) This event will honor Michael Mosier, a young boy who lost his life in 2015 after a battle against a tumor in his brain stem. Read more about the organization his parent’s established to draw attention to DIPG and to DEFEAT DIPG.


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