We are very excited to welcome two more women to the FiCP writing team. One is an Army vet and one is married to an Air Force officer. These ladies will be covering all things Capitals, bringing their unique and fun perspective.
Amanda White was born and raised in Northern Virginia and is a lifelong DC sports fan. She spends her time watching, talking about, and thinking about sports, mixed in with raising her three kids and working a regular job. She is an Army veteran, a working wife and mom, and an obsessed fan!
Follow Amanda on Twitter! @awhite7877
Meet Caitlin Manner. Caitlin is a Mom, a gym rat, a oenophile (get your mind out of the gutter, it just means she loves wine), but above all: a Capitals fan. And the wife of an Air Force Lt. Col. Never one to shy away from humiliation in the name of fandom, Caitlin is known for keeping Weagle tattoos in her purse (“just in case”), wearing a onesie to games, and pasting photos of Tom Wilson on her bathroom mirror. (Holtby’s photos go somewhere else.) Go Caps!
That chant is being heard over and over again this season as Alexander Ovechkin continues to amaze his team, the NHL, and we fans! The naysayers who thought he wouldn’t be a key part of the winning equation this year have been proven wrong over and over again. Sure he has had a few games with zero points, but he always has a way of making up for it.
Saturday night in Toronto was one of those nights. With a wrist shot and a power play goal in the first period, he set the tone for the team. Jakub Vrana certainly is learning from the Great Eight as we saw with his bullet of a shot in the second period. Ovi put a final touch on the game with an empty net goal that secured the win with seconds left for a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs! And one more hat trick to his credit!
Beyond the praise for his on-ice achievements, we admire Ovi for the special way in which he interacts with some special fans. He showed his big heart again in Toronto when he gave young Alex Leuy, a cancer survivor, the star treatment.
A few years back Ovi met Ann Schrubb, a member of the American Special Hockey Association, and they quickly became fast friends. He still plays hockey with the kids and is a great inspiration to them. This past September he joined them for some street hockey in front of Verizon Center, as shared by the Washington Post.For years Alex has donated his time and money to children back home. He has funded orphanages and helped supply hockey equipment to the underprivileged so that they might have the same opportunity afford to him.
Alex Ovechkin is one of those rare people who come along every so often. He captivates us with his skills. He amazes us with his generosity. And he makes us laugh with his charm.
As we celebrate another milestone for Ovi–20 hat tricks and all-time goals 576–our wish for him is that he will have a team that hoists the Stanley Cup with him before he retires.
If you have spent any time at Kettler Ice Plex you have undoubtedly seen four-year old Jonas and his dad Sigi. They are part of the Capitals Practice Pack and good friends with the Caps Russian players. And they are heading off to Texas for some new adventures.
We got to know Sigi as we began writing our blog in November 2015. We adopted Jonas as our mascot and quickly came to realize the we were watching a future hockey star in the making. JoJo spends every minute his dad can spare, skating on the ice. He is so good that he is already skating with older kids.
We, the Caps Practice Pack, and all of Kettler and the Verizon Center will miss seeing the Smailys around. Thanks for all your support to our little blog. Keep posting those videos Sigi so we can keep watching Jonas grow into that elite hockey player. We can’t wait to see Max follow in his big brother’s footsteps!! (Haha- you know it’s coming!)
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and let me tell you I was feeling very thankful for the 4-3 win over the Blues, and the 3-1 win over the Sabres. Because of the holiday we are little behind on our gallery posts so we figured why not combine the two games and give you one big AWESOME photo gallery. Enjoy the sights!
Today the Caps held practice at Kettler at 11:30,with some noticeable faces missing from the line-up. TJ Oshie (week to week) and Lars Eller (day to day) were injured in Friday’s game and did not practice with the team.
Here are the photos we got today (excuse the quality, one of us forgot our camera battery today.. not naming any names).
A few Kuzy shots!:
We sure do love this team…
In place of the aforementioned injured players Paul Carey was recalled from The Hershey Bears. Keep an eye on the blog for more updates as they come in!
As you know during Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers Daniel Winnik took a puck to the ear. After the game coach Trotz informed media Winnik had lost a little piece of his ear. We are here to tell you that everything looks just fine. But don’t take our word for it see here for yourselves.
It was a good day at practice otherwise, so many smiles on the guys faces, joking around and genuinely having a good time.
Pre-game is coming up next!
Don’t miss the Caps taking on their rival New York Rangers tonight at 7PM!!