Caps Fan Fest: Some Good, Some Not So Good

Party on Friends!

Many of you arrived really early to get in line for a chance to have your photo taken with the Stanley Cup. Some folks arrived before the sun was up- ok some of you got there the night before!

Stanley Cup Viewing

The lines for the Cup viewing and photo op wrapped down through the garage at Kettler. Last we looked, the lines were down to the third level. Unfortunately, the Capitals were unable to accommodate everyone who showed up, leaving plenty of fans disappointed. The line was cut off at 3, two hours later then planned and fans were given until 4 to make it through rather then the original 2 pm close. Of you arrived after 9, chances are you didn’t have a chance to take a photo.

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Our gal Velvet Jackson didn’t wait in line – but she took a sneak photo for us!

It was HOT HOT HOT out there waiting in 90 plus degree weather with no shade on the roof top. The lines just seemed to go on and on and on. (Swipe for all the photos)

Security had their hands full, trying to keep the incoming cars from running people over and getting folks where they needed to be. They managed to do it with the same good cheer we saw at the Stanley Cup Parade.

Fans had some troubles in the terrible heat and long wait. There was free water available early on; however, it was only at the top of the line. Lots of folks were pretty exhausted and dehydrated by the time the made it through the garage and into Kettler. Some had to leave the line because they felt faint. We think Kettler didn’t fully anticipate the huge number of fans that were coming!!

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There were numerous complaints on Twitter about the lack of information or the wrong information that was provided by the staff brought in to work the event. Additionally, some fans who were in the late afternoon crowd were forced to take group photos with people they didn’t know– other than having spent several hours standing with them in line. In the end, the Capitals issued tickets to people who stayed in line but were unable to have their photo taken. Many of you did not get a ticket, but we suggest you click this link and fill out the information.  From the Caps:

Thank you for attending this year’s Capitals Fan Fest. We appreciate your patience as we moved through as many fans as possible to take a picture with the Stanley Cup. If you were in line and did not receive a photo please fill out the below and we will communicate future Stanley Cup photo opportunities to you. If you received a green or red ticket please be sure to reference the number.

Many of your were among the fortunate to have your photo taken. The Caps were overwhelmed uploading the photos and we have heard they are working as quickly as they can to load them. The link for photos can be found here.

Equipment Sale

And there was used equipment to be had. The lines for the equipment sale were so short that people were able to walk right in. There wasn’t much left following the development camp scrimmage, but some folks did walk out with hockey sticks with player names like Orpik, Chiasson, and Kempny.

Ice Skating

Also part of the day was the the $5  ice skating. We saw many families lacing up and jumping on the ice. A great way to cool down!

And let’s not forget Caps Development Camp and the prospects scrimmage. Click for more.

Outside there were few activists compared to previous years. Most likely because the Stanley Cup line took up half the deck!

The FiCP team was everywhere and we will have more personal stories about the day. Oh and check out our piece on the Development Camp scrimmage. For now, we share this photo of our Man Dan (Daniel Johnson) and his brother. Two who made it through the lines to the prize of the day.

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Photos by Brittney Marcum

Contribution photos from Daniel Johnson and Velvet Jackson

Caps Morning Skate Videos- pre Game 3

We shot a bunch of videos this morning. Most are on twitter, but not all of you follow us there. It’s a good thing to follow us on Twitter @incoldplacesdc and Instagram @friendsincoldplaces for great photos and videos.

Continue reading “Caps Morning Skate Videos- pre Game 3”

Capitals Practice: Sunday Photos

The Capitals were on the ice at Kettler late Sunday morning following a big win over the Sabres on Saturday night (5-1). Everyone was there, at least at the start of practice.

Tom Wilson came out. Skated around a bit. Hit a few pucks at our photographer Brittney. Skated off. Came back and talked to the trainer and left again after about three minutes. Coach said later it was a ‘maintenance thing ‘ for him and he was fine. We aren’t as convinced as he sure looked like something was bothering him. Let hope he is in for practice at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

We had a chance to watch Michal Kempny with John Carlson- a likely pairing for future games.

Moving toward Monday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Trotz said Jakub Jerabek is still on hold pending resolution of a visa issue.

Taylor Chorney is likely to make his debut Monday in a CBJ sweater.

Lines during practice today do not necessarily mean same lines on Monday…

Forwards

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Defense

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The guys were in visibly good moods today, it was great to see them all smiling.

There are just too many good ones not to share..

Practice: Caps And NY Rangers Share the Ice at Kettler

The Capitals are looking pretty darn good lately. Today at practice they were fine-tuning their game and integrating Andre Burakovsky back into his spot. And they were still in a jovial mood too! Continue reading “Practice: Caps And NY Rangers Share the Ice at Kettler”

TJ Oshie Makes Surprise Appearance at Kettler

Just as practice was winding down, we looked up to see Oshie feeding pucks from behind the bench. He wasn’t there but about five minutes; however, it was encouraging too see him interacting with the team.

Word is that he has not been cleared to skate yet so a Friday return is out of the question. In fact, Coach Trotz really is sitting quiet on this one.

Let’s hope this is a move closer to seeing him with skates on!

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Capitals Practice: Stephenson and Burakovsky Skate

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It was a good day at Kettler today. Chandler Stephenson and Andre Burakovsky were back to skating with the team after each suffered varying degrees of injury. Not on the ice was TJ Oshie who was butt-kicked into the boards Monday night. Stephenson has been out for one game with an “upper body injury” and has been cleared to play on Wednesday, if needed. And, Madison Bowey was looking fine despite a nasty slash to the hand on Monday.

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Getting up Early on Black Friday..Not to Shop but for Caps practice

Early risers got a quick but vocal practice from the Washington Capitals. With game time at 5pm, practice was set for 9am at Kettler. Goalies out around 840am Kuzy, Orlov & Vrana all out early too.

watermarked16(2017-11-24-1348)Smiles were abundant along with lots of communication work when digging the puck out of their own end behind the goal. Some shaved their mustaches (Tom Wilson), others kept theirs.

Face-off practice between Beagle & Smith-Pelly got intense & Ovi did push ups while skating before practice.. (show off)

 

and tonight’s starting goaltender will be Phillip Grubauer…who has yet to get a win, #winitforgrubi Grubi’s dad was in attendance for practice and Phillip’s birthday is tomorrow.. maybe some magic in the air for Grubi tonight!

Fans got pictures and autographs from some of the Caps today too! Aaron Ness & Nathan Walker both stopped after practice in full gear to sign and take pictures with their fans, Jay Beagle & Braden Holtby stopped for fans outside of kettler on their way to their cars.. with it being a holiday for most there was a good sized crowd waiting for their favorite player.

 

Caps canine calendars are available for purchase starting today, they are for sale a Kettler &Capital One Arena. Caps players are taking to social media to advertise how the calendars benefits Homeward Trails shelter. I got mine today & it’s really a great calendar with awesome pictures of your favorite Caps players, some with their own dogs and others with dogs available for adoption. Go get your today Caps fans!!watermarked24(2017-11-24-1349)

 

Capitals Training Camp Pushing Players Skill Levels

Tuesday’s training camp was a lot of fun to watch today. The first two rounds we saw AHL, ECHL, college kids, and NHL players working in more unity. The second round was mostly those players who are likely to return home without a spot on the Caps roster. The third season was chock full of Caps players and likey candidates for those coveted spots. 

They started early today with warmups at 0830. They were finally off the ice by 2:30. That’s a lot of standing and taking photos and video!! 

Take a look at what Mel captured today:










Can we just say how much we love Holtby and Orlov??

Capitals Daily Social Media Wrap: Weekend Editon

Now that there is something to write about after the summer break, we are restating our evening wrap of the days best tweets, IG, and media releases. 

What’s up with training camp? Who is shining? 

Scrimmage Sunday was fun to watch. Vogs shares his insight: 

Player Comments:

Leaner, faster, and ready:

First Pres-season is Monday night:

This is weird:

Looking ahead:

One of our favorite little guys had a real treat today!

And your stuff:

https://twitter.com/luvdcaps/status/909425127225470978

And finally: Happy Birthday Ovi

Oldies but Goodies Back for Capitals Alumni Game

Last night the Capitals gave us the experience of virtual time traveling by putting Capitals alumni on the ice to face off against one another. It was a very cool experience. The teams wore Red jerseys vs White jerseys for the match up.

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A few notable alums on the Red team were Capital’s legend Peter Bondra, Capitals current CSN analyst Craig Laughlin and their coach, former Capital Yvon Labre.

The White team also had some notable players like Olaf Kolzig, Mike Knuble, and Alan May. They were coached by another Capitals Legend, Rod Langway.

The game ended up 8-7 in the RED team’s favor due to a late game winner by Laughlin.

It was so much fun seeing the old guard playing together. There was a fan favorite for all the viewers!!