Our Thanks to Jill Sorenson

We met Jill Sorenson through the Caps Fan Club. She had come to speak to a group of die-hard Caps fans about the 2015/16 season and the skinny on players. She shared her personal stories about covering DC Sports since 2000, when she worked with legend  NBC’s George Michael. She graciously agreed to meet with us as we were launching this blog and was one of our first, and favorite, interviews of all times. Jill’s story continues to be read by fans month after month, even though the interview was in December 2015.

Today she confirmed what had been only rumored last week. CSN has decided not to continue their relationship with her. We are saddened and angered by the decision. As are many fans and others who cover the Washington Capitals.

Jill became a grand supporter of our little endeavor, understanding what it is like to be the new kid on the block and to be women working in a predominately man’s world of sports coverage. She encouraged us to keep going, even when we might have to fight for our place. She told us to be ourselves and cover the Caps in a way that is natural for us.

img_6293She then introduced us to other women in the hockey world – bloggers and players. Over the years since we first met, she always greeted us warmly and supported us on Twitter as we continued to carve out our niche of three women running a hockey blog which expanded to include a couple of guys and a few other women who write when they can.

And then there is the Jill who we watched provide insight into the lives of the Washington Capitals. Her stories were heart-felt and full of mutual respect as players opened up their homes and their personal lives to her. And you could see the respect she had from many of her co-workers at CSN and around Kettler and Verizon Center. Our hope is that she will land on a local network where she can continue to interview players and interact with fans as she has for so many years at CSN.

We can’t say enough about this wonderful lady. We wish her, and her family, nothing but the best. We so greatly appreciate the doors you opened to us Jill and the friendships (Wendy) we have made because of you. We can’t wait to see you back on the air, doing what you do best – covering DC Sports!!

Maggie, Brittney, and Mel

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two; 
May the sun always shine on your windowpane; 
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; 
May the hand of a friend always be near you; 
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Caps Practice: Working it While Laughing (photos)

The Washington Capitals have things going their way lately. All four lines are doing their part as are the defensemen and goalies. But you know that saying, “practice makes perfect” and after another shutout game they returned to Kettler for practice on Wednesday.

They started with a slow warm-up, playing a bit with the coaches before heading to the Arlington Rink at Kettler for drills. coach-start

 

Ovi warmed up the bench for a bit, welcoming the players as they joined the ice. After a bit of contemplation, he joined the team skating and shooting.

The team looked tired but they kept pushing through.deep-thought-winnik

Zach Sanford, who was called up from the Hershey Bears Tuesday night, was on the ice. No one seems to know why he really is here.

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They also look intentional in their drills. There was a real sense of team community on the ice as the lines grouped together not just to practice, but to talk among each other.

There was the typical joking around…

 

Even Hotlby was looking tranquil  and happy.holtby

But no one shows how good the Caps must be feeling now more than Jay Beagle.

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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”

Caps Daily Glass Bump: 1/21 

Caps returned to Kettler following a 6-3 win against Columbus on Tuesday and they just couldn’t stop smiling. The rink was pretty full as most kids had a snow day, inlcuding Cale Chimera and Jaxon Williams who seemed to be having a great time hanging out on the bench chattin up the big guys.   

 First on the ice were Jay Beagle and Brooks Orpik before the rest of the team came out to practice, they left the ice before the team came on. 
Perhaps the biggest Caps news in the past few days is that John Carlson returned to the ice to practice with the team. Coach said it is a possibilty he could play against Anaheim tomorrow, we will keep you updated as we get more information on that. 

 
Mike Richards really seems to be meshing well with the other personalities on the team, as we saw the past two games he is excellent on the PK, a skill coveted by many. 

We will keep you up-to-date with any game/ practice cancellations due to weather. As of now everything is still planned to go on as scheduled per Mike Vogel. 

Some extra photos for your enjoyment:

 

Willy is always smilin’
  
   
 

Written By: Brittney Marcum

Photos By: Brittney Marcum

Practice Updates in Photos 1/13/16

Today, I bring you the photos that were supposed to be here yesterday, had I not forgotten my camera battery at home.. Ah, the life of a photographer/student/employee/blogger. 

Let’s get down to it.

Mike Richards is fitting in nicely with the team during practices. Today he was working with teammate Tom Wilson and Coach Lane Lambert before practice was in full swing, working on shots from all angles. 

 
Tom Wilson was back on the ice after leaving early yesterday with a lower-body injury as a precaution.  

Always with the tongue out

Now here are some extra photos from today we thought might interest our followers. Since we missed photographing yesterday we figured we’d bring you a twoffer and include some photos of the visiting Canucks! 

 

Holtbeast getting in some shot practice as well
  
Poor Burkie looked so confused this morning…
 
 
Our favorite Swedes were having a grand ol’ time
  
The Sedin twins and the Vancouver Canucks took practice at Kettler today
  
Canucks back-up goalie, Jacob Markstrom
 

Holiday Hockey Shopping Tips

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Ok Cap’s fans—we have scoured the stores  for you in search of the best Washington Capitals and hockey gifts and have come up with a pretty short list. We found that the two best places to meet your apparel  and trinket needs are the Washington Team Store at Verizon Center and at Kettler Capitals  IcePlex. Next best bet if you can’t make it to DC or Arlington is Dicks Sporting Goods followed by Target.

Let’s start with the best: Verizon’s Team Store.

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The store has just about anything you want with prices running the gambit from about $10.00 upwards to $150 for a jersey, more if you want it personalized. It has the best selection of memorabilia.     shop vzelf

Added bonus with the team store is you can also pick up your Wizards and Mystics shirts too. They are open noon to 6pm through December 23rd.

 

 

 

Kettler’s Capital IceplexTeam Store is much smaller than Verizon and also more convenient to many of you.

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We may only have one or two practices at Kettler before Christmas but the store will be open un til Christmas Eve. Prices run about the same as the main store; however, you can order your personalized jersey here and they will try to have it back to you in about an hour.

We found this great hockey book for kids that you might want to check out:

 

Holiday Hours

Monday (12/21)

10 AM – 8 PM
Tuesday (12/22) 10 AM – 8 PM
Wednesday (12/23) 10 AM – 8 PM
Thursday (12/24) 10 AM – 4 PM
Friday (12/25)

Closed

Dick’s has one of the best selections of wearing apparel outside of the team stores. And if you are looking for a hat—this is the place to go. We saw t-shirts here that we have not seen anywhere else.

Target has a very limited selection of shirts. That’s about it.

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Modells in Fair Lakes has a decent selection of apparel. You can pick up jersey’s and some hockey equipment here too.

Tickets: Always a great gift for someone to find in their stocking on Christmas morning. Check out http://www.ticketexchangebyticketmaster.com/washington-capitals-tickets/

Hockey Gear

The best place around is Hockey Giant in Sterling, VA. They say they have: “hockey sticks, skates, gloves, protective gear, accessories or apparel, Hockey Giant Sterling has exactly what you’re looking for. And, you’ll always find plenty of options from top hockey and lacrosse brands like Bauer, CCM, Easton, Reebok, Warrior and Brine.”

If you don’t want to drive out to western Virginia, Kettler also has a pro shop that can meet many of your needs. Check them out here. You can find skates, sticks, equipment, and skates for your figure skater too! They are open until 10 every night through 12/23

Happy Shopping and keep Rocking the RED!!!

Women and Their Hockey

There are a lot of thing said about women who come to hockey games-–most of them are pretty negative and we won’t repeat them here. Instead we will be spending the next few editions of Women in Hockey talking about the bright and passionate women we know who follow hockey, report on hockey, and live hockey as players, moms, and avid watchers. Our quest to find positive models of women who love their hockey has led us to meet some incredible women.

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Did you know there is a National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)? There are four teams, all on the east coast of the United States and their players hail from around the globe. The NWHL is the first league to actually pay women to play hockey. They play an 18 game schedule from October to February. North of the border the Canadian Women’s Hockey League is going strong, although they are not yet payed for their time. Both leagues hope to align themselves with their NHL brothers as they strive to carve out a new niche market.  

Women’s hockey has been a part of the Winter Olympics since 1998. Slow to grow, the female side of the sport has gained popularity with each passing game. The women’s tournaments are usually dominated by the United States and Canadian teams. Eight teams competed in the last tournament in 2014 and challenge between the US and Canadian teams brought world-wide attention to an expanding sport.

In addition to these professional players, many ice rinks now provide hockey lessons to men and women and there are several coed teams around the US. For example, Kettler Ice Plex boasts an adult coed league that is fortified through training sessions for both men and women. In the weeks ahead you will be hearing from some of the women who play hockey and why they decided to put on pads instead of tutus to skate competitively. There are the moms who load up cars with hockey equipment to take their kids to practice and games. And let’s not forget the women who bring us updates about our favorite teams and budding sportscasters found in on our college campuses.

 jill_112315   In the coming weeks you will be hearing stories from all of these women as we strive to bring you a new perspective on women in and around hockey. If you have a story to share, let us know. We would love to include you in our spotlight. We are excited to have met so many incredible women who are changing the face of hockey and breaking the stereotype.

 

 

Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????

As the new kids on the block, we had to ask ourselves that very question. And obviously, we think not. There are some great blogs out there, each with a different style or way of presenting information. On this Thanksgiving Day eve, we are thankful for the bloggers who have come before us and paved the way for quality reporting on social media.

JAPERS Rink is the big daddy of us all. Hosted by SB Nation, they provide daily coverage of Caps practices and games. If you follow them on twitter they also link you to all the articles written about the Caps. One-stop shopping at its best. Then there is Russia Machine Never Breaks. They have been writing all things Russian players since 2009. They were the first blog we ever followed and probably who inspires us the most to just have fun covering hockey. They are the best place to go for translations of articles and what Russian players really said! And then there is the blog that got us started and through which we found our own style. NoVa Caps provides a forum for fan to write articles and share their passion. They also recap games and repost nifty articles. Also new on the scene is Washington Capitals Loyal Fan Club Page over on Facebook which reposts great articles from all the outlets and bloggers.  Continue reading “Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????”