On Friday night, Washington Capitals hockey returned to the District of Columbia after an All-Star break complemented by a bye week. The lengthy break did the defending Stanley Cup champions a great favor, for they entered the period of rest losers of seven straight, although a few counted as OT in the standings. They came close the last time they were at home but got robbed by the Sharks with a last second game tying goal. This time, they wouldn’t need overtime. Continue reading “Bye Bye Losing! Evgeny Kuznetsov Comes Through with Clutch Goal to End Caps Seven-Game Winless Drought”
The Washington Capitals kicked off their four-game road trip the right way, defeating the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night 5-2. Nicklas Backstrom notched his 600th assist in the most fitting way possible, on an Alex Ovechkin power play goal. Continue reading “Nicklas Backstrom Records 600th and 601st Assists in Caps 5-2 Win Over Vancouver”
On Monday night, the Washington Capitals took on the Vancouver Canucks to begin a four-game road trip. Prior to the game, one of our favorite Capitals players finally got to receive his Stanley Cup ring. Jay Beagle had been a longtime fixture with the Capitals almost as long as Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom had. A key component on the fourth line and face-offs on the ice and a personable guy among the fans off the ice, it was great to see Beagle finally get his ring. Continue reading “Jay Beagle Gets His Ring and We Couldn’t Be Happier”
Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears Day one of training camp 2018.
The Washington Capitals officially returned to the ice Friday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex (MCI) where the kicked off day one of training camp. The rink was full of fans and media to capture the start of their journey to back-to-back. We will have other reports about specific players and squads; this is just a summary of the things that caught our attention – not necessarily technical analysis, just good old Capitals fun.
Missing from camp on Friday were John Carlson and Lars Eller who the Capitals reported were out for “lower body” injury. Eller left the ice on Wednesday and did not return. Not sure what happened to Carly as he looked good when last we saw him on 10 September. Additionally, the Caps report that Sergei Shumakov is working through some visa issues.
Saturday Arianna told you about her experience with Craig and Courtney Laughlin during the Capitals Social Night. As bloggers, sports photographers, and sports broadcasters in training, it was a real treat for us as non-credentialed bloggers to see where we aspire to sit! We were escorted by Megan Garner, Director of Marketing throughout the tour.
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Craig, Courtney, and James Heuser, Director of Digital Media for the Capitals were gracious hosts. From the moment we stepped on the elevator with Eric, we were full anticipation to see where our local idols call home during games. We made our way down the hall to the media area where Courtney warmly greeted us. Her dad joined us shortly after we arrived.
Craig took us down to the CSN suite and where he makes magic happen. Asked if he stands during the broadcasts, he explained that they try to stand as much as possible but at times he has to manage his notes and the computer so he ends up sitting down quite a bit. The view was great from his area, much better than we imagined. Locker said they have to vacate the space when NHL or NBC take the lead broadcasting Caps games.
Everyone who has a role in bringing fans closer to the game experience has an suite and we were able to see some of those as we walked around. We saw where snacks are set and information is shared with the media. We had a look down on the ice from the press box as well as the screen where the media get a closer perspective of the game.
There was some great teasing between daughter and father about the social media gap. Courtney is doing her best to train her dad on the many nuances of tweeting and Craig said he is still waiting to figure out Instagram and Snap Chat. It was pretty comical. That said, CSN is committed to engaging with fans more on social media and Courtney explained that they really do want more fan input during the many shows on CSN. Craig was especially excited about Facebook live!
We really appreciated the opportunity to see behind the curtain of the Caps media machine. Even Sergey Kockarov, VP of Communications (and PR guru on twitter) joined us for a bit. We also have a new appreciation for the preparation and hard work that go into giving the fans the best viewing experience possible.
Stay tuned for an interview soon with Courtney. Let us know what you would like us to ask.In the meantime. stick tap to all those behind the scene personnel.
Although tonight didn’t have the outcome that Caps fans hoped for, the Capitals Social Night wasn’t a total loss. Before the doors were opened to the public, a few dozen fans were brought up to the press box to hang out with Craig and Courtney Laughlin.
All the way up on the sixth floor of the Verizon Center, fans got a tour of the press box from Locker himself, even getting to go inside the broadcasting booth.
Afterwards, there was a small Q&A with him and his daughter about social media and how important it is to their jobs.
Fans were given commemorative pucks, a free six-month subscription to Monumental Sports Network, and lots of selfies with the Laughlins. Overall, it was a hilarious and fun thirty minutes that all of the fans appreciated. Especially to hear Locker try and explain how he is learning to use social media from Courtney!