Hershey Spotlight: Connor Hobbs

Today begins our daily Hershey Bears Spotlight, the newest addition to the blog. We know you all are already going through withdrawals after yesterday’s final day of Caps Dev Camp so we decided to give you some more information on the guys from camp that will be heading to Hershey for the first time this season as well as those returning from the previous season.

First up we have one of our personal favorites here at FiCP; Connor Hobbs who played defense wearing #7 for the Bears since last season. Connor was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft #143 overall and continued to play for the Regina Pats in Canada for two more seasons following the draft.

In total Connor played for the Pats for three seasons before coming to the Bears; breaking multiple records during his time there including goals in a single season by a Pats defenseman and points in a single season by a defenseman in the WHL.

Connor is a hard hitting guy who throws his body around in all the right ways and has the speed to get him where he needs to be. To us he is the Tom Wilson of defenseman. Last season he posted 61 minutes in penalties, accompanied by three goals and 13 assists Impressive for a defenseman in his first season with the AHL. These numbers do not truly reflect his abilities though due to a wrist injury that sidelined Hobbs for seven weeks.

We expect to see Connor again for training camp in September as he demonstrates his abilities with the full Caps team.

Caps Season Ticket Holder: Selecting A New Seat

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June 7th was select a seat night for Caps season ticket holders (STH); where you can see what seats are now available to exchange or purchase for the 2016-17 hockey season. There weren’t very many seats available, which is a good indication that fans still have faith and support this Capitals team.Verizon was set up just like a hockey game, except there was no glass or ice… I know, I was sad to see that too…

Since I’m a rookie-it’s my first year as a season ticket holder-I was in the last group to go into the Verizon Center. STHs are allowed to go into the seating bowl where pieces of paper are taped to those seats up for grabs. Once you find the seat you like, you can stand by the seat and a Caps’ game-night employee will answer questions you have–like will our view be blocked if we take pictures from here. Once you make the decision to take the new seat, they send you off to to guest services to complete the final business of transferring seats. The released seats are then flagged as available for the next group coming in.

So my dilemma was to move from sitting behind my favorite player, Holtby defending twice, to moving all the way over to the opposing side and attack twice. I was still  looking a Row C, but a little to the side instead of directly behind the goalie.  After thinking way too much, I chose to move.DSC_0378

Ok here’s my reasons for switching: I will get to see more Caps goals, more cellys, Holts will be there for the 2nd period, there’s more seat room for me and my stuff and the ultimate deciding factor: no Monumental network sign reflecting off the glass and in the pictures!! You can see that sign in many of my pictures and I don’t get to share them with you.

The event itself was a fun experience. We were greeted by our ticket reps and there was free soda, popcorn and t-shirts!  Although the last three groups missed out on the t-shirt thing. There are few rules about the number of seats that you can buy (8) which the reps go over before letting you loose to roam the seats. And you can’t split up pairs of seats to buy one–which is all I needed. I noticed that other NHL teams do the same select a seat events; however, they make it an open house with more activities like merchandise sales and player autograph sessions!  I’m hoping the Caps will do something like that next year!

I was sad to see no hockey being played at Verizon in early June,  but going there and knowing next season is not that far away helps me make it through. And remembering what an amazing season the Caps had helps me focus on what’s to come in the 2016-17 season!

Look for pictures from the blog to be from better angles and closer up, because your FICP team has moved closer to the action!  I’m not the only one who moved!   Maggie and Brittney moved to their seats from the 200s to the 100s and will be covering the other end of the ice!  Moving on up..wait.. That’s moving on down!

Get excited Caps fans!! This season will be a good one all around and we will be there covering it for you from start to finish!!!

Happy Birthday Latta (All the Reasons we Love Latts in Photos)

Happy 25th birthday to our favorite Cap! (Oh who are we kidding, he is our favorite everything.)

This one goes out to our dedicated Michael Latta Fans!

We have had the privilege of getting to know Michael a little bit this season and have had a lot of fun taking pictures of him for you.

There is serious Latts.

There is roomie Latts.

There is shooting Latts.

There is silly Latts.

And last but certainly not least, there is son Latts.image1 (13)All we can hope for is that we will see Michael back on the ice come October. He is a restricted free agent which means it is time to negotiate a new contract. We think Michael has what it takes as a solid fourth liner. Trotz has said he brings a spark to the game (which is why we have nicknamed him Sparky)and you see that every time he is on the ice. He even took to fighting a bit more at the end of the regular season — much to our surprise.

Latta is good on the face off. Sparky has the right juice for a fourth liner. He isn’t overly expensive at this stage of his career. We need to see more ice time for him so that he can become the solid player the Caps need in their next run for the Cup. We recommend the Caps sign him up for another two years. And yes, we would take him over Mike Richards or Stan Galiev.

Happy Birthday Michael, and we really enjoyed getting to know you this season!

 

I Like It, I Love It; Caps Best Preds in Smashville

 

On Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals took on the Nashville Predators. Andre Burakovsky was celebrating his 21st birthday and Mike Ribeiro was celebrating his 1,000th NHL career game. Marcus Johansson was finally back in the line-up, while Stanislav Galiev was a healthy scratch yet again. Brooks Orpik and Jay Beagle are both still out due to injury.

PERIOD 1- Whistle while you work…

This period seemed to start out very similar to the last couple games. The Caps were called for a few penalties, as were the Preds. The Caps scored first and on just their third shot of the game. Preds had some great opportunities, but ever the awesome tendy, Braden Holtby kept them at bay.

GOALS-Jason Chimera scored his 14th goal assisted by Tom Wilson

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PENALTIES-Nate Schmidt called for holding, Mike Fisher called for tripping, Justin Williams called for hooking, Craig Smith called for tripping, and Marcus Johansson called for hi-sticking

SCORE-Caps lead, 1-0

PERIOD 2-Penalties can kill

This period started out quietly, and stayed that way until about five minutes in. The Caps scored and seemingly took the crowd out of it. At least until the Preds got one past Holtby on the back to back power plays caused by too many men on the ice. There goes the shutout. It started to get pretty heated in the last few minutes but nothing amassed past one goal each.

GOALS-Tom Wilson scored his 5th goal of the season assisted by Marcus Johansson, and Filip Forsberg scored assisted by Craig SmithIMG_9150

PENALTIES-The Caps were called for 2 consecutive bench minors of too many men on the ice (Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson served the penalties)

SCORE- Caps lead, 2-1

PERIOD 3- Mojo magic

The Caps were testing Pekka Rinne early, but he stood tall and kept the Caps off the board until a lucky bounce gave them a two goal lead. A beautiful save by Rinne gave way to another Caps goal as a rebound was put in past the Nashville netminer. A couple of deflections past Holtby gave the Preds some life. A late PP gave the Caps the victory as an empty net goal was scored when Nashville pulled the goalie.

GOALS-Justin Williams scored his 17th of the season assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov, Marcus Johansson scored his 14th of the season assisted by Justin Williams, Roman Josi scored assisted by Calle Jarnkrok, Filip Forsberg scored his second of the night assisted by Mattias Ekholm, and Alex Ovechkin scored his 31st goal of the season, an empty netter assisted by Nicklas Backstrom.

PENALTIES-Mattias Ekholm called for tripping, and Matt Niskanen called for interference

SCORE-Caps win, 5-3

Caps are now 39-9-4 with 82 points. The third line has been fantastic! Tonight was no exception. With the re-entry of Marcus Johansson, that line showed why they must be feared! They are fast, feisty and can score. The Caps are showing more and more why they are a team to be taken seriously.

UP NEXT-the Caps next game is Thursday against the Minnesota Wild at 8pm on CSN.

No home practices until they return home this weekend.

Happy 21st Birthday to Burkie and Congratulations to Kuzy on 100 NHL career points!

Written by : Ashley Reid

Photos by: Brittney Marcum

Caps-Islanders Photo Gallery

Welcome to our first official gallery post! We have so many wonderful photos that are going to waste so we thought you might enjoy the opportunity to see them!

We are so excited to share and if you have a specific player you would like to see more of please let us know and we will do our best to cater to you. Also, feel free to use any of our photos, we just ask that you give credit or leave our watermark in the bottom.

Photos by: Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy

Without further ado:

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The boys wore special camo jersey’s for warm-ups to support USO Metro and Defending the Blue Line

 

 

 

Introducing Our Newest Photographer:Mel

Friends- we are growing!!  As we strive to bring you quality coverage of the Washington Capitals and local hockey events, we are adding quality reporters, editors, and photographers to the staff. Today we want to introduce you to our newest member, Mel Abernethy. Now we have double the coverage at games and practice. Please welcome her and look for her pictures, along with Brittney’s to capture the best Caps moments.

Hi Caps fans!  My name is Melonie but feel free to just call me Mel and I am a caps fan from the olden days of the cap center and watching practices at Mt Vernon ice rink. I have always wanted to write about caps hockey but got sidetracked by my career as a boat captain. I’ve always photographed the caps and love sharing my photos with everyone.

I discovered Friends in Cold Places through Twitter and followed along. Since I couldn’t go to every practice at Kettler I love the daily updates and pictures.  When there was a tweet asking do you love hockey? And like to write about?! Well, I took that leap to message Maggie about my passion for writing and photography …along with my love for caps hockey…and that’s all it took..

Next home game, I met Maggie and her daughter Britney and we tandem photographed warm ups. I knew I was in the right place.

I look forward to getting to know everyone and sharing my experiences about how much I love caps hockey . Stay tuned fellow caps fans. Much more to come!!
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mel old school
The photos are from the caps store opening in DC I think in 1981-1982.I got pictures with every player.Including Rod Langway, Mike Gartner & Yvon Labre.  My dad let me skip school to go to the store opening.

Caps Practice Surprises

Practice Update
The team took morning skate at Kettler this morning. Joining the rest of the team were our All-Star Game stars: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby.
Big celly for Kuzy who was named NHL Star of the Month!!!

BIG NEWS! Brooks Orpik skated with the team for the first time in forever, the boys were so pumped they cheered and gave Brooks some stick taps before practice:

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If you look closely you can see a VERY happy Brooks Orpik grinning from ear to ear!


Ovechkin skated and looked to be ok, but remember, he sits out tonight after skipping the All-Star Game.
Your goaltender for tonight is expected to be #31 Grubauer
And there was a general fun-filled attitude around the rink as seen in these shots of the day:

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