The Washington Capitals continued their preseason on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, the same team they took on Sunday afternoon to open the exhibition slate as well as the team they will begin the regular season against on October 3rd at Capital One Arena. They once again fell to the Bruins, this time by a final of 5-2. The big story, however, wasn’t what took place on the ice but the new-look arena off the ice. FiCP was there and got a first look at the renovations. Continue reading “Capitals Drop Preseason Home Opener in New-Look Capital One Arena”
By now you know that the guy in our spotlight today has just signed a brand spanking new one-year extension with the Caps/Bears. If he plays in the NHL his contract is worth $650,000.00 as opposed to the mere $115,000 as a Bear. This really gave us some perspective on how little AHL players make in comparison to the guys in the show.
But let’s focus on the spotlight at hand. Riley was drafted in 2012 along with notable Capitals prospects Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators), Tom Wilson (you all know where he is), Connor Carrick (Maple Leafs), and last but not least, Christian Djoos (Hershey and Capitals- he’s next up in our Hershey Spotlight).
Even though they were drafted in the same year they have traveled very different paths. The guys that have made it to the NHL permanently have stepped up in ways that we haven’t seen from Barber yet.
Barber played three years for University of Miami (Ohio) and scored an average of 18 goals per season. The numbers are a little bit deceiving though due to the length of the college hockey season. The length of a regular season is about half that of the NHL- so just think how amazing those numbers would be if they had the full 82 games to play like the NHL.
Unfortunately due to a wrist injury and accompanying surgery in the 2016 season, the numbers for Barber are a bit inconsistent in the AHL. What we do know is that Barber was number one in goals for the Bears in the 2017-18 season, which most certainly solidified his new one-year extension.
Next up Djoos!
This weekend we took FiCP on the road yet again to our favorite Pennsylvania destination- Hershey! The Outdoor Classic between the Bears and Phantoms was set for Saturday the 19th on the coolest stage in Hershey; Hershey Park Stadium. We had such a blast and are thrilled to share some awesome photos from the weekend!
Prior to the game there was a fanfest which included signings by some of our favorite alumni!
Before the game began we caught some of the boys playing a little soccer or football on the field.
It was a littttlleeee bit chilly as you can tell:
The pomp and circumstance during the Bear’s entrance was so exciting and made you forget the temperatures even if just for a moment…
We must say though, the Phantom’s jerseys were a sight to see… we’ll let you judge for yourself.
But perhaps the most entertaining part of the evening were the mascots!
MeLVin the Phantom’s mascot was on and off “battling” with Coco the Bear’s mascot:
Last night the Caps tied the franchise record for consecutive home- wins at 13. It was a low scoring game with the final score being 2-1. Tom Wilson scored early in the 1st period while Justin Williams scored the game- winner late in the 3rd.
It was also the Caps “You Can Play” night and Holtby was showing off his rainbow stick during warm-ups
Some Bears players also made an appearance, Riley Barber and Aaron Ness:
Tom Wilson is always such a ham, and we’re okay with it.
Kuzy is a family man, and his daughter is adorable..
Some of the bad guys too:
Photos By Mel