We are 18 days away from the Washington Capitals taking the ice for their first preseason game, which means players have started to trickle back into town and gear up for another exciting season. This season will be even more special in the fact that the Caps will be defending the Stanley Cup! One of their key components of that magical championship run was Evgeny Kuznetsov and he was one of the few handfuls already back at MedStar Capitals Iceplex working out with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish aka Camp Nemo. Continue reading “Evgeny Kuznetsov is Back in DC, Looks to Build on Successful Season”
Our top 10 moments of the regular season continues. #8 takes you back to early October, the second Capitals game of the regular season but their first at home at the newly named Capital One Arena. What would Alex Ovechkin do for an encore to his hat trick Opening Night in Ottawa? Score four goals of course! Plus this contest marked the highly anticipated debut of Nathan Walker, who would become the first Australian-born athlete to play in the NHL.
Dmitry Orlov now has six seasons with the Washington Capitals. The last three have been his most solid seasons in the NHL, going with the Caps to the playoffs all three seasons. Orlov, who was drafted by the Capitals in 2009 played his first game in the NHL 21 November 2011 and scored his first NHL goal January 15, 2012, wearing his original number 81 jersey. Orlov changed to the number 9 prior to the 2014 season, the number he wore in Russia on the KHL’s Metallurg Novokuznetsk team.
Saturday Alex Ovechkin celebrated the joy of winning the Stanley Cup Championship in Moscow with the people who inspired him to greatness.
And that evening he, Dmitry Orlov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov; with their wives, celebrated at at karaoke club.
The celebration wasn’t just about the incredible hockey player Ovi has proven he is. It was also about the love he and Nastya share. You can see how proud she is to be an expectant mother in the lovely photos of the night.
And we saw some rare footage of their formal wedding in July 2017.
Here is a video from 2017- just before their wedding – of the evolution of this fairytale romance.
If you have spent any time at Kettler Ice Plex you have undoubtedly seen four-year old Jonas and his dad Sigi. They are part of the Capitals Practice Pack and good friends with the Caps Russian players. And they are heading off to Texas for some new adventures.
We got to know Sigi as we began writing our blog in November 2015. We adopted Jonas as our mascot and quickly came to realize the we were watching a future hockey star in the making. JoJo spends every minute his dad can spare, skating on the ice. He is so good that he is already skating with older kids.
We, the Caps Practice Pack, and all of Kettler and the Verizon Center will miss seeing the Smailys around. Thanks for all your support to our little blog. Keep posting those videos Sigi so we can keep watching Jonas grow into that elite hockey player. We can’t wait to see Max follow in his big brother’s footsteps!! (Haha- you know it’s coming!)
Thursday at Verizon Center the Washington Capitals will celebrate the heritage of some of our most colorful players: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetzov, and Dmitry Orlov. We thought we would share some of our favorite photos of these guys in preparation for the night.
Ovi took Washington by storm when he arrived in 2005 after signing a $124M contract for 13 years. Though he hasn’t brought home the Stanley Cup yet he continues to break records in the NHL and in the Caps franchise. As much as we love his playing, we love all those great smiles and other odd faces we catch at practice and during games. You’ll see that just like Alex, our skill with the camera has grown since we started taking pictures in 2010.
Dima is the ‘quiet one’ – except we know he is a bit of a prankster too. Just look at that mischievous face of his. Orlov plays defense for the Caps and has been kind of up and down in his stats. We get that he is inconsistent, but when he is good – he’s really good. He told fans last year that he was really working on his english so it will be interesting to see if there is more confidence in how he speaks–and in his game as we head to the playoffs.
But when it comes to charisma and those goofy looks – Kuzy tops all the rest. From day one he has been great about meeting the fans. This year has not been as great as we had hoped but we have no doubt that he will bring it in the playoffs. Simply put, we love us some Kuzy.
And though he may be in Hershey now, we just had to include our old friend Stan Galiev. No matter where he plays he will always be one of the our favorite Russians!