Capitals Season Ticket Holders Take the Ice at Capital One Arena

One of the benefits of being a Capitals season ticket holder is the in-season skating sessions after select Capital games on the Capital One Arena ice. The first of this season’s skating sessions took place on Sunday following the Capitals somewhat stressful matinee victory over the Rangers and, as is generally the case, it was well attended and included a raffle of sticks, pucks, and a jersey autographed by Caps players and alumni. Continue reading “Capitals Season Ticket Holders Take the Ice at Capital One Arena”

New Caps Pick-a-Seat Process

Washington Capitals season ticket holders (STH) were notified today that the process to move their seats is changing this season. And it’s gonna be a mess!!!

Traditionally, STHs come into the arena at a designated time, based upon their length of time as a STH. They are allowed to walk around and see which seats are available throughout the arena. It helps to imagine the view of the ice from your seat as well as number of steps up or down to your seat.

Additionally, fans are allowed to purchase additional seats. It has been a one-step process of moving and adding or sitting tight and adding.

This year; however, because of the renovations underway at Capital One fans will not be able to enter the arena. All transactions will be on-line or over the phone with one’s representative. And, the process is a two-step now. Move your seat online and then call your rep and hope you can get through to add seats.

That means waiting for your turn during your time slot in hopes that what you see online is still available. Good luck!

We wish all our reps well during this time. Try to remain calm and cool friends. We all remember flaring tempers during the viewing party fiasco.

Caps Fans Come Together for Post-Game Skate

Even after the dull loss at this afternoon’s Blue Jackets at Capitals game, Caps fans found a way to have fun. Shortly after the game, season ticket holders were invited down into the ice to skate freely.

The ice was packed with fans of all ages and all varieties of skating skills, from amateur to expert. Skaters also had access to the home and away benches, while those who preferred to not be on the ice relaxed in the seats.

Some special guests were on the ice, as well, like a few of the Red Rockers and Air Slapshot.

img_5284 Not only did fans get the opportunity to skate on Capitals ice, they also were able to participate in a raffle. Some of the items given away were a Justin Williams signed puck (which yours truly won), a few other signed picks, some signed sticks, and a couple signed jerseys, one of which was signed by the whole team.

Overall, it was a fun chance for season ticket holders to get together and share in their love for the Caps and hockey, in general.

Nightmare at the Museum: Caps STH Party

The Washington Capitals hosted the annual season ticket holder party at the Smithsonian National The Museum of Natural History. The event has been held at Six Flags and the National Zoo in previous years so fans were pretty excited about the new venue. The night was a bit of a mixed bag – some fun and some disappointments.

The night started when fans lined up outside starting as early as 5 pm when the doors weren’t due to open until 6:30. The lines were long but they moved fairly quickly, for the most part.Once inside visitors were given a map with symbols indicating where players would be for photo opportunities or autographs. Unfortunately, the map didn’t tell you who was where so it was a bit of a mystery as fans wondered around looking for lines.

Wrist braclets were available for fans wanting pictures or autographs with Braden Holtby or Alex Ovechnkin, provided they had signed up earlier through Monmental Rewards. Alex was paired with Dmitry Orlov and Holtby with Taylor Chorney. Fans were pretty excited for the chance to meet these superstars, although many commented that they wished the could have had individual pictures with each player rather than the combined shots.

The night was a bit rushed as fans fought to find the right line. Unlike previous years the players shifted signing tables. For example, some fans were in the very long line for T.J. Oshie, Zach Sanford, and Matt Niskanen when all of the sudden they left and were replaced by Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, and Nate Schmidt. The movement of players seemed to add to the confusion. Those fortunate enough to get through the lines were pretty excited to have a chance to say “hello” to favorite players and get their autographs. Many, however, were left disappointed (putting it mildly).

There were plenty of bag lunches, beverages, and cookies around the museum. Good thing because there seemed to be more fans than in previous years. It might have been because the venue was smaller and fans were in a more confined place. Additionally, the focus was clearly on photos and autographs with nothing else to do. In the other venues the fans and players seemed to intermingle more. There were rides and things to do. And we missed seeing the players families. This venue was missing some of the fun element!

As we walked out with other fans we heard them talking about sore feet and wishing they had been able to sit down more. Some were excited about the evening but most were just plain tired. Parking was a challenge. With Metro and all its problems, many fans drove and parked several blocks away. Flipping through Twitter, it’s clear a lot of fans were unhappy and left early. 

All-in-all it was a good night. Friends of the Capitals had time together as community and for many it was the only chance they had to meet their players up close and personal. However, we, along with many fans, hope they will go find a better place next year!!

Washington Capitals Weekly: 24 to 30 October 2016

The Caps have three games this week; all in Canada  They will be in town for a couple practice sessions and a a Season Ticket Holder’s event before heading north. Check the times below because we have some late nights ahead of us.

Game Schedule

Wednesday, 26 October at the Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 pm on CSN-DC

Saturday, 29 October at the Vancouver Canucks,  10 pm on CSN-DC

Sunday, 30 October, at the Calgary Flames, 9:30 pm on CSN-DC

Practice/Morning Skate (Schedule subject to change)

Monday Practice at Caps Kettler Iceplex at 10:30

Tuesday Practice  at Caps Kettler Iceplex at 10:30

Wednesday Morning Skate at Rogers Place, 11:30

Thursday the Caps have the Day OFF

Friday Practice To Be Announced

Special Events

The Washington Capitals will host their annual Season Ticket Holders Member Party on Monday evening at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Fans will be taking pictures and getting autographs and your FiCP team will be there to bring you all the news!

Caps Movie Night at Verizon Center

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Monumental Sports hosted a movie night for their season ticket holders on Tuesday night. After spending the day at development camp we headed there. How exciting to go watch a movie in the same place you watch your favorite team play!!

Tuesday’s movie was Star Wars The Force Awakens. How fitting for me. My Dad took me to seethe original Star Wars in movie theaters at least 20 times when I was little and we also shared a love for hockey,  I wrote an article on Father’s Day telling how my Dad had passed away last July and I became a season ticket holder for the Caps to be closer to my Dad, because his spirit is definitely in the Verizon Center!  I could feel his presence tonight just like the force in Star Wars.

imageMonumental employees checked us in. All Caps, Wizards and Mystic season ticket holders were invited to watch a movie, take part in special themed events like storm trooper bowling, Jedi target training and a light saber ring toss. There; were hot dogs, mini slider hamburgers, popcorn, candy and drinks before the movie–all for free.. Specialty mixed drinks were available for purchase to those over 21 years old. We  were all given blow up light sabers that lit up in blue and red, ’cause you are never too hold for a light-up saber!!.  The telscreen played the movie for us as a few hundred people  sat in the sections behind where the players benches are usually. Tuesday it was set up for Mystics basketball.

What a great opportunity to not only see a free movie, but to be at Verizon for a different setting.  As I waited for the movie to start, I kept thinking about all the great moments Verizon center has seen from our Washington Caps hockey team. The one that stuck out the most tonight was Ovi scoring his 500th goal and how Verizon was rocking like I never had seen before . So many more great memories to come.. image

Star Wars the force awakens did not disappoint, it was action from start to finish and a few tears for me.If you haven’t seen it, I won’t give anything away!  I can tell you that I can’t wait for the next Star Wars movie! i  can only hope I get to see the next movie in a great venue like Verizon center again.. Hint hint ..Monumental network!

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!!!

From Russia with Love: Kuzy, Dima, and Stan

Season Ticket Holders were treated to a rare private session with three of the Washington Capitals four Russian players in honor of Russian Heritage Night at the Verizon Center Tuesday night. The boys were in great moods coming off a night in which Alex Ovechkin, on an assist from Evgeny Kuznetsov, scored the game winning goal in overtime. Jovial doesn’t even come close to explaining Kuzy’s mood!!

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They talked about the difference in playing in the NHL and the KHL–mostly the size of the ice. Kuzy said one difference is how loud Verizon Center gets. In Russia the rink usually holds about 7,000 people compared to the 18,000 in DC and he said it is so much louder here. And they love it. He said, “we feel the fans, how they are feeling” when they are playing. They draw energy from the crowd – so keep being loud friends!!

They all spoke about the difficulty in coming to America and  learning the language. Dmitry said he knew no English when he came and ultimately hired a tutor to help him learn. Stan, who came to the US when he was 16, had a much harder time, in part because he was so young.  When asked if the non-Russian speaking players are learning Russian or if they are learning Swedish, Kuzy giggled and said “only the swear words. We can’t say in locker room because they all know”

They also agreed that one of the hardest things about living here is being away from their family and friends. Orlov said he typically goes home for a couple months during the summer just to be with his family and see friends. Kuzy spoke about his mother and father and how difficult it is for them to change their routines by living in the DC area. That said, he talked lovingly about his mother’s cooking and that when she is here the day starts with a big breakfast, then a lunch, then another lunch…someone loves his mother’s cooking!!

There were more personal reveals too. Asked what their favorite thing to eat at home after being in America was, Kuzy’s first word was “vodka.” Then he explained what a great cook his wife was–grinned that grin we are all used to by now and said again: “vodka.”

Dima and Evgeny told the crowd that one of their favorite memories was of the Buffalo and the World Juniors Game when they beat Canada in the final. Stan said his best memories are of leading the Saint John Sea Dogs to capture the Memorial Cup in the 2010-11 season.

And then there was Canada. As Stan tells of Kuzy calling a local restaurant to make  reservations for five at 7 pm. The person on the other end of the line said it was not possible–too late to do on a Saturday night. So Kuzy asked if it would make a difference if one of the five was Alexander Ovechkin. The reply? “Five with Ovechkin available any time!”  There IS power in the Ovi name!!

It was a great 30 minutes with some of the most talented players in the league. All of them, for their accomplishments, were pretty humble and completely hysterical. One can only imagine what happened when they were in Los Angeles…but apparently no one is talking!!

Thanks to the Caps and our Russian boys for a great evening.