March 12, 2020: the day hockey came to an abrupt end with the announcement from the commissioner that he would take a pause as the United States and Canada began to see the spread of the Coronavirus. It was maybe when many of us realized that this was serious and possibly life changing. It was only two weeks ago and yet it seems like forever.
We have seen hockey go on hiatus before with the lockouts. That was about grown men who couldn’t come to agreement (where have we seen that lately). There was uncertainty then too: when would they start, how long would it take, would the game look different, and could the teams (for us the Washington Capitals) be able to quickly rebound. Those are the same questions we are asking today and we have the same, if not greater degree of uncertainty.
What we do know is that we need hockey. There is something healing about hockey and sports in general. It was there after 9/11 to help us cry with New York and give us something to look forward to. It was there in Las Vegas after an unthinkable shooting when the newly minted Vegas Knights stepped in the limelight. Their opening was unlike anything ever seen and a powerful statement about resilience and recovery. And it was there in Florida when Roberto Luango stood as part of the local community, as a parent and said what needed to be said about the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. So yes, we need hockey to help make us feel whole again.
In the meantime, we watch reruns of the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup and that incredible parade after. We cheer again as Alexander Ovechkin scores 700 and 701 points, over and over again. Now we watch simulated games with our own guys announcing the short video game. But it’s getting a little old.
Caps Stanley Cup Parade
What we are really missing is community. Work and schools and religious communities are banding people together over various video chat platforms. It makes us feel connected when we actually see faces. Can we do that in Caps country? Can we virtually connect in a way that will help us all get through? Call some friends- get online and talk Hockey and when you do—be sure to check and see how everything is going. Give them space to talk about their fears and maybe cry about kids being home and unemployment. And bring some laughs in as you talk about hat tricks and amazing saves.
Let’s do community Caps fans. We need it more than ever!
The NHL and Monumental Sports announced on Friday they were pulling the plug on the season over growing concerns about Coronavirus. Emotions are mixed: it’s the right call for the health of players, staff and fans while disappointing at the same time as things are left unfinished.
It’s been a great season for the Washington Capitals, except that little stretch of losses. It’s possible the season will resume at some point but the break could change the current trajectory for teams and individual players.
We may never know if they were poised for a rebound as they entered the playoffs.
We may never know if Alexander Ovechkin would hit 50 or more goals.
We may never know if the Caps would go with Braden Holtby or Ilya Samsonov in the playoffs.
We’ll miss seeing John Carlson finish a career high in goals, assists, and points. Would this be his year for the NHL to award the Norris Trophy?
Basically, we will miss hockey. We hope that all of you, and all our Capitals staff and players, remain healthy through this crisis. Hockey is resilient. We bounce back from things like lockouts and we will come back from this. In the meantime- enjoy some family time and we’ll keep watching the boys on IG for a little dose of hockey.
The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday morning that defenseman Brooks Orpik has hung up his NHL skates. According to the press releases, Orpik has this to say: “I’ve been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but my body is telling me it is time to move on to something new,” said Orpik. “I’m excited for more family time and to experience a lot of the things that being a professional athlete forces you to miss out on. Thank you to the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for giving me the opportunity to play against the best athletes in the world. I’ll be forever grateful for the memories and relationships that hockey has given me.”Continue reading “Brooks Orpik Ends NHL and Capital’s Career”
The Washington Capitals will play their first game of the season on 2 October at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The 2018 Stanley Cup Champions will effectively transfer the Cup to the Blues as St. Louis hoists the banner and Cup for the first time in their house. It will be a bittersweet moment for the Caps, who remember what it feels like to celebrate such an accomplishment. Continue reading “Capitals Pass the Stanley Cup to Blues in Season Opener”
Just when you thought it was all about the St. Louis Blues, because they have the Caps Cup, DC Sports reminds us all what a big deal winning is to the area. The DC Sports Hall of Fame has created a whole new category for the team that united the DMV in 2018: “The 2017-18 Washington Capitals, last year’s National Hockey League Stanley Cup champions, have been named the DC Sports Hall of Fame’s first-ever Team of Distinction.” Continue reading “Celebrating the Capitals and the Stanley Cup Never Ends”
The Capitals announced their preseason schedule for the 2019/20 season. This is when management takes one final look at players as they set the roster. Typically players from the Hershey Bears are on the ice with a mix of new and mature Caps players.
If you are not a season ticket holder (STH) or if regular season tickets are out of the budget- this is a less expensive way to see some of the NHL players warm up for some serious play. STH will often list their seats on TicketMaster so be sure to check there first.
What’s ahead? The first three games will be played at Capital One Arena. The Blackhawks hope this is the season their rebuild is over and they should be putting forward some pretty strong players for the Caps to face. The current Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues come to town, likely without many of their Cup winners but they should still be great to watch. And finally, the Caps will be playing the team that took them out of the playoffs in April 2019. Then the Caps go on the road for three games. This is when they typically make those final cuts and more of the regular roster steps in.
16 September, Monday: Chicago Blackhawks at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
18 September, Wednesday: St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
21 September, Saturday: Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
25 September, Wednesday: Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago at 8 PM
27 September, Friday: St. Louis Blues in St. Louis at 8 PM
29 September, Sunday: Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh at 1:30 PM
The Capitals will release the full training camp schedule later this summer. Next up is development camp which begins Tuesday 25 June. The full 2019-20 schedule should be released by 21 June.
Remember back in May 2018 when the Capitals surpassed previous expectations and entered the final round of the NHL Playoffs? Remember when Caps fans went crazy as their team returned from Las Vegas tied in the series 1-1 to play their first home ice game on June 2nd? Continue reading “A June Caps Fans will Never Forget”
After a rush to insinuate that Evgeny Kuznetsov may have been using an illegal substance, he and the Capitals issued a statement regarding the video:
In addition to doing our own due diligence, we met with Evgeny to discuss the video circulated on social media. While we are disappointed by his presence in the video, we accept his explanation and apology for putting himself in an unfortunate situation. Evgeny has been a terrific player and an active member of our community, and we expect him to learn from this experience and uphold both the standards the organization has for him as well as his own.”
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has released the following statement:
“I would like to address the video of me that appeared online on Monday. While I have never taken illegal drugs in my life and career, I would like to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our fans and everyone else, for putting myself in a bad situation. This was a hard lesson for me to learn.”
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since one of the most memorable, as well as one of the most stress-relieving moments that most Caps fans can remember occurred. “The Save” is up there as well, but the anniversary for that is a month away.
It’s early in the first overtime of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, Evgeny Kuznetsov is skating straight towards Penguins’ netminder Matt Murray with Pens’ defensemen Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang a little behind to Kuzy’s left and right. A moment later after a quick deke, Kuzy deposits the puck between Murray’s pads into Pittsburgh’s net and glides towards and then along the boards. Continue reading “One Year Later – Kuzy and Exorcising the Demons”