John Carlson takes a shot on Cale Chimera. (Photo credit: @slw357)
Lots of stories unfolded today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex (MG52 may return on Tuesday, Alex Semin’s has a Schrodinger-y arm laceration), but there were none more awesome than Cale Chimera taking the ice.
Who’s Cale Chimera, you ask? A Hershey Bear call-up? The Caps traded Alex Semin, and he’s the new guy? No, he’s the four-year old son of the Caps’ second-leading goal scorer, Jason Chimera. You may remember him from last year, starring in almost every shot of our “Caps go bowling” charity post.
After Capitals practice ended today, Papa Chimera helped his son suit up in the locker room — mini gloves, breezers, skates, and all — and then took him onto the ice. Joined by John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault, the group playfully took shots on net. Cale, who skates better than DJ King, played goaltender for a bit and then the guys gave him his chance to take shots on them.
I asked what position Cale wanted to play and Jason said, “What position do you want to play? Forward or Defense? Not goalie.” To which Cale responded, “I want to shoot the puck. I’ve been practicing a lot.”
Photos and Video of Cale Chimera Practicing
Cale shoots… and falls! (Video via @slw357)
Hopefully Dale Hunter doesn’t see this or Perry will never play again. (Video via @slw357)
Cale takes a shot Perreault. (Photo credit: @slw357)
And scores! (Photo credit: @slw357)
Carlson takes a shot and Cale makes the save! (Photo credit: @slw357)
The guys horse around on the ice. (Photo credit: Madison T.)
So cute. (Photo credit: Madison T.)