In addition to being Alex Semin’s birthday, Saturday’s practice was Caps Kids’ Club Day– with some added Russian flavor. Capitals’ employees cordoned off the mezzanine level of Kettler Capitals IcePlex, creating stations for games, face-painting, and sign-making.

Dmitry Orlov manned the autograph station. Having one of the Russians, who is still learning English, interact with children might have been awkward, but Dima was beaming the entire time– especially when a child wearing his number asked for an autograph.

My pictures of the day are below and please note: a) these pictures aren’t nearly as good as Chris Gordon’s would have been; b) the lighting was bad; and c) I may or may not have stolen some juice from one of the stations. I think I owe Ted Leonsis 75 cents.

Orlov Meets One Of His Biggest Fans

A Sign A Kid Left For Dima

It says “Good Luck!” (Via the Washington Capitals’ Official Tumblr)

Make sure to keep a look out on RMNB Monday when we release our full interview with Orlov from Saturday.

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  • Somewhere, Ted Leonsis is reading this article and exclaiming this (except with juice):

  • serpent

    A dynamite hockey player and a sweetheart,too! That’s great!

  • Futbolclif

    Stealing juice from children, you monster!

  • Pngnldy

    funny Ian, you have a pic of my kid, and I have the same pic of you in the background taking that pic!!

  • brian!

    He seems like such a nice guy!  I hope being an NHLer doesn’t go to his head.

  • Awesome! Though I’m legitimately sorry for photobombing yours!