“Hey, GoPro,” Tom Wilson joked to Washington Capitals prospect Nate Schmidt during a Development Camp practice last week. “Will you settle down? You look like an iRobot out here.”

Schmidt, the University of Minnesota defenseman who signed a two-year deal with the Caps mid-way through last season, stood out on the ice. A tiny GoPro camera was affixed to the top of his helmet. Monumental Network had approached the defenseman earlier in the week asking him to try out the camera to give fans a creative and inside look into drills. Lucky for us, he agreed.

The video is fascinating. It shows the speed of the game and illustrates in vivid detail the tiny decisions each player makes and how they affect the game.

“It was a good experience,” Schmidt said in an interview afterwards. “A lot of guys were trying to stay away from me… The camera won’t lie, even with myself.”

Schmidt was also mic’d up for the session, revealing a formerly unknown part of his game: on-ice banter.


“A hundred pounds of dough makes a big biscuit boys!” Schmidt yelled to no one in particular during a drill.

“I have no idea what that means,” a teammate replied. Us neither.


“I’m like trying to pick up a bowling ball with buttery fingers right now.” Which is almost Seussian.


“You know if you find a turtle on a fence post, you know someone put it there.” Which is exactly what you’d ask if you’re trying to find out if someone is a Replicant.

Schmidt later explained that he “stole all these jokes from his uncle.”


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