Brendan Witt spent his twenties on the Washington Capitals’ blue line. From 1995 to 2006, Witt loosened fillings and racked up PIMs in the old bronze and blue uniforms. If you grew up loving the Capitals at the same I did, Witt was a big part of your childhood.
So Witt’s hourlong studio appearance on DC101’s Elliot in the Morning on Friday was a big treat. Elliot Segal and Witt exchanged stories like old friends, which I suppose they are. They talked about pranking Dale Hunter during the 98 finals, being Chris Simon‘s roommate, Jaromir Jagr‘s work ethic, and the disparate coaching styles of Glen Hanlon, Bruce Cassidy, and Ron Wilson– some very interesting opinions on that one.
They also talk about like 73 other topics. It’s a very long, very good interview.
Video below. Get down on it.
To make your life easier, Ian cataloged some highlights:
- On pranks, Steve Konowalchuk, and Dale Hunter [4:50 - 7:14]
- On Alex Ovechkin [7:40 - 9:10]
- On Craig Berube, whom he now calls “The Swan” [15:40 - 16:25]
- On Jaromir Jagr’s work ethic: “If you’re that talented, do you really have that kinda worth ethic?” [16:40 -18:10]
- On coaches, good and bad [18:10 - 22:10]
- On GM George McPhee, McPhee fighting an assistant coach from Chicago in the hallway [22:10 - 23:15]
- On DiPietro’s bad contract [26:15 - 27:05]
- On staged fights [28:50 - 29:15]
- On playing Gretzky, Lemieux, Cam Neely, and Sidney Crosby [29:14 - 32:30]
- On getting hit by a truck and playing that same night, no seriously [32:30 - 34:40]