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It’s going to be a long, wet, hot, hockeyless summer. The way we see it, you have two choices:

  1. Spend the next five months (FIVE MONTHS, REALLY?!) in some dark corner balled up in the fetal positioning mumbling about perimeter shots.
  2. Do fun/stupid stuff to take your mind off how sad and lonely you are without hockey.

The latter seems preferable from a mental health perspective, and we’re here to help! In partnership with the fine folks at RMNB, we’re proud to present the First Annual Brouwer Pouwer Generic-Photograph-Manipulation-Software Skills Contest™.

The theme for the inaugural edition of the contest is: What sign would Troy Brouwer take to warm-ups if the Brouwer Rangers were playing in a game? (Feel free to interpret this very broadly, including totally ignoring the theme.) Here’s an example to get your creative Brouwer Pouwer flowing:


What’s in it for you? The best entry, as judged solely and ruthlessly by us, the Brouwer Rangers, will receive a spiffy, limited-edition, currently-unavailable-to-the-masses Brouwer Pouwer t-shirt (as seen during last summer’s Brouwer Pouwer Charity Fundraiser).

What are the rules?

  1. Let’s keep it PG-13 or less. This is a family blog.
  2. You can poke fun at whomever you want inside or outside the Caps organization (aaachooooogeorgemcphee, aaachoooooadamoates – sorry, allergies), but remember what Ellen always says: Be kind to one another.
  3. Multiple entries are fine – in fact they’re encouraged.
  4. Bribes and flattery are “not” accepted (wink, wink).

If you need some inspiration, check out a few of the signs we’ve taken to warm-ups recently.

We took the initiative to create a blank canvas upon which to create your masterpiece. Aaaaand, GO!:


  • He promises!

  • I can’t win, but…

  • 🙁

  • JustinC71

    Too soon… 🙁

  • Rick Torres

    Even Brouwer thinks it’s time…

  • Okay, that’s really clever

  • Owen Johnson

    Doesn’t really match his face.

  • Sarah

    I realize the Flyers logo is not an aesthetic improvement, but you did say family friendly…

  • Sarah

    Because it’s the, uh, Cup.

  • i was gonna do something funny but then I got hungry and pizza now

  • maybe it needs a “borris” ovi and a “natasha” kuzy?

  • Sarah

    Now too hungry to continue putting things in boxes

  • Call Mr Brouw, that’s my name!

    That name again, is Mr Brouw!

  • Alli S.


  • because pollen….

  • Paterson

    Go #Lumbus

  • PJ

    I’m growing tired of getting told to throw my hands up in the air


  • Brouwer Rangers

    Congrats on unlocking double super secret bonus points in the category of “Potential for Your Sign to Fluster @Ian Oland:disqus”

  • Paterson

    The Simpson’s-themed Mr Brouw got me thinking about Bart and the chalkboard in the opening… It went from there to “football in the groin had football in the groin”, and then to #fancystats reference. Voila

  • Late second submission.

  • “I’m some place where I don’t know where I am…”
    “Do you see towels? If you see towels you’re probably in the linen closet again.”

  • His left arm is smaller than his right, because he’s a right wing and therefore is left arm is useless… or something…. #OnlyShotsFromTheOutside?

  • This contest is now a disgrace!

  • Sarah

    I think my entry already did that, sorry

  • Graham Dumas

    This is officially brilliant.

  • Graham Dumas

    “Stupid cone!”


  • John M

    This is the best entry so far. Layers.

  • Rick Torres

    Thx! I hope Ted likes it…

  • uno mas

  • BJ

    I still blame RMNB for this.

  • I am literally the worst at this.

    never 4get brouw’s booty shorts

  • Brouwer Rangers

    We love this, but may have to disqualify it for reminding us about Perreault and making us sad.

  • Preston C

    Adam Oates Revision

  • Shaun Phillips

    I keep making the mistake of looking at this one. Then I realize the nearest Chipotle is an 8 hr flight away and the sadness/hunger overwhelms.


    I hecked up I’m sorry

  • Sarah

    It’s Moar-Phin time in D.C!

  • Didn’t Even Use PhotoshopSarah

    Oh noes! Now there’s another grey guest Sarah on the site. We have to differentiate between “Good at Photoshop” Sarah, which is you, and “Didn’t Even Use Photoshop” Sarah. Or I could actually make an account, God forbid.

  • ray2k

    gormley 2016

  • Brouwer Rangers

    @disqus_4UGzbQp3oq:disqus you’re the winner! Do you have a twitter handle?

  • Rick Torres

    Sweet, thx guys! My twitter handle is @echothenomad

  • I respectfully, but strongly, disagree with this decision. I’m putting both of you on the fourth line of my heart.

  • Rick Torres

    If it’s any consolation, I thought yours was pretty damn good.

  • Don’t shower me with flattery, Rick Torres… if that is your real name!! That’s not how internet fighting works!

  • Rick Torres

    Just trying to bring a little civility to the interwebs….

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