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Ever since the Washington Capitals bowed out to the New York Rangers in May, we’ve all been asking, Is it October yet? Well today it is, and here’s another reminder hockey’s coming soon: Hurricane Joaquin. I’ll let our bros at NOAA explain.

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The NHL agreed last week to allow its players participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Up to eleven Washington Capitals could represent their countries in the two-week tournament, but the ultimate goal of Olympic gold just got a bit less awesome.

Chelyabinsk Region Culture Minister Alexei Betekhtin announced on Wednesday that gold medal winners on February 15th will receive a little something extra in their award: part of the meteor that crashed over the city a year before. According to R-Sport, only seven events will be awarding medals that day: the men’s 1,500 meter speedskating, the women’s 1,000m and men’s 1,500 short track, the women’s cross-country skiing relay, the men’s K-125 ski jump, the women’s super giant slalom, and the men’s skeleton events.

So no space rocks for hockey players.

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Since the Chelyabinsk meteor was so fun to cover, let’s do it again!

Shortly before 8PM local time (or during the first intermission of the Caps/Jets game), Twitter blew up with first-hand reports of a green-colored meteor falling from the sky. Fox 5 in Washington D.C. reported that their helicopter crew saw the burning rock from the air and it was visible for five to six seconds.

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Photo credit: Vitaly Gubin / HC Traktor

Two days after a meteorite struck his hometown of Chelyabinsk, the normally-talkative Evgeny Kuznetsov was quiet. The Washington Capitals prospect and 20-year-old forward made no statement on Twitter. On Sunday, Kuznetsov let us know he was okay with a big breakaway goal in Traktor Chelyabinsk’s final game of the regular season, a 4-1 win over their biggest KHL rival, Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Video below the jump.

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Traktor Arena Damaged by Meteor


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Last night’s meteor that struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, has damaged the Traktor Chelyabinsk’s arena. The KHL is doing an inpection now before a decision can be made whether Traktor can host the first round of the playoffs.

Press release via KHL’s Facebook page below.

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Explosions in Chelyabinsk; Meteor Suspected (UPDATED)


LATE UPDATE: No immediate confirmed reports of casualties. See the AP for more information.

We’re getting all kinds of information about explosions in Chelyabinsk, the city in the Ural region of Russia that hosts Evgeny Kuznetsov’s KHL team. Information is sparse right now, and we do not want to speculate.

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We need your help on something very important to us. Peter and I met at Frederick High School 15 years ago and to this day we both still live in Frederick, Maryland. We love it here.

Housewives of Frederick County... is about to lose.

Housewives of Frederick County: forever blog champions.

We formed RMNB about six years ago. Since then we’ve done some cool things: generate big traffic, break news about a Russian meteor, sponsor a NASCAR racer, and even moonlight on the Capitals’ TV show — while never forgetting our roots.

Accolades aren’t really our thing, but this one matters to us. We want to be the Best Blog of Frederick and dethrone The Housewives Of Frederick County, who have won this award like a million years in a row.

We need your help. We’ll make it easy on you. It’ll only take a minute of your time.

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Fedor Fedin Has Left RMNB, We Say Goodbye

About six years ago, me and Peter started RMNB with low expectations. We just wanted to provide some alternative Caps coverage and have some fun. Along the way, several people joined us, and they had a transcendental and magical effect on the site — authors that would take RMNB in a direction we never thought possible. Fedor Fedin was one of those writers. I’m here to tell you that Fedor has departed RMNB. Yes, I’m sad too.

Fedor (pronounced all wacky like this) is a native of Moscow, Russia, and he was one of RMNB’s very first commenters. I’m still not 100% sure if he’s a Putin-bot or not, but Fedor made his first contribution to RMNB in the most Fedor way possible. He direct messaged me in 2009 and showed me a Russian-language interview with Alex Ovechkin. “Do you want me to translate it?” he asked.

A few months later, the teenaged Russian got a byline on the site. Since then, we have talked almost everyday.

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Meet Dinosaur Land’s Oviraptor


As Alex Ovechkin has cemented his status as an NHL legend, he has seen his brand extended to almost everything. He’s repped sticks, checking accounts, ear buds, and his own clothing line. Madame Tussauds has honored him with a wax figure. When we thought the Ovechkin brand couldn’t go any further, Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin named a meteor after him and it went into outer space.

Now, according to reader Rianna H., the White Post, Va., amusement park, Dinosaur Land, has also honored the Russian machine in its own obtuse way: by hosting a statue of the esteemed Oviraptor on its grounds.

Yes. An Oviraptor.

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Amazing photoshop by me.

Apparently Ilya Bryzgalov isn’t the only Russian hockey player interested in the universe. After being awarded the Kharlamov Trophy as the NHL’s best Russian player on Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin was presented with an official “certificate” from Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin.

The certificate commemorates the asteroid that Elenin discovered on March 31, 2009 and named Ovechkin five years later. Elenin called the asteroid a late birthday gift for the Russian machine at the time.

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