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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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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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Last season, 23-year-old Stan Galiev saw a meteoric leap in his development. The Russian forward, who has always had NHL quality stick-handling and finishing ability, saw the rest of his game finally come together last year in the AHL. Avoiding the injuries that have plagued him in the past, Gally scored 25 goals and 45 points in 65 games, jumping from Hershey’s fourth line to the first in the second half of the season. He even played two games for the Capitals, scoring his first NHL goal during the team’s final regular season game.

On July 1st, Galiev, a restricted free agent, signed a two-year, $1.15 million deal to keep him in Washington through 2017. Caps’ General Manager Brian MacLellan will give him every chance to make the roster next year.

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No idea who put her up to this. (Photo: NBC Washington)

Frederick county/NBC 4 meteorologist Amelia Segal has her latest Winter Classic forecast for us… and is that…? It is!

She’s wearing a Caps jersey!

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