Tom Wilson has achieved many things in his career, but he just received the most adorable honor yet.
A seven-year-old Caps fan wrote her autobiography, and the Caps–especially Wilson–got a lot of love. Wilson didn’t just earn a casual mention in the book–he made the first page. Specifically, he was featured in the third sentence. The young author also gave a shout-out to Nicklas Backstrom, naming Backy as Wilson’s best friend.
The author’s mom tweeted a picture of the story at Wilson, who retweeted it to his followers. (There’s artwork included, too!)
This morning, Kettler Capitals Iceplex was buzzing with Washington Capitals arriving back in town from the World Cup of Hockey. Our favorite Russians, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov hit the ice on the same line along with the Caps’ new right winger, Brett Connolly. Dmitry Orlov skated later on a pair with Matt Niskanen.
RMNB photog and Capitals beat writer Chris Gordon was on site to capture this historic occasion. Take a look!
Andrew Shaw has a phone hearing on Thursday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety after boarding Caps prospect Connor Hobbs. If boarding Hobbs wasn’t dumb enough, Shaw gestured to the crowd for more cheers while fighting Nathan Walker–a fight that wouldn’t have transpired had Shaw played responsibly.
For his efforts, Shaw amassed 30 penalty minutes and was ejected in his preseason debut with Montreal. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety will also have a phone hearing with Shaw on Thursday.
The Capitals future in net, which was already bright, appears to be getting brighter.
2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov is currently dominating the KHL right now and having his best stretch as a pro.
On Tuesday, the 19-year-old was named the KHL’s Rookie Of The Week after stopping 69 of 71 shots in consecutive victories against Avangard (3-1 win) and Medvescak (6-1 win).
Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s return to a Washington Capitals jersey (now with ads) appears imminent. Tuesday night, Kuznetsov, using an A+ bird pun, announced that it was “Time to fly south to join Caps” on his Facebook page.
In the second period of tonight’s game vs. the Habs, Andrew Shaw decided to continue his streak of being the biggest dickhead in the sport and was ejected for boarding Caps defenseman Connor Hobbs.
The NHL will be entering its centennial year in 2017 and Tuesday, Gary Bettman announced their centennial ambassador: Wayne Gretzky.
During a long introductory press conference with reporters in Toronto, Gretzky spoke on a wide range of topics and then Alex Ovechkin got brought up.
The Washington Capitals are auctioning off a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a small and somewhat insignificant coaching decision during a meaningless exhibition game. During the Capitals final preseason tilt of the fall, one fan — hopefully a Caps fan — can “determine the starting lineup and announce the starters to the team” in the Verizon Center locker room.
The winning bidder will also receive four glass-side seats. That’s perfect so the fan and their closest friends can see how the decision plays out.
Before Barry Trotz became head coach of the Washington Capitals, he spent 17 years in Nashville as the bench boss of the Predators. During that time, Trotz not only became the face of the Predators’ franchise, but also an integral part of the Nashville community. One big reason for that is Barry’s son Nolan.
Trotz’s teenage son has down syndrome and during his time in Nashville, Trotz cultivated a strong relationship with Best Buddies in Tennessee. Now he’s looking to have an even bigger impact with the Washington Capital Region chapter.
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