Caps Media vs USA Warriors This Sunday at KCI

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If you can’t wait until October to get your hockey fix, this weekend could scratch your itch and help out a great cause in the process. Sunday afternoon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, members of the Caps mediasphere will face off against the legendary USA Warriors team.

Wes Johnson will announce the lineups. Bob McDonald will sing the anthem. Courtney Laughlin will play. There will be tons and tons of cool signed Caps gear you can bid on (like a signed Backstrom stick and a signed Holtby puck) — and best of all, all the proceeds will go to the USA Warriors.

You’re already sold, right? Good. Go to the Facebook page right now and RSVP. Go. I’ll wait.

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Photo: Martin Rose

The International Ice Hockey Federation on Monday announced an $85,000 fine against the Russian Hockey Federation for an incident that occurred after Canada embarrassed Russia again, this time at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic. But don’t lump Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin into this mess.

Here’s what went down. After Canada destroyed Russia 6-1 in the gold medal game, most of Team Russia’s skaters left the ice immediately after receiving their silver medals. This was a problem because good sportsmanship (and, apparently, the rulebook) requires the losing team to stay on the the ice for the entire medal ceremony, including the playing of the victors’ national anthem. The IIHF noted that team captain Ilya Kovalchuk led the mass departure, though it’s hard to imagine where they got the idea that Kovalchuk would leave something before he was supposed to.

Meanwhile, according to the Russian news agency TASS, Alex Ovechkin stayed for the entire ceremony and tried to keep his team on the ice. That’s called good leadership, people.

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Remember when I said that the Alex Ovechkin Kharlamov Trophy press conference was the gift that keeps on giving? Today, I bring you a translation and GIFs of Alex Ovechkin drawing Alex Ovechkin via SovSport.

Alex Ovechkin drawn by Alex Ovechkin looks like a cross between Hey Arnold, Doug Funnie, and a stick figure. Ovechkin’s girlfriend, Nastya Shubskaya, fared much better.

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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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Tuesday morning, Capitals heartthob Brooks Laich announced his engagement to star Julianne Hough. Because the super-famous Hough is a triple threat (actress/singer/dancer) and on one of network TV’s biggest shows (Dancing With The Stars), nearly every news outlet in the world covered the proposal, including TMZ, ABC World News, and NBC Nightly News.

That’s cool and all, but anyone can post an Instagram photo and relay the news that a couple is engaged. I need hard-hitting analysis. I need deep, incisive journalism. I need Access Hollywood’s comprehensive coverage of the proposal– an entire segment dedicated to explaining who the heck Brooks Laich is.

Billy Bush, take me on a sports journey.

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Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin won his seventh career Kharlamov Trophy as the best Russian player in the NHL. During the subsequent press conference, Ovechkin was asked about a wide variety of topics including the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics.

While the NHL has sent its players to the Olympics since 1998 (fast fact via Chuck Gormley), there is growing speculation that the NHL will not participate in the 2018 Games held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Wednesday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin received his seventh Kharlamov Trophy as the most valuable Russian player in the National Hockey League. The award, named after the Soviet ice hockey player Valeri Kharlamov, is voted on by all active Russians playing in the NHL.

While taking part in a press conference afterwards, Ovechkin was asked about the report that Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin – the Russian machine’s best friend – was in talks with the Washington Capitals.

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This awful, terrible photoshop is by me and I’m not sorry.

Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough announced they were engaged Tuesday morning. One person who was excited about this news was Michael Latta.

What an incredible gesture for Michael to skip…

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Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough Are Engaged

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Brooks Laich is officially off the market. You missed your chance.

The Capitals forward and his movie-star girlfriend Julianne Hough just announced the news with joint posts on Instagram saying, “We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiance #love”

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Swedish mask painter for the stars, Dave Gunnarsson, released what he called a “sneak peek” of Philipp Grubauer’s new mask for the 2015-16 season on Monday afternoon. The bucket’s design, which Gunnarsson specializes in, is stunning. The promotional video of said mask, which Gunnarsson does not specialize in, is bizarre.

Like can someone explain what is going on here?

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