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While in his homeland of Sweden, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom does a lot for the community. Earlier this summer, Backstrom presented his scholarship for the fifth time to two talented 16-year-old student athletes.

On Sunday, as first reported by Malin Andersson of Hockey Ramblings, Nicky amped up the cuteness to 11 while visiting a hospital in Gävle to participate in the clinic’s Play Therapy program.

The program inspires sick children before they undergo needed medical treatments. And they do it by– you guessed it– playing!

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The Michael Latta BioSteel GIFs

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Last week, Washington Capitals center Michael Latta was in Toronto with injured teammate Tom Wilson for Matt Nichol’s Biosteel Camp. The weeklong camp features many NHL stars (and Biznasty) working out with the renowned trainer.

Because the camp is remarkably good at marketing itself, they produced videos from each day’s training session.

Since the videos are #fancy and Latta is in some of them, I figured, hey, let’s GIF!

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I know “Goal of the Year” is a big statement, but look at this goal and try to disagree.

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Over the weekend, Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in his native Sweden. It was a no-frills affair… hey, wait a minute.

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It definitely suits him. (Photoshop by me!)

Update 11:10 PM: A Caps spokesman has confirmed the number change.

After spending parts of four seasons in the Washington Capitals organization wearing a whole bunch of jersey numbers that add up to 9, it appears Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov finally has his childhood number.

On Saturday, Caps hockey blog Rock The Red first noticed the change on the Caps’ website, where Dmitry Orlov’s name is next to the number 9. Later, reader Evan sent us a screenshot of his very own.

The change is live and can be seen on the Caps’ roster page.

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On Saturday, Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was originally scheduled to be apart of DCPS Beautification Day. Instead, he was in Toronto figure skating.

Yeah, uhhhhh. Let me explain somewhat.

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Continuing with our Maryland pride theme this week, the University of Maryland hockey team on Friday debuted their new jerseys for this season and they are awesome. They’re designed by Rebirth Sports, a custom jersey creating company located in Saginaw, Michigan.

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Not everyone loves it when Orioles fans cheer “O!” during the National Anthem at Verizon Center. Such as Nats fans and The Washington Post’s Mike Wise (just search for the words “tainted gene pool”). Also sharing that sentiment are these Cubs fans at Wrigley Field, who first were confused, then outraged by the shouting.

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This Photo of the Holtby Family is Literally Perfect

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Photo via nhlhockeywags

On Wednesday, this photo of Braden, Benjamin, Brandi, and Belle Holtby made the rounds on Tumblr. It’s easy to understand why. This photo is straight out of a fashion magazine. These people look perfect. Even the tiny, grumpy one to the right giving the side-eye to someone.

Someday I will have children, and I have already accepted the fact that they’ll have lumpy heads and cry all the time, just like their father.

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Still without a venue to announce, there hasn’t been much affirmative news about the 2014 Winter Classic lately, which is kind of a bummer. But this morning, I was innocently surfing the internet when I happened upon — and this is a blatant lie — the Caps’ Winter Classic jerseys for this year.

It must be. It has to be.

Instead of sporting vintage red, white, and blue, the Capitals have clearly chosen to embrace the colors of the team’s former home state– including the logo of that state’s favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles.

Bold. And appropriate. This jersey is the fashion equivalent of 20 games above .500.

Now imagine the Caps skating around an outdoor rink at Camden Yards, the most beautiful baseball stadium in this area (according to one Nats reporter), with a sprinkling of snow on the field. Despite Ted’s insistence that “the “Caps will play on New Year’s Day here in DC against the Chicago Blackhawks,” OPACY still feels like a mortal lock, right?

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