At the age of 30, Steve Oleksy admitted to just having his first taste of alcohol. The Penguins’ black ace sipped it out of the Stanley Cup, which was being held by one of the greatest players in the game, Sidney Crosby.
Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was at SAP Center Sunday to root on his San Jose Sharks. During a pre-game interview with NBCSN’s Jeremy Roenick, the noted hockey fan cursed on live TV when asked about the Sharks gameplan.
“You know what they gotta do,” Gooding Jr. said. “They gotta f*ckin’ bring it to ’em!”
Sunday night, former Capitals forward Eric Fehr won the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career as a member of the rival Pittsburgh Penguins. After a pig pile in front of Matt Murray’s net, Sidney Crosby was announced the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP by Gary Bettman. Then Crosby was presented with the Stanley Cup.
Every member of the team skated around the SAP Center ice with the championship trophy. Fehr got his opportunity with the Stanley Cup after Phil Kessel.
Photo: Jared Wickerham
During the summer, Eric Fehr left the organization that drafted him in 2003 for its biggest rival.
“I knew that come free agency day, when [the Penguins] came calling, I knew there was going to be, not necessarily an uproar, but I knew that Caps fans would be upset about it,” Fehr said recently to The Washington Post’s Mark Giannotto. “But at the end of the day, it was a good opportunity for me. It was a good fit, and I was excited about the team that was here having played against them for as many years as I did. Knowing how good they are, I wanted to be a part of that.”
And in the end, the move paid off. Fehr is now a Stanley Cup champion for the first time in his career. The Winkler, Manitoba native will get a championship ring and have his name immortalized on the Stanley Cup forever.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is now an even richer man. According to Vedomosti, Bank Otkrytie signed Ovechkin to an endorsement deal worth between $500k and $1 million. The site says that it is one of the richest celebrity endorsement deals on the Russian market today. Lenta.ru reports that the agreement will last one year.
Ovechkin, who will lend his likeness to many forms of promotion material, has already filmed four commercials. The ads began airing on Russian airwaves Friday, June 10, during the first day of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament held in France.
Without NHL defensemen to smoke on the ice, Washington Capitals all-star center Nicklas Backstrom has turned to grilling to get through this summer of solitude. In a photo taken by Nicky’s personal trainer Andreas Öhgren, the Swedish center cheeses in an Under Armour shirt and shorts after a workout in his hometown of Galve. In the caption, Öhgren calls Backstrom a #grillchef.
During his season-ending press conference with reporters, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan lamented the loss of Joel Ward while also stating his desire to see Tom Wilson expand his role. “I think it’s on us to turn Tom Wilson into Joel Ward,” MacLellan said. “It’s on Tom and on us to turn him into that kind of guy that has a net-front presence, that finds loose pucks, finds rebounds, plays good along the wall. I think Tom is our answer to that.”
Wilson, who has led the Capitals in penalty minutes over the last three seasons, has not seen the offensive ability he showed in junior translate to the NHL. On Wednesday night, Wilson gave us a front row seat to the intense summer training that may or may not take him to the next level.
It did not include squats, but did include a samurai bun.
Photo: Bruce Bennett
Eric Fehr had a penchant for scoring big goals with the Washington Capitals. He just did the same for the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night during Game Four.
The Winkler, Manitoba native scored a huge insurance goal with 122 seconds left in the third period to give the Pens a 3-1 lead. The Penguins are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup since 2009.
Joel Ward just scored another clutch playoff goal. Down 2-1 in the third period and facing a 3-0 series deficit, the Sharks received a four minute power play after Joe Thornton got high-sticked by Nick Bonino.
The Sharked almost frittered the opportunity away before The Big Cheese skated into the Penguins’ zone and fired a slap shot past Matt Murray seven hole.
It was Ward’s seventh goal of the postseason.
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin is having a splendid summer. A week after showing his friends how to stick to the script in the club and days after participating in a charity basketball game with his mom, the Russian machine turned up at a CSKA Moscow basketball game with his fiancée Nastya Shubskaya.
Ovechkin shelved his Nike gear to dress as a can of Coke, which is another of his sponsors.