During the off-season, former Capitals winger Joel Ward signed a three-year deal with the San Jose Sharks. Many members of the Caps fan base were saddened by the loss of a player known to everyone as “the Big Cheese.”
“Wardo is one of those guys who does all the right things during the games and is very detailed,” Trotz said to Mike Vogel on Dump ‘N’ Chase. “He is a fun guy to be around, and he is a good pro. Anytime you see a guy like that, those guys always have friends in hockey because they’re such great teammates and for coaches, they’re great guys to coach.”
Tuesday the Sharks come to DC for the first and only time this year, marking Wardo’s first game back in Washington since the signing. We knew we had to do something special for him.
Here’s RMNB’s Birthday Card to Ovi illustrated by Rachel Cohen
Today is one of the gr8est days of the year. On this beautiful Thursday, September 17th, we celebrate the 30th birthday of our blog’s namesake, Alex Ovechkin.
For the last five years, we– together as a community– have answered a difficult question: what do you get the millionaire athlete who has it all? That answer is apparently noodle art and poorly executed graphics made in Microsoft Paint.
This year we want your birthday cards again. But we also want to expand it to your own kind words and personal stories about Ovechkin. What has Ovi done to make you fall in love with the sport? Was it a special gesture? Was it a sick unbelievable goal he scored? His joy and enthusiasm for this sport is what has made the last ten years special. He deserves to know the impact he’s had.
The world is changing for women’s hockey. On October 11, a new professional women’s league, the NWHL, will kick off its inaugural season. The league consists of four teams: the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, and New York Riveters.
The NWHL is the first pro women’s league to actually pay its players, including providing all equipment (players in the CWHL must pay out of pocket for gear). The NWHL will also secure work visas so that international players can join as well.
I’m excited and inspired by the new league, so I’ve made a set of banners for the teams, similar to the ones I made for the NHL in April 2014. (more…)
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.
New Capitals forward T.J. Oshie will wear No. 77, the team announced Monday.
Oshie wore No. 74 in St. Louis, but as you know defenseman John Carlson already owns those digits here in D.C. and was not giving it up.
Oshie tried to have a reasonable conversation about his new number on Twitter Thursday, but that was derailed by his new Capitals teammates.
After single-handedly beating Russia (sad face) in an Olympic shootout last year, the TJ Oshie #brand became more closely associated with the US National Team than the NHL team he played for, the St. Louis Blues. Now that he’s been traded to the Capitals, Oshie, much like this new RMNB T-shirt, is 1,776% more patriotic.
Now excuse me while I go shout some things. FREEDOM! APPLE PIE! EAGLES! KEN GRIFFEY’S GROTESQUELY SWOLLEN JAW!
Saturday night, I watched in horror as the Anaheim Ducks lost in game seven to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. I, the sadistic Caps fan that I am, was rooting for Bruce Boudreau to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals because of how much he did for this area while he coached Washington and Hershey. Instead Bruce’s team collapsed in another big game. He was so tantalizingly close.
Pro Hockey Talk described Bruce’s futility in game sevens, and it’s pretty much the most depressing thing you’ll ever read.
No matter what happens Wednesday, the Washington Capitals have had a fantastic season and two dramatic playoff series we’ll all remember. Along the way, we’ve learned a new phrase uttered by one of our favorite Russians, we’ve closed a coliseum, and we even saw our beloved goaltender go into beast mode.
With all the special projects we’ve done this season, there hasn’t been much time for shirts. Today we have five. Hopefully, you’re going to love them.
Image by me
Thursday night, after tallying the game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds left and becoming the third NHL player ever to score a playoffs GWG with two seconds left, adoring Capitals fans started memeing Ward.
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