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Richmond-native Chelsea D. had been looking forward to this day for months. The 23-year-old sociology major from VCU has been a Washington Capitals fan for years. Her father Greg — a huge hockey fan himself– takes his daughter to five to ten Caps games a year. On New Year’s Eve, he asked Chelsea if she wanted to try something different this time. Something a little more fanatical.

“You interested in going to Casino Night? It’s in March. Mom doesn’t want to go.” Greg said. “I promise I won’t embarrass you much.”

In disbelief, Chelsea replied, “I’ll definitely go! But yes, please don’t embarrass me.”

Life threw the family a curve ball a few weeks later. Greg had to get knee replacement surgery at the end of January, then a few days before Casino Night, there was a death in the family. Greg, already hobbling as it was, had to go out to Las Vegas.

Chelsea wasn’t sure she’d still go without her dad. Unsure what to do, she asked her boyfriend Evan if he would come along. Evan, a Caps fan himself, obliged.

And then, despite all the trouble following them around lately, a special moment – that could have happened to anyone – found their family.

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Kathryn Barry meets her favorite player

Photo credit: @emilymorgann

Coming into training camp, the Washington Capitals had a few question marks around their forwards. Brooks Laich was sidelined by a groin injury, and Wojtek Wolski was tentatively slated [gulp] as a top-six winger. But on Saturday, as the lockout ended, George McPhee got himself some insurance, inking longtime-Cap Eric Fehr to a one-year deal worth $600,000. The signing made a lot of fans happy.

None more so than Kathryn Barry.

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Five years ago, back when I had just recently graduated college, I’d have given a kidney for playoff tickets. Watching hockey with 18,000 of my closest friends in a rock concert-like atmosphere, it seemed to me, would be well worth it.

21-year-old Caps fan David Bower is a better person than I. To get the chance to see the Capitals in the playoffs this year, he’s giving up one of his prized possessions: this signed Alex Ovechkin ornament.

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Capitals Superfan Goat Gets Hitched

William 'Goat' Stilwell weds Jill Hunt. Dude, awesome.

Goat and Jill rock the wed. (Photo credit: Wes Johnson)

Goat, recently featured on Espn.com

The madman of 105 (Photo: ESPN)

You might not know him by name, but William Stilwell is a legend to Caps fans. At any moment, the man known as GOAT can fill Verizon Center to the rafters with his boomy “Let’s! Go! Caps!” holler. Goat has become a Capitals institution, a good-natured leader of cheers, as reliable as he is boisterous. He is– in short– beloved.

This past Saturday, Goat married his sweetheart Jill. The ceremony, held at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in downtown D.C., was attended by friends, family, and a smattering of Caps notables. Sam “The Horn Guy” Wolk and our own Ian Oland attended. The wedding itself was officiated by the voice of the Capitals (and perhaps the only guy louder than Goat), Wes Johnson.

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Caps Superfan Goat Featured In This Month’s Maxim

Anna Kournikova... in 3D

Anna Kournikova... in 3D. Yummy.

If you needed further proof that the apocalypse is indeed near, then check out the newest Maxim! In their October issue, not only can you marvel at Anna Kournikova and her wondrous curves in 3D, you can also read up on Caps Superfan Goat!

For those who have no idea who he is (how did you find our blog?), here’s the jumbotron video the Caps produced of him a few years ago:

Below the jump, we’ve transcribed the article he’s been featured in and included a scan of the page. You know, for the people who would never buy this kinda smut in a million years (Dan Steinberg).

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Sometimes there are moments when I check out the other talented writers in the Caps Blogosphere and am just absolutely blown away. And readers, this is one of those moments. A week ago, I noticed that Lucy Brown, the maven behind the blog “Hockey Is My Boyfriend,” came up with lyrics parodying Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” The parody, which has an effusively positive tone unlike most HIMB posts (see: Sing Us A Song You Drunk Jerkface & The Dissection of Bad Jeans), combines everything I love all in one song: The Capitals, humor & random nudity.

It should go without saying, but if any of you can record or film this for us, you will be rewarded handsomely. I’d ask Peter, but he doesn’t look good in candy-themed three-part suits.

So without further adieu, please check out this year’s hot, new summer anthem: Capitals Boyz. Start that beat up, my nizzle.

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Samantha Casey is 2nd Runner Up for Miss USA

Proof that Miss Virginia is one of us.

Proof that Miss Virginia is one of us.

After making it into the Top 10, Miss Virginia Samantha Casey talks not about her humanitarian work, but HOCKEY!

It’s bittersweet, but we congratulate Miss Virginia USA and renowned Caps fan, Samantha Casey, for winning 2nd runner up in the Miss USA pageant tonight.  Samantha had all the beauty, intelligence, and poise one expects from a champion.  We Caps fans consider ourselves lucky to count her in our ranks.

(In the not-at-all unlikely case that Miss USA cannot perform her duties, the first runner up takes the crown, and Samantha will advance to Vice Miss USA.  And then comes coup d’état.)

Caps fans, please voice your congratulations for Sam in the comments below.  Let her know how proud we are of her.  While you’re at it, check out Love 146, the group Samantha helps to raise awareness for child sex trafficking.

And if you know of any other Caps fans are doing incredible stuff, like winning a Nobel prize or winning the Tour de France, let us know.  We’re here to support the fan community, and also we’re desperate for content.

Sunday night, we hope that all of you will join us in watching the Miss USA pageant live on NBC at 7pm and root hard for friend of the blog & ravenous Caps supporter, Samantha Casey. (Yes, we’ll be tweeting during it and yes, at times it should be hilarious, such as the confounding panel of celebrity judges which contains the likes of Paula Deen, Carmello Anthony and Johnny Weir. Well, at least my mom digs 2 of those 3.)

So which lovely lady will you be trying to pick out on the Las Vegas stage? Umm, this one:

Samantha Casey - Miss Virginia USA 2010 - models our Russian Machine T-Shirt before the Miss USA Pageant!

A good luck charm? Samantha Casey models our shirt in the dressing room before the Miss USA pageant.

OMG AWESOME!! Well since Sam left two weeks ago to get ready for the pageant, she’s managed to take some extremely gorgeous photos, stir up some controversy, mingle with a few celebrities and grab a very favorable 16 to 1 odds of winning the whole damn thing. And since like every other Caps Blog, we’re struggling for material, we’ll tell show you more!

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My girlfriend teaches a lesson to her fifth graders: RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS.

My girlfriend teaches a lesson to her fifth graders: RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS.

Sometimes there are pinnacle moments in your life when you look at your significant other and go: Yes, you are the one for me. And today was one of those days. Since I was too busy slaving away on designing Vacation Rental Websites on the other side of Columbia, I’ll let Ashley tell her story. I hope you enjoy.

As a teacher in a conservative school, it’s not often that I get a lot of choice on my wardrobe. Today, however, was the finale of our spirit week, “Jersey Day.” Though I have managed to collect a few random t-shirts from the Capitals, Ravens and the Orioles, I have never made the jump to a costly Capitals jersey. So I donned my secret weapon, my incredible smile, and allured my boyfriend Ian into lending me his sacred signed Ovie jersey.

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Rejoice! Samantha Casey, Miss Virginia USA, is a Big Caps Fan.

Samantha Casey, Miss Virginia USA. RMNB Interviews the Capitals Most Beautiful Fan.

While you’re Rocking the Red at the Verizon Center during this playoff season, you might accidentally run into such esteemed ticket-holders as David Gregory from NBC’s Meet The Press, Pat Sajak from The Wheel of Fortune or even Redskins’ TE Chris Cooley. But RMNB thinks there’s one more famous Caps Fan you should now keep your eyes on the lookout for. Her name is Samantha Casey.

A 21 year old Business Administration major at the College of William & Mary, Casey is a bit of a multi-tasker. Not only is she heavily consumed with getting her degree – which has a concentration on Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Samantha also manages to promote student diversity at the campus through a multicultural organization called ColorBlind, co-founded the development of the Student Chamber of Commerce & has tried to increase awareness about child-sex trafficking through promotional activities for Love146, a non-profit dedicated to prevent international child sex slavery and exploitation.

But really, that’s only the beginning.

Samantha Casey is also the current Miss Virginia USA, and will be competing in Donald Trump’s Miss USA 2010 pageant LIVE in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 16th on NBC at 7 pm (please support her on Facebook here). Along with her title, there are certain duties she must perform as well such as doing autograph signings, answering fan mail, doing magazine cover photo shoots & oh yeah, a reality TV Show (the first couple episodes of which are up here).

The crazy part is that Samantha does all of this while still maintaining a 3.7 grade point average at one of the most demanding colleges in the nation. But what has us in love with the stunningly beautiful Casey is not her schedule, but the fact that she manages to squeeze Caps games and practices into it while living an hour and a half away in Jeffersonton, Virginia. We dig the dedication!

Recently after befriending the blonde-hair, green-eyed beauty queen from the Virginia heartland, we asked if we could do a Q/A with her so that Caps fans could get to know her better and also learn more about her upcoming May Cover of Northern Virginia Magazine with Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom – which has recently been profiled on Capitals Red Line. Thankfully, she agreed.

So below the fold learn more about the Capitals most beautiful fan, enjoy the gripping trailer of the reality tv show she participated in & find out what she thinks the chances are for the Capitals to win the cup! And oh yeah, one last thing, sorry for all the pictures I’ve included in here, but I think you’ll understand once you see them.

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