Sunday, we treated you to this lovely video of a dog playing fetch on Verizon Center ice. It was an adorable sight of an adorable doggo doing the thing doggos and puppers do best.
As cute as dogs may be, the internet was made for cat videos. Which is why we are pleased to share this adorably kitty who loves stopping the plastic “pucks” their human throws their way.
The March 23 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was also Russian Heritage night at Verizon Center. During pregame warmups, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin debuted a special pair of custom-painted skates depicting the flags and landmarks of the United States and Russia. It was the first time in NHL history that a player has worn custom footwear, though Ovi was not allowed to wear the skates during the actual game. The skates were put up for auction during the game, and the bidding continued over the next two days until the end of the Capitals’ March 25th game against Arizona.
The final numbers have been counted, and Ovi’s skates raised a whopping $9,500 for the American Special Hockey Association. Way to go, Ovi!
The Washington Capitals hosted their team photo this morning and it appears Justin Williams‘ family grew by one member. Andre Burakovsky blew his hair out, resembling Williams’ younger, more hair-buoyant Swedish brother.
Burakovsky actually managed to have a bigger fro than his Canadian teammate.
On National Puppy Day, people all around the world showed just how much they love their dogs. Alex Ovechkin’s love for his own dog Blake is just as strong.
In a series of adorable Instagram story videos posted by Ovechkin’s wife, Nastya Ovechkina, Ovi delightfully buys toys for and plays with his black lab. It’s really quite fetching to watch (dog puns? fetch? anyone?).
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is really good at scoring goals, but in real life, he is a normal human being just like us. He wears Nike shirts, spends his free time playing fetch with his dog, and drives his own car(s). And over the weekend, the Russian machine put on his best sweatpants and ambled over to the local Bed Bath & Beyond with his wife Nastya. Somehow he wasn’t mobbed for autographs and photos every time he walked past an aisle.
The University of North Dakota, TJ Oshie and Taylor Chorney’s former college hockey team, took on Boston University, Kevin Shattenkirk’s former college team, today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. BU defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect, Charlie McAvoy, scored in double overtime to end the game. This game is now the longest NCAA Tournament game in UND history.
Hours before the opening faceoff, TJ Oshie sent out a tweet cheering on his alma mater.
Friday afternoon, forward Brett Connolly was voted to be the Capitals nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Washington chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced the news after practice. Dmitry Orlov was the team’s honoree last season.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The award was named after Bill Masterton, who is the only player in NHL history to die as a direct result of injuries suffered during a game.
I grew up a hockey fan. More specifically, a Capitals fan. These days I’ll watch any game at any time, with the Caps being my priority, of course.
A couple months ago, I decided I needed a bucket list. I couldn’t think of a better one than to attend a game at every NHL arena. At the beginning of this season, I had only visited two. Now, I can say I have attended a game in seven different arenas.
Since I am taking the time to visit every arena, I am going to create a cheat sheet for everyone. Now YOU can decide if an arena is worth visiting.
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