Grey’s Anatomy Kills Off Caps Fan Character

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Photos: Ashley Colassard

Here’s news I could never report without the readers’ help. The latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy featured a Washington Capitals fan! And now that fan is dead.

Reader Ashley Colassard tells RMNB that Danny, played by Alexander Walsh, has– sorry, had–  a Nicklas Backstrom Caps Winter Classic photo in his room.

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Soccer legend Lionel Messi and the Argentinian national soccer team are in Washington DC this week for a friendly against El Salvador on Saturday.

After taking in a Wizards game earlier in the week, Messi met with Alex Ovechkin– one of Messi’s biggest fans– to exchange jerseys. Ovi totally fanboyed.

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While handicapping the Art Ross race with ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Wayne Gretzy, the greatest hockey player to ever live, shared effusive praise for Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

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Photos via the Wolpoff’s

Ever since the NHL came back from the 2004-05 lockout, there has been a constant in Washington: Alex Ovechkin. And also those crazy fans who sat beside the Caps bench wearing 8’s on their heads. They’ve been shown on CSN Washington countless times during games. They are as much a fabric of the Caps fan experience as The Horn Guy, Goat, or the Brouwer Rangers.

I have some sad news to deliver. Thursday night will be the last time you see Max and Zach Wolpoff, The Crazy 8’s, in those seats during a regular season game. Time and higher education have become sad realities for the Wolpoffs.

Max will be leaving the area in the fall to attend Boston University to study communications. His goal is to one day take over the play-by-play duties from Doc Emrick or Joe Beninati. His older brother Zach, already a sophomore in college, is studying geography at Hofstra. Being relocated to New York has made attending games difficult the last two seasons.

“It’s hard to believe that it has been ten years– an entire decade,” Zach told me Tuesday. “Two presidents, an arena name change, a jersey change, two winter classic wins, three captains, five coaches, five division championships, two GMs, a countless number of players that I could probably name most of, and about 15 inches of hair.”

The brothers credit their Uncle Gregg as being the brain child behind the wearable 8’s.

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On Monday, Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik missed practice for a pretty darn good reason. His wife Erin was going into labor with the couple’s first child.

Even though they left in the morning, Erin didn’t deliver until later that day. John Carlson and Karl Alzner brought their teammate lunch and dinner. Then, finally, tiny Harlow Lilly Orpik was born.

Harlow’s hard-working 34-year-old father would eventually get some sleep, or at least a 30-minute nap, before he left to join his teammates on the ice for practice.

According to NBC Washington’s Dianna Russini, Orpik did so while wearing the hospital bracelet he was tagged with the day before.

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A few days after the Toronto Maple Leafs announced the signing of one of the KHL’s top young players Nikita Soshnikov from the Atlant Moscow Region, some interesting details about the move have come up.

Via Maple Leafs Hot Stove, here’s what Leafs’ Director of player personnel Mark Hunter had to say about the move.

We got a lead from Evgeny Namestnikov, who we hired as a scout for us over in Russia. He said come over to watch this young man who he liked a lot, who he coached.

The Maple Leafs hired Namestnikov, a former NHL player and father of current Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vlad, to scout for them while working as an assistant coach for Soshnikov’s Atlant. This went mostly unnoticed in North America, but Russia’s top hockey reporter Alexei Shevchenko, after confirming Namestnikov’s double affiliation, referred to situation as “awkward.”

I think what the Leafs did was an unfair practice and requires an NHL investigation regarding its legality and possibly prohibiting it in the future.

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This is some strange, sad news.

Monday, the Langley Advance reported that former Washington Capitals enforcer Stephen Peat was arrested in British Columbia after allegedly attempting to set his father Walter’s home on fire following an argument.

Peat spent parts of six seasons in the Washington Capitals organization. He was a veteran of 33 NHL fights, putting up some of the most brutal bouts in the team’s history. He had a bunch of heart and was a huge fan favorite.

Details of the incident are scant–much like Peat goals.

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244 days after his engagement to Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko ended, Alex Ovechkin is dating again. At 4 AM on Sunday morning, Ovechkin posted a photo of himself with Nastya Shubskaya. The caption in Russian reads:

Моя девочка,спасибо что ты появилась в моей жизни !!!очень дорожу тобой❤️

According to Igor Kleyner, it says in English, “My girl, thank you for appearing in my life!!! I cherish you so much❤️”

O rly?

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Defenseman Christian Djoos, drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, is set to join the Hershey Bears. Djoos’ SHL season ended as Brynas was swept by regular-season champs Skelleftea.

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Eric Fehr Really Hates the Shootout

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Yesterday, news broke that there might be a rule change to overtime next season. NHL general managers approved a 3-on-3 format to limit how many shootouts decided games. While the rule still needs to be green-lit by both the board of governors and the NHLPA, there is no one happier in the Caps locker room than Eric Fehr.

Fehr’s had a modicum of success in the shootout (he’s a career 6 for 18), but he was blunt about how much he hated the “skills competition.”

“Anything to get rid of the shootout, in my opinion,” Fehr said to The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt, taking out his finest figurative verbal knife. “I’m all for it.”

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