Early Friday morning, Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom reported that Nicklas Backstrom‘s family is now one tiny human bigger.
“We had our second child on Monday,” Backstrom said to Nordstrom, as translated by RMNB’s Magnus Cadelin. “Therefore, we went over (to the United States) earlier this year.”
“Everything went well and he’s named Vince,” Backstrom said.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby won the Vezina Trophy last season after tying Martin Brodeur’s all-time single season wins record. Along with that accolade, the Holtbeast was named to Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster, which will mark his first Team Canada experience.
On Thursday, Holtby spoke with reporters about the upcoming World Cup and where he thinks he fits on Team Canada’s depth chart. If you think he feels entitled after his huge year, think again.
Two weeks ago, Hall of Fame goaltender and Jack Adams Award-winning coach Patrick Roy resigned as vice president of hockey operations and bench boss of the Colorado Avalanche. Citing unhappiness with his role in personnel decisions, Roy left the Avs without a head coach six weeks before training camp.
General Manager Joe Sakic has been interviewing candidates ever since and on August 17, we learned that Capitals Assistant Coach Lane Lambert was receiving “some consideration” for the vacancy. Now a report from The Denver Post this evening indicates Lambert is now a finalist for the open head coach position.
Wednesday afternoon, Washington Capitals winger and American hero TJ Oshie took the 22 Pushups Challenge after being challenged by teammate Karl Alzner. The exercise encourages awareness about the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day and the mental health issues that can lead to these tragedies.
Caps fan and five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch tonight ahead of the Nationals/Orioles game at Nats Park. The Bethesda native threw a perfect strike down the middle to Shawn Kelley. Before the game, Ledecky said she had practiced with her neighbors. It showed.
Tuesday afternoon, Taylor Winnik shared just how thoughtful and kind her husband, Caps winger Daniel Winnik, is.
“We were headed home to San Francisco from a wedding when we got to our gate bound for Orlando, Florida,” Taylor wrote on Instagram. “My love surprised me for my birthday and took me to Disney World for the first time! #BestHusbandInTheWorld #BigKidsForLife”
A week ago, Caps fan Katie Ledecky returned to the United States to a hero’s welcome. The legendary swimmer won four gold medals, destroyed her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle, and broke the Olympic record in the 800-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.
The Bethesda native returned to the DC area this weekend, spending some time at Children’s National Hospital. A few hours ago, the Nationals announced that Ledecky will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Nats/Orioles game.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on Sunday made his first public appearance since reports surfaced he got married to fiancee Nastya Shubskaya over the weekend. Ovechkin played in Slava Kozlov’s farewell hockey game in Voskresensk near Moscow. Kozlov won two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998) and two Gagarin Cups (2011, 2012).
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