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Just like RMNB, Under Armour was founded in Maryland. And just like RMNB, Under Armour has an inordinate amount of Maryland Pride.

Last week the clothing company put online two new styles of basketball shoes that any Marylander positively must own. Named after Baltimore’s Mobtown, the limited edition shoes feature a clear rubber outsole showing the Maryland flag design. You won’t want to walk in the mud in these. The inner sole and back of the shoe feature Maryland flairs as well.

The shoes come in red and black and are part of the Mobtown series, which was first released to the public in 2011. They are Under Armour’s first casual sneaker. You can get them on UA’s website for $99.

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Photo: @ChuckGormleyCSN

After Caps practice concluded on Monday morning, Alexander Ovechkin remained in his skates to welcome another Alexander onto the ice. The other Alexander, who turned five years old on Monday, had his birthday wish granted: to skate with the Russian machine at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Sportsnet’s Gene Principe captured a precious photo.

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Heading into the Winter Classic, many Capitals fans noticed something different about Alex Ovechkin. The Russian machine, one of the world’s most well-marketed athletes, was starting to look scruffy again.  Since December 2010, Ovechkin had been either clean-shaven or sporting a meticulously maintained mustache. Until now.

RMNB has confirmed with Gillette that Ovechkin’s four-year contract with the company ended on December 31, 2014.

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Before the Washington Capitals take on the Dallas Stars tonight, CSN Mid Atlantic will debut a new song. The country-tinged rock anthem is performed by the D.C.-based Morrison Brothers Band and will serve as the opening theme for the network’s hockey coverage. The news was first reported by my figurative brother at the DC Sports Bog, Scott Allen.

The music video for “Ice on Fire” features — and I know this is shocking — ice and fire. It was shot at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. I’m told no Capitals players were burned alive in the making of this film.

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Three Capitals prospects have made the semi-annual list of the 50 best affiliated NHL prospects compiled by ESPN’s Corey Pronman. The list includes only players not currently on NHL rosters. This time, the ranking is topped by the Leafs’ forward William Nylander.

Following a mediocre World Junior Championship, Jakub Vrana, 13th overall pick of 2013 Draft, finishes seventh in Pronman’s rankings.

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Clutch photo by Adam Vingan

Evgeny Kuznetsov played well against Toronto last week. Not one to let his friend get a big head, Russian comrade Alex Ovechkin, knocked him down a peg or two by pranking his post-game press conference. “You can’t speak English,” Ovechkin yelled, picked up by microphones.

You can watch that whole interview on RMNB.

On Monday, Kuznetsov struck back in the weirdest way possible.

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Joe Beninati Named D.C. Sportscaster of the Year

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Many Caps fans watching television have known just one man as the voice of the team: Joe Beninati. Over the past decade, Beninati has won countless Emmys for his play-by-play of hockey games. On Friday, he received an even higher honor. Beninati was named D.C. Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

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Alex Ovechkin Named 2015 NHL All-Star

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Alex Ovechkin has been named to the 2015 All-Star Game held in Columbus. He will be the only Capitals representative at the game. This news comes one week after Ovi was named the second star of the week by the NHL.

Ovechkin’s had another superb year– in a career full of them. He leads the NHL in shots, ranks fifth in goals (21), and has done countless kind things for fans all season long.

The only downside? He will be forced to wear a hideous jersey that looks more like a bike uniform.

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Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer is a man’s man. He’s gruff and beard-y. He’s a little like the Ron Swanson character in real life (except super nice). That’s why, when the Brouwer Pouwer leader was introduced as a “hero” at Friday’s Washington Wizards game, you could tell it made him a little uncomfortable.

Or maybe that’s just because they decided to trot him out with the team’s furry blue mascot G-Wiz and the mascot started talking to him while under the suit. I’m still not sure which.

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Braden Holtby to Make 23rd Consecutive Appearance

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The pregamer’s prediction was wrong. Braden Holtby will make his 23rd consecutive appearance tonight at Philadelphia, his 17th consecutive start. Wayne Stephenson played 22 straight for the Caps in 1979 – 1980.

Holtby has saved 93.78 percent of 5-on-5 shots since November 29th and 92.5 percent in all situations. He’s collected 11 wins in that span.

This announcement comes per your boy Adam Vingan:

There’s also some contract news on the Holtby beat.

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