EA Sports’ NHL16 got some splainin’ to do. Despite Alex Ovechkin leading the league in goals and Nicklas Backstrom leading the league in assists, EA Sports has rated the two stars’ digi-versions of themselves pretty dang conservatively.
Update: A Caps spokesman has confirmed that there will be no convention this year.
It’s starting to look like last year’s cancellation of the popular annual Caps Convention may be permanent. Multiple season ticket holders have confirmed they’re hearing the same message from the front office: There will not be a convention, at least not this season.
That makes sense given the other evidence, notably that there hasn’t been an announcement on the convention from the team. The convention is traditionally held in late September or early October; if it were on this year, tickets would already be on sale if not sold out. The website for D.C.’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where CapsCon has been held since 2010, doesn’t list any Capitals events in the near future, either.
On September 2, 2015, In News, By Nathan Burchfiel
Photo: Chris Gordon
After a long absence attributed to last season’s Winter Classic, the Capitals announced today that the annual Capitals Casino Night is officially back. Casino Night will be Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Sheraton Pentagon City. Tickets go on sale for past attendees, season ticket holders, suite holders, and Club Scarlet members on Sept. 9, and to the general public on Sept. 15.
As in past years, Casino Night gives fans an opportunity to play fake money on a host of table games, including blackjack, poker, roulette, craps and slots, with Capitals players and staff. There will also be a raffle and both live and silent auctions for memorabilia and experiences. The best part is that all the money raised goes to benefit the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, which does charitable work throughout the D.C. area on behalf of the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics.
Curtis Glencross, aka “CG22” or “Gold Rush Glencross” or “GlenX” or “Glengary Glencross”, is still without a contract for the 2015-16 season. After seven points in 18 games for the Capitals, the 32-year-old forward is a man without a country. It’s at this point that Glencross is beginning to regret taking that hometown discount ($2.55 million) with the Calgary Flames in 2011, back when he was a 20-plus goal scorer.
“If I could do it again … as much as I love (Calgary) and call it home and met great people, at the same time, when it’s time for you to cash in, you have to take advantage and cash in. You can’t take a pay-cut or hometown discount because things change.”
That’s surprising candor from a professional hockey player.
The International Ice Hockey Federation on Monday announced an $85,000 fine against the Russian Hockey Federation for an incident that occurred after Canada embarrassed Russia again, this time at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic. But don’t lump Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin into this mess.
Here’s what went down. After Canada destroyed Russia 6-1 in the gold medal game, most of Team Russia’s skaters left the ice immediately after receiving their silver medals. This was a problem because good sportsmanship (and, apparently, the rulebook) requires the losing team to stay on the the ice for the entire medal ceremony, including the playing of the victors’ national anthem. The IIHF noted that team captain Ilya Kovalchuk led the mass departure, though it’s hard to imagine where they got the idea that Kovalchuk would leave something before he was supposed to.
Meanwhile, according to the Russian news agency TASS, Alex Ovechkin stayed for the entire ceremony and tried to keep his team on the ice. That’s called good leadership, people.