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On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals revealed their new Winter Classic sweaters. There were some on the internet that were excited and others who were like “wut iz dis?” Count me in the excited group.

The logo design, based on Washington’s professional hockey team identity in the 1930’s, took a year to get completed. The white W and the stripes are inspired by the early 20th century jerseys, while, in a modern twist, there are subtle typographic elements that hint at the Washington Monument.

It’s an innovative, smart, and bold design.

Because most of our readers want to immediately hand over their life savings to the NHL, I’ve uncovered which Winter Classic merchandise is available to be bought– like, right now. Also, at the bottom, I’ve found dates on when other merch is expected to be in stores.

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Your Favorite Capitals Players Will Swear on TV Again

Mike Green in the original HBO 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic series.

The NHL and HBO just couldn’t get on the same page about producing another season of 24/7 for this year’s (or next year’s, whatever) Winter Classic. No matter, the guy who pioneered the show, former HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg, is going to bring something like it to us. And he’s gonna do it on something called Epix.

Announced at today’s brouhaha at Nationals Park, which was totally inspired by Camden Yards, the as-of-yet-unnamed television series will be in four parts. We are promised cursing and stitches and all the not-totally-safe-for-kids-unless-your-kids-are-badass content we got from the HBO series, though the NHL seems to have final cut– so don’t expect any scandals.

And most importantly: it’ll be free.

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The jersey’s got stripes! (Photo: Monumental Network)

At noon on Tuesday, the Washington Capitals will debut their new Winter Classic jerseys. All the big wigs are in attendance: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA Don Fehr, and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. Also scheduled to attend are Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby, who will be modeling the new sweaters.

There will be a lot of information to cover today: plans for the game, a 24/7-like documentary series leading up to the game, the Caps new WC logo, the NHL’s logo, whatever the Hawks are doing, rink placement inside the stadium, views from the seats, and probably even more.

We’ll update this post as information comes in so keep refreshing. Have a blast in the comments. Also, we’ll have some awesome photos from Amanda Bowen, who is photographing the event for us, later.

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Photos by Chris Gordon.

In the last couple days, we’ve made a lot of Barry Trotz’s new tough, tiring training camp. The outlook is part of a trend of forced seriousness as Trotz and Brian MacLellan look to turn the Caps from underachievers to a spring success story. Trotz’s psychological makeover manifested itself in the latest way Sunday, when the players stepped into the team’s new locker room at Verizon Center for the first time. In additional to new stalls, the room features a large version of the team’s secondary logo on the floor, which was roped off. “Don’t step on the logo,” members of the media were warned by a team spokesman upon entering the room.

“I think there’s a pride we should have in our organization,” Trotz said. “It’s about what’s on the front of the jersey, not what’s on the back of the jersey. What’s on the front of the jersey is very important and should be a little sacred. Plus it makes the room look great.”

“Few things are sacred now in sport and I want our logo to be something that we’re very proud of,” he concluded.

Here are some photos of the new room.

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Caps Install Hat Trick Display in Verizon Center

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Photo: Washington Capitals

A few years ago, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis mused on his blog (I can’t find the article anymore) about someday doing something special with the hats that Caps fans throw onto the ice after a hat trick.

Fast forward a few years and Leonsis has seen the idea through. The Caps have unveiled a hat trick display at Verizon Center located behind section 111 of the main concourse.

Unfortunately, the photo that the team tweeted out is kind of hard-to-see. But don’t fret. When we get to our first home game, we’ll have some better ones to show you.

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Caps Implement Hogwarts System For Training Camp

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The Washington Capitals have announced their roster and schedule for training camp. It’s basically “blah blah blah,” 66 players, “blah blah blah,” a buncha scrimmages, but I wanna point out the part that struck me.

The Capitals have organized training camp into groups, each named for a different Caps legend.

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Hahahaha, Elliot (Photo: Guerin Austin)

For five years, the beautiful and talented Guerin Austin was a familiar face to Caps fans. The former Miss Nebraska was the in-game host of Capitals games at Verizon Center during the team’s greatest years. She also won three local Emmys hosting “Caps Red Line,” the Caps-produced television show that airs on the Monumental Network and NHL Network.

In 2013, Austin left the team for bigger and better things. After spending the last year doing a bunch prominent gigs, Austin has been hired by the Boston Bruins-owned media company NESN to be the team’s new rinkside reporter.

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StubHub, Washington Capitals Battle for Ticket-Reselling Market

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Last week we reported about a change in Monumental’s policy for season-ticket holders. Under this new policy, ticket holders would not be able to print out their tickets until 72 hours before the event. The team stated that the policy was changed for security reasons, though some fans felt that the Caps were trying to eliminate competition on the secondary market.

Ticket-reseller websites like StubHub have cutoff windows for the delivery of resold tickets. To resell, the original owner must provide the ticket usually no less than five days before the game. With a 72-hour-window instituted by the Capitals and Wizards, reselling on StubHub was effectively made impossible. The NHL’s partner reseller, TicketExchange, was still a viable option.

Since this story broke, StubHub has changed its rules to accommodate Monumental’s new restrictions on ticket printing.

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Photo: @RFCapsMoustache

Long-time Emmy-winning Washington Capitals’ play-by-play man Joe Beninati has kept himself busy this summer. He’s called the Lacrosse World Championships for ESPN and today he’s doing play-by-play of one of the biggest college football rivalries in the sport: University of Maryland & the University of West Virginia for the Big Ten Network.

This is the game UMD is wearing those awesome Star-Spangled Banner jerseys in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore.

This is the second Maryland game Beninati’s helped narrate this season, earlier this month doing play-by-play of the UMD/JMU game.

If this Deadspin video is any indication, Joe B is absolutely killing it in the booth.

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Death of the Spin-o-Rama: Rules Changes for 2014-15!

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The NHL has announced a bunch of changes to the rulebook for the new season. The rules address stuff like the overtime, diving, and the trapezoid.

And, oh yeah, the spin-o-rama is dead.

Per internet tradition, we must now file the changes under the following headings: Worst Ever or Best Ever. There can be no in between.

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