Last June, Braden Holtby, wearing a Rock The Rainbow Capitals shirt, marched in the Capital Pride Parade along with his wife Brandi and other members of the Caps organization.
Many fans, who were inspired by Holtby’s gesture, reached out to the Capitals online to sell the same pride shirt, wanting to show support to the local LGBTQ community too. The Capitals organization obliged ten days later and sales were brisk.
Thursday, in celebration of Hockey Is For Everyone month, the NHL, for the very first time, released pride shirts for every NHL team. Reader Jenn Rubenstein was the first to point out the Caps’ new merch item on our timeline.
“Little Andre is another year older,” Tom Wilson wrote on Twitter. Wilson then posted a mildly embarrassing, but one-hundred percent satisfying photo of his teammate in a leather jacket and white sunglasses.
Capitals fan Andrew Burk, who serves as the Vice President of Digital at FP1 Strategies, shared something amazing on his Twitter account Tuesday. Andrew and his fiancee Cassie were recently given access by his favorite hockey team to shoot their engagement photos at Verizon Center.
Like literally on the ice.
In December, Peter Bondra surprised UAE hockey player Fatima Al Ali with a free trip to Washington in honor of her unreal stickhandling skills. Fatima arrived in DC this past Sunday, and on Monday night, she sat courtside as the Wizards and Cavaliers went back and forth in the most entertaining regular-season basketball game of the season. Tuesday, her dream trip continued as she went to her first Caps game and met her favorite player, Alex Ovechkin, in the locker room.
Wednesday, things got even better. In front of a large throng of local and national media, Fatima took the ice with the team after Capitals practice.
The morning after their 5-0 win against Carolina, the Washington Capitals announced that they have called back up forward Zach Sanford from the Hershey Bears. The 22-year-old first-year pro made the Capitals out of training camp, making his NHL debut on October 13 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Later that month, Sanford registered his first NHL point against the Calgary Flames. But after only tallying one point in his first 19 games, the Caps sent Sanford down for Jakub Vrana on November 30.
After registering 11 points in his first 12 AHL games, Sanford has grown cold, tallying only three points in his last 12 games for Hershey.
According to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, several players seemed banged up after blocking some shots last night. The call for Sanford would help some Capitals players heal up if they were injured. The Capitals have two home games left before their bye week.
Braden Holtby won the Vezina Trophy last season, and now he’s making the case to repeat this year.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the Holtbeast recorded 23 saves, leading the Caps to a 5-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The shutout was Holtby’s seventh of the season, tying the Lloydminster, Saskatchewan native with the Los Angeles Kings’ Peter Budaj.
Tuesday night at The KeyBank Center, the Buffalo Sabres hosted You Can Play night. During pregame warmups, Sabres players rocked rainbow-colored pride tape on their sticks and rainbow-colored name plates on their jerseys to show support to the LGBTQ community.
The visiting Sharks were not a planned part of the festivities, but former Capitals forward Joel Ward rocked some pride tape anyways.
After starting the year slow, Washington Capitals defenders have been scoring goals at a higher clip recently. Dmitry Orlov tallied two goals on January 23 against the Hurricanes, and John Carlson scored twice against the Lightning a month earlier. In the month of January, Capitals defensemen scored ten goals total.
That’s why I was shocked when I heard this next stat. While doing some research on San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, Sportsnet’s Dimitri Filipovic came up with this amazing graph.
Tuesday morning, the Capitals announced that then will be hosting a new charity event this month, the Wish Upon a Par golf tournament. Wish Upon a Par will be held on Monday, February 20, at Top Golf in Ashburn, Virginia. Tickets are now on sale and include food, two and a half hours of golfing, a silent auction, and the chance to win various prizes. VIP tickets are also available. All proceeds will go to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic.
Capitals players in attendance will include Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, TJ Oshie, Nate Schmidt, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson, and Daniel Winnik. Alumnus Rod Langway will also be in attendance.
Hours before the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl parade, the Boston Bruins announced that they had fired their Stanley Cup champion coach and Bill Dauterive lookalike Claude Julien. Despite baffling roster decisions by GM Don Sweeney, Julien has managed to keep the team competitive with a 26-23-6 record (58 points) through 55 games this season. The Bruins are one point out of the final wild card spot.
Taking the reins on an interim basis is Bruce Cassidy, who got his first head coaching experience in Washington under George McPhee. In 107 games with the Caps, Cassidy managed to completely and utterly destroy the team.
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