Today is November 8, election day in America, and…
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While many of you are mainly concerned with who the next US President will be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, inside the Capitals locker room there is a great debate about another (ceramic) neck-and-neck race.
The Capitals are hosting a vote for the next Capitals bobblehead between Braden Holtby’s holtbyism, Tom Wilson’s Wiiiiillllllsssssssooooon Halloween costume, and Justin Williams’ fro.
The players are divided. Some of the candidates aren’t even voting for themselves.
Friday afternoon, two dozen cancer survivors filed into the Capitals locker room, taking a seat at their corresponding player’s stall. The following evening, the Caps were hosting Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Verizon Center. Each Capitals player would wear a lavender jersey with the last name of the Wish Kid they were playing for stitched on the back. The players and cancer survivors were to first meet face-to-face that Friday after the Caps finished practice.
Seven-year-old Connor Durgin, not one for following directions or the cards he’s been dealt in life, stood in the middle of the locker room with excitement.
When his player, future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin, walked in, Connor held up his sign and let out a large coo. He almost fell over.
The two hugged. Connor, grinning from ear-to-ear, only stood up to Ovechkin’s waist.
Monday, the Western Hockey League named Caps’ prospect defenseman Connor Hobbs as its WHL Player of the Week for the week of October 31 through November 6.
In two Regina Pats wins, Hobbs recorded a goal and six assists. In a 10-2 win on November 2 over the Kootenay Ice, Hobbs tallied a goal and three assists. Two days later, the Capitals 2015 fifth round pick received three more assists in a 9-6 win over the Saskatoon Blades.
Sunday night, the Anaheim Ducks hosted the Calgary Flames at Honda Center for Military Appreciation Night. It resulted in the NHL’s best ceremonial faceoff ever.
Members of the U.S. Marines and the Canadian Army were joined on the ice by Lance Corporal Brandon C. Benningfield and Corporal Nero, his Military Police Patrol/Explosive Detector Dog, for the pregame ceremony.
Corporal Nero dropped the puck.
On Saturday, the Washington Capitals hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Verizon Center. There were so many great moments that evening that it’s hard to cover them all. But here’s another one.
Nicklas Backstrom’s Wish Kid for the evening was five-year-old cancer survivor Maeve, who is currently in remission. Before the game, Maeve and her newfound friend Addy, stood by the glass during warmups. It was at that moment Maeve first met hunky forward Tom Wilson.
Her reaction is priceless.
Sunday afternoon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, a decent-sized contingent of Caps fans waited outside to meet players on the parking deck. One tiny Caps fan hoped he could get a stick.
As Beagle began to make his way to his car, the fan approached. The fan was holding a half opened water bottle. And that’s when something funny happened.
Friday afternoon after practice, each Washington Capitals player met with the Make A Wish cancer survivor they are playing for November 5 on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Each Capital will wear a special lavender warmup jersey which bears the name of their tiny hero. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game Saturday.
For Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, he will be playing for Connor, an adorable 7-year-old hockey player.
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