Saturday evening, 88 of you packed into the Michael & Son SportPlex in Rockville for the inaugural, sold-out RMNB Floor Hockey Tournament. After 7 hours of hockey, two teams were crowned champions.
In the Rec Tournament, Team Backstrom — consisting of team captain Daniel T. Bagley, Chris Scheina, Joel Wasserman, Joseph Mark, Katherine Mangis de Mark, Michael Walsh, Rick Tiene, Ryan Harris-Albarano, Whitney Mark, Zach Hammon, and Zack Herbert — got to lift the GR8 Missing Tooth Trophy after defeating Team Holtbeast. Team RMNB finished third in the division (!), which is not last, so go us. Also RMNB’s Spenser Smallwood scored from the red line in what I’m calling the goal of the tourney.
A few hours later, the DC Street Hockey crew — consisting of team captain Zachary Tardivo, Andrew LeBlanc, Ben Fiorello, Bob Heinz, Greg Nevano, Isabel, LeBlanc, Kelly-Jo Schneider, Mark Vita, Ryan Agostinelli, Tom Houston, and Wayne Barrett — won the championship in the Pro Division after a very spirited game with the Funkmasters. Every player in the pro league impressed me majorly. You guys are so talented.
In the end, we raised nearly $4,000 for Ryan Ellis’s bid to try and win the Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway this Saturday. And oh yeah, we all got free pizza courtesy of Papa John’s.
On Friday the Washington Capitals opened up their 2016 Training Camp for Media Day. While there 65 players on the initial roster, many were still at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. But with Team Europe advancing to the final against Canada, having eliminated Team Sweden and Russia respectively, we’ll be seeing Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Nicklas Backstrom on the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex very soon.
The guys were split into three separate teams: Team Red, Team White, and Team Blue. Each one opened their practices with passing drills at the Arlington County rink on the roof, before making their way next door to the Capitals Rink where they performed their skate tests. After an exhausting stint of suicides, the guys laid out over the benches. They were literally steaming.
Take a look.
The Capitals debuted new practice jerseys at the start of training camp on Friday. Following the lead of other NHL, NFL and NBA teams, the Caps now have ads on the corner of their non-game threads. Washington announced this thrilling news in a tweet with multiple exclamation points.
The Captials have rolled out their new banners located outside the parking garage of Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the 2016-17 season.
The banners feature both past and current players from the team including T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, Yvon Labre, Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Dale Hunter and Braden Holtby (listed as “Holtbeast”).
On Thursday, Capitals players Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, Taylor Chorney, and Nate Schmidt debuted what appear to be the team’s shirts for this year’s training camp.
You know Barry Trotz (or someone on his staff) came up with this because they are valuing an intangible over talent. Don’t even get me started on that. It’s cool, whatever.
On Saturday, September 17th a large contingent of the Caps organization took over the new Nando’s PERi-PERi in Arlington to help benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The players that participated included Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Stanislav Galiev, Nate Schmidt, and Tom Wilson. Additional members that helped out were Caps alumnus Paul Mulvey, PA Announcer Wes Johnson, the Red Rockers, Slapshot, Elliot In The Morning, and CSN’s Caps analysts Craig Laughlin and Courtney Laughlin.
It sure looks like everyone had a great time.
Alex Ovechkin had himself a heck of a game Sunday. The Russian machine distributed a bunch of big hits to Swedish players and almost single-handedly sent the game to overtime during his final shift.
After the game, Ovechkin met with one of his fans: Grandma Pavelski!
Hockey Harlem Globetrotter TJ Oshie always does some puck-juggling during warm-ups before every game. The NHL captured a great photo of Oshie in the act ahead of USA’s game against Team Europe at Air Canada Center.
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