Here’s Ilya Samsonov Posing With A Bear Because Russia

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We don’t know much about Caps 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov, but now at least we know this: when he was a toddler, he took a picture with a bear. A real, live, probably hungry, almost certainly annoyed bear.

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Swedish airbrush artist David Gunnarsson just released imagery of Braden Holtby‘s new lid for the 2015-16 season and it’s indeed the white, starry mask we pointed out a few weeks ago.

The white bucket features the Caps original logo on both sides of the cage and the number 70 on the chin. If you look closely, you’ll also notice weagle logos overtop the red paint near the opening of the mask. I dig it.

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Swedish mask painter for the stars, Dave Gunnarsson, released what he called a “sneak peek” of Philipp Grubauer’s new mask for the 2015-16 season on Monday afternoon. The bucket’s design, which Gunnarsson specializes in, is stunning. The promotional video of said mask, which Gunnarsson does not specialize in, is bizarre.

Like can someone explain what is going on here?

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On Friday, Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin participated in Ilya Kovalchuk’s charity hockey Game From Pure Heart . This year, the game was held at the Palace of Sports in Kazan and raised 8-million rubles (almost 125,000 USD) for local orphanages .

Team Morozov beat Team Kovalchuk (Ovechkin’s team) 11 to 9. The retiring Alexei Morozov scored three goals in his farewell game. Kovy scored four.

Morozov’s team consisted mostly of his ex-comrades from Ak Bars: Danis Zaripov, Sergei Zinoviev, Alexei Emelin, Vitali Proshkin, and Alexei Tereshchenko. The senior executive of Tatarstan/acting head of the republic, Rustam Minnikhanov, and the mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin, also participated. Kovalchuk’s team featured Ovechkin, Alexander Radulov, Sergei Mozyakin, plus Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and KHL chairman Gennady Timchenko.

There were some good moments in the game, such as when Ovechkin played against actual children.

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We now know how Evgeny Kuznetsov has spent part of the $6 million he’ll get from the Washington Capitals under his new two-year deal: He bought a teeny tiny jersey for his 12-week-old daughter, Ecenia.

Kuzy posted the photo to Instagram with the caption “Готовь сани летом.” Igor has your translation as “Prepare your sled in summertime.” Sounds like … good advice?

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Alex Ovechkin has probably been on more magazine covers than Kim Kardashian and today he adds one more. The Hockey News will make The Great Eight their cover boy for their “Future Of Hockey” issue.

I don’t have much more to add than that– except, well, I do notice something.

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The Capitals have seen a lot of fan favorites leave this summer including Mike Green, Joel Ward, and Troy Brouwer. While seeing those guys in new sweaters is definitely weird, Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy took it to the next level when they signed with rival Pittsburgh.

Like, check out Oleksy in his new Pens’ hockey pants, socks, and helmet, with his new number 65.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is back from vacation and training for next season at Dynamo’s practice facility (Novogorsk-Dynamo) with rival Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, according to an Instagram photo he posted this morning. “Getting ready for the season!!” Ovechkin said in Russian, as translated by RMNB reader Olga Fedorova. “Thanks to Andrey Vorobiev for training!!))) Malkin [thumbs up].”

Andrey Vorobiev is the governor of Moscow Oblast.

Due to the wonderful power of Instagram, we find that this is not the only Russian political leader Ovechkin has skated with this summer.

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Friday night at 7:05 PM, RMNB’s hometown Frederick Keys will take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Harry Grove Stadium. And they will be doing so in uniforms that are both ridiculous (think: Cowboy Monkey Rodeo) and awesome beyond words.

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Last season, four-year-old Maxim Goloschapov was flown from Moscow to Kettler Capitals Iceplex because he won a promotional campaign held by Bauer Russia. Basically, tiny Maxim wowed Ovechkin with his hockey talent so much that The Great Eight had to meet him.

In March, Maxim and the rest of his family watched the Caps practice before being introduced to Ovechkin and the team’s two other Russian players, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov, in the locker room. That day, Maxim’s father Ivan promised Ovechkin a gift to thank him for his son’s amazing experience.

In mid-June, Ovechkin actually took him up on that offer – with help from his girlfriend, Nastya Shubskaya. During a quick meet-up in a Moscow restaurant, Maxim and his father presented the Russian machine with a portrait of himself.

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