On Monday, the Capitals spent their day at Topgolf for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic’s Wish Upon A Par. The event gave Caps fans a unique opportunity to spend the day eating and golfing with their favorite players while raising funds for a fantastic non-profit organization. Many of the Wish Kids from Hockey Fights Cancer month attended and were reunited with their players.
The cherry on top was the beautiful 65 degree weather. Check out our favorite photos below. You’re going to love the Swede pics.
On Sunday night, I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside Bill Wippert and his photo crew once again as the Buffalo Sabres took on the Vancouver Canucks. Bill, the Sabres’ Team Photographer, first credentialed me to photograph an NHL game back in 2015. The portfolio built from those two games definitely helped further my career and generate the opportunities I’ve had since then.
This weekend was the first time I got to bring my football photography experience to a hole by the ice. The biggest challenge was readjusting to the speed of hockey again, after being so used to football this season. But once I got the hang of things, it was smooth sailing and so much fun!
To conclude her trip in Washington DC, the Capitals had Fatima Al Ali drop the puck during the team’s ceremonial faceoff Thursday against the Red Wings. After Fatima dropped the puck, she asked Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Zetterberg to take a selfie. The two players obliged.
This is the incredible result.
The Washington Capitals hosted Fatima Al Ali at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday. According to the AP’s Stephen Whyno, Al Ali called the experience the “best thing” to ever happen to her in her life.
Al Ali took the ice with the Capitals after practice, getting to learn from and play with her favorite hockey player, Alex Ovechkin. Her brother, Mohamed, joined her on the trip to DC and watched practice with her from the bench. He later joined the media on the ice and filmed her experience with the Caps on his phone.
Several other players including Tom Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom, and Justin Williams chatted with Al Ali on the ice and offered further tips on playing the game. Before heading back to the locker room, Ovechkin gave her a game-used stick and signed it for her. Evgeny Kuznetsov spent the latter half of the post-practice-play going one-on-one with Al Ali. They passed the puck and took shots every few passes before getting into a game of juggling the puck.
While our president focuses on trying to close down the borders, the NHL has been opening its own, celebrating Hockey Is For Everyone month during February.
On Sunday, the Washington Capitals flew in amazing stickhandler, Fatima Al Ali, from the UAE. Monday night, Fatima watched an instant classic between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers at Verizon Center. After meeting with the UAE’s ambassador Tuesday afternoon, Fatima took in the Caps-Canes game that night from her glass-side tickets. She’d even joined Ted Leonsis in the Owner’s Box for a bit.
After the game, Fatima would meet her favorite player Alex Ovechkin in the locker room. She was very excited.
Saturday afternoon, we welcomed literally the nicest people on earth to our Capitals watch party at the Iron Horse. It was an incredible time. We sold some exclusive merch. We gave out a lot of high fives and hugs. And then NBC’s Pierre McGuire showed up and things went next level.
RMNBX trended in Washington DC. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Craig Laughlin gave us an awesome shoutout on live TV. Pierre, who was wearing a championship ring from his time in Pittsburgh, led a raucous Let’s! Go! Caps! chant. And the crowd cheered wildly as the Caps held on for the 3-2 victory.
Saturday, 400 raucous Caps fans packed the downstairs basement of the Iron Horse for RMNB Party 10. But little did we know that a two-time Stanley Cup champion and Emmy-winning journalist would be randomly chilling upstairs.
NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire, whom, sure, we’ve had our difference with in the past, came to the Iron Horse to grab a few drinks, catch the game, and check out the party.
After one of our readers tipped us off, Peter and I walked upstairs and introduced ourselves. We took a photo and posted it on Twitter. And then a steady stream of readers came up to meet Pierre. Like there was a giant line. He was literally the nicest person, taking photos, and talking hockey with anyone who greeted him.
But the best part came later.
You may have noticed my photo posts on RMNB have been fewer in number this season. That’s because, in the fall, I landed the internship of a lifetime. I was hired by the Washington Redskins to shoot home games from the sidelines and professionally cover their events.
Now that the NFL season is coming to a close, I have been getting back into the groove of the spring semester at school. While I was working on assignments Wednesday night, I started receiving notifications from people tagging me in a photo on Instagram. The photo was posted by DeSean Jackson of the Redskins. Normally when this happens, it’s one of the players giving me credit for taking a photo. But in this photo, I was actually the focus of the shot.
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