Washington Capitals players hosted their annual Halloween Party last night and the costumes were incredible. Matt Niskanen was the tooth fairy, Alex Ovechkin was an inmate, and Zach Sanford was Dog The Bounty Hunter. TJ and Lauren Oshie, who last year were Cruella de Vil and one of the 101 dalmatians, went to the party as Mr. and Mrs. Smith 2.0. That included blood splatters all over their white clothes. The costumes worked particularly well because TJ was sporting a swollen and bloodied lip from being high-sticked the night before against the Rangers.
On Monday, Lauren Oshie posted a photo of the family’s other Halloween costumes: The Incredibles. Even Lyla got in on the act.
Sunday night, Capitals players held their annual Halloween Party at the Mari Vanna restaurant in Washington DC. The costumes were fantastic.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin slicked back his hair and put on a prisoner costume. His wife Nastya, who I’m guessing was his captor, dressed up as a police officer, potentially giving us an inside look into who truly wears the pants in that relationship. Meanwhile #CapsNeighbors Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky dressed up as stepbrothers and TJ Oshie and his wife Lauren were Mr. and Mrs Smith… with a twist.
Check out all the costumes below.
Thursday night, Daniel Winnik, in Barry Trotz’s words, was “missing a part of his ear” after blocking a shot from the point with his head. Winnik returned to the game after that scary moment and did not miss a shift. But his injury sounded nasty.
“He got chewed up a little bit,” Trotz said “Yeah, it’s just a small piece [that’s missing].”
This afternoon, Alex Ovechkin continued his annual tradition of skating with 60-plus children from the American Special Hockey Association. Before taking the ice, Ovechkin made some time to hang out with star Washington Ice Dogs player (and one-time sushi date), Ann Schaab. In an adorable moment inside the locker room, Schaab presented the Russian machine with a children’s book entitled Drop the Puck, Let’s Play Hockey written by Jayne J. Jones Beehler. The friendship between Ovechkin and Schaab inspired the character in the book named Ann.
Ann signed the book as Ovechkin cradled it open for her. I guarantee this will now become Ovi’s new most prized collectible.
Proceeds from book sales over the next two weeks will all benefit ASHA so basically you should go buy it right now.
Ovechkin has had a long-standing relationship with the American Special Hockey Association. Ovi began hosting these sessions three years ago and famously donated a Honda to the organization after the 2015 All-Star Game. Ovechkin’s charity work with ASHA has also helped massively grow the hockey league and open it to more kids. Eight new teams have been started recently. There are currently more than 60 ASHA programs in more than 54 cities throughout the United States. For his work, Ovechkin was named a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award last season.
The Jay Beagle Goodwill Tour made its way to Verizon Center Tuesday night. Days after Beags gave away and individually autographed two dozen pucks to children at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the fourth-line center struck again during warmups ahead of the Caps game against Colorado.
Beagle tossed a puck to a tiny Caps fan named London who was holding a sign that read, “I <3 83. Happy Birthday Jay Beagle.” Then, after I assume some prompting by mom, Beags literally stopped what he was doing on the ice and took a picture through the glass.
Dmitry Orlov delivered what will likely be the biggest check of the season on Matt Duchene in the first period. As Duchene cut to the middle of the ice, Orlov stepped up and knocked the Avs forward head over heels. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Craig Laughlin called the crunching bodyblow the “best hit I have seen in the booth in 25 years.
A photo sequence of the bodycheck just hit NHL.com and you have to see this.
The Washington Capitals hosted their 2016-17 regular season home opener in style Saturday with a special red carpet event. As cars provided by Lexus dropped players off on F Street, diehard Caps fans lined the entrance, hoping for a picture or an autograph with their favorite athlete.
The event started at 3:30 and was hosted by PA Announcer Wes Johnson, who served as the master of ceremonies. Johnson introduced players as they arrived while preselected fans walked the players down the red carpet. Many Caps, including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Nate Schmidt, and Andre Burakovsky, posed for selfies with fans before going inside Verizon Center.
That afternoon, RMNB had two photographers at the event, myself and the talented Katie Snyder (who you can follow on Instagram and Facebook). Snyder is one of the Redskins’ home-game photographers and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Snyder also does a lot of freelance work, including family-based portraits.
As father to a teenager with Down syndrome, Barry Trotz knows better than most what they need. Last month, the Capitals head coach delivered an emotional message about how much friendship means to special needs children and why the Capitals community should participate in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk.
This morning, hundreds of people took to the National Mall to join Nolan Trotz and the Best Buddies Capital Region chapter.
Trotz’s team, aptly named Strollin’ with Nolan, was joined by several Caps babies, Caps wives, Slapshot, and the Red Rockers.
The Washington Capitals hosted their annual Media Luncheon on Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex following practice. The media was treated to lunch before the players joined in on the afternoon reception. Interviews on camera followed, and one-on-one chats off screen filled the rest of the afternoon. Our own Chris Gordon — and Evgeny Kuznetsov — joined the CSN crew for a chat on the upcoming regular season.
Each Caps player was dressed to impress. From Alex Ovechkin in his (in)famous shiny light blue suit, to Braden Holtby, who prepared a sublime plaid two piece with a yellow pocket square. Meanwhile, we dressed like we just got out of bed.
Take a look and enjoy your fancy Caps as they met with the media following the luncheon.
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