Karl Alzner Is Almost Back to DC (Photo)

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Let us rejoice. Karl Alzner‘s long journey from Canada is almost over. Only 39 days until Caps hockey begins again!

Photo: @KarlAlzner

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Ovechkin and Alexei Yashin share a laugh before the game. (Photo: R-Sport)

On Saturday, Alex Ovechkin traveled 45 miles from his Moscow home to participate in the fifth iteration of Ilya Kovalchuk’s charity hockey game held in neighboring Chekhov, home of KHL Vityaz. The proceeds of the game, which translates to “From Pure Heart,” raised $16 million rubles (or slightly under $500k dollars) for various orphanages.

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Photo: @EASportsNHL

On September 9th, EA Sports will release the latest edition of their hockey franchise, NHL15. With the game jumping up to the more-powerful Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles this year, video game designers at Electronic Arts could finally push some parts of the franchise that have been lagging for a long time.

For Washington Capitals fans, that means an impeccably designed Verizon Center, the Rock The Red logo literally everywhere, and a few pesky Penguins fans invading the arena during rivalry games.

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This post is best viewed by playing the below video first before reading. (Photo: @cparrie)

Friday night, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green went to the Katy Perry concert with his wife, Courtney. The pop star is playing at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary tonight, Green’s hometown. Now some of you out there might think, oh man, that is not an event I would want people to know I’m going to. Instead, Green let a friend take a photo of him and his wife before the show and oh my god do you see what he’s wearing this IS AMAZING.

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Photo: @MalinElis

In late February, as Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom prepared for one of the biggest games of his career, he learned he tested positive for a banned substance, Zyrtec D, an allergy medication.

Backstrom was barred from playing against Canada in the Sochi Olympics gold-medal game. He watched from the sidelines as his teammates got shut out 3-0. He suffered through a miserable press conference after the game and then another in Washington DC when he returned to North America for NHL action.

On March 14th, the International Olympic Committee ruled that Backstrom had suffered enough and that the gold medal game suspension was a sufficient punishment.

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Photo: Conny Svensson of arbetarbladet.se

While in his homeland of Sweden, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom does a lot for the community. Earlier this summer, Backstrom presented his scholarship for the fifth time to two talented 16-year-old student athletes.

On Sunday, as first reported by Malin Andersson of Hockey Ramblings, Nicky amped up the cuteness to 11 while visiting a hospital in Gävle to participate in the clinic’s Play Therapy program.

The program inspires sick children before they undergo needed medical treatments. And they do it by– you guessed it– playing!

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The Michael Latta BioSteel GIFs

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Last week, Washington Capitals center Michael Latta was in Toronto with injured teammate Tom Wilson for Matt Nichol’s Biosteel Camp. The weeklong camp features many NHL stars (and Biznasty) working out with the renowned trainer.

Because the camp is remarkably good at marketing itself, they produced videos from each day’s training session.

Since the videos are #fancy and Latta is in some of them, I figured, hey, let’s GIF!

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I know “Goal of the Year” is a big statement, but look at this goal and try to disagree.

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Over the weekend, Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in his native Sweden. It was a no-frills affair… hey, wait a minute.

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It definitely suits him. (Photoshop by me!)

Update 11:10 PM: A Caps spokesman has confirmed the number change.

After spending parts of four seasons in the Washington Capitals organization wearing a whole bunch of jersey numbers that add up to 9, it appears Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov finally has his childhood number.

On Saturday, Caps hockey blog Rock The Red first noticed the change on the Caps’ website, where Dmitry Orlov’s name is next to the number 9. Later, reader Evan sent us a screenshot of his very own.

The change is live and can be seen on the Caps’ roster page.

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