Thursday was the NHL’s media day for the World Cup of Hockey and all nine participating Capitals players made appearances in Toronto.
After Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov conducted their press conferences, they wandered over to the World Cup of Hockey store. I am happy to report it was a fun trip.
Wednesday morning, Team Russia players arrived at CONSOL Energy Center with a nice surprise by their lockers. Russian captain Alex Ovechkin had given every player a special Unity Edition of Beats By Dre headphones. The wireless headphones appear to be specially painted in Russia’s colors.
TJ Oshie’s wife Lauren routinely posts adorable photos of her children on Instagram. But on Thursday afternoon, life as we know it was forever changed when Lauren posted the Oshie family portrait photo taken by Meghan Doll Photography.
Washington Capitals teammates Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov return to the ice at 12:30pm today, as Russia takes on the Czech Republic for their first World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game.
Beforehand, Ovechkin and Kuznetsov continued their Caps pre-game tradition of playing a round of sewer ball. The Russian national team Twitter account has your photos.
Former Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer marched in the annual Calgary Pride Parade, Sunday. Brouwer, who proudly held up a rainbow flag during the march, was one of several Calgary Flames to participate, including Jordan Sigalet, Matt Stajan, and mascot Harvey The Hound.
The Flames organization is a huge supporter of the You Can Play project, which is dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports.
In April, former Capitals defenseman Mike Green became a father for the first time, after wife Courtney gave birth to Axel Rain Green. Since then, both mom and dad have posted a bunch of photos of their adorable child on Instagram.
Thursday afternoon, they posted the below photo and I just had to share it.
On Sunday, Anson met another Caps baby born this summer, Leni Rose Oshie. Leni is TJ and Lauren Oshie’s second child born in late June.
The other day, the Capitals posted this GIF of Andre Burakovsky in a reply to a fan on Twitter. Now I’m not totally sure why, but deep down in my gut an alarm went off, telling me THIS GIF IS VERY RELEVANT TO RMNB READERS.
Again, I don’t know why – it’s just the Burracuda sticking his tongue out while skating by a camera. But I’m going to trust that instinct, an instinct that has guided my hockey blogging for the last seven years. So here you go: the andre-burakovsky-tongue.gif!
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