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.
Since entering the league in 2005, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have been rivals on the ice and talked trash towards each other off of it.
While the rift between the two players has always been overblown, Ovechkin and Crosby have played rough against each other during games. The Russian machine has referred to Crosby’s franchise as “Shitsburgh” while Crosby has complained about the amount of lids thrown on the ice after an Ovechkin hat trick. Crosby did not salute Ovechkin after his 1,000th career point.
That’s why the 2017 All-Star Weekend has been so bizarre. Friday, during the NHL’s Top 100 Players Ceremony, Ovechkin and Crosby hung out and were very warm towards each other. Saturday night, the two Metropolitan Division All-Stars were inseparable during the All-Star Skills Competition.
Early Friday, Alex Ovechkin arrived in Los Angeles for the 2017 All-Star Weekend and has kept himself busy ever since. In the afternoon, Ovechkin filmed a commercial for Beats By Dre.
In the evening, Ovechkin traveled to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the NHL’s Top 100 Ceremony. While he had a free moment before the ceremony, Ovechkin, who is expected to be on that prestigious list, posed with his Olympic gold medal-winning mother Tatyana, his wife Nastya, his older brother Mikhail, and his father Mikhail.
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