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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin ended his summer in Russia with fireworks of the figurative kind. He injected himself into the debate about Ukraine, found his name bandied about (again) in KHL speculation, and co-starred in an “unusual and somewhat provocative” music video with a Russian pop star.

On Thursday, back in the loving confines of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Ovechkin looked as cool as a cucumber, talking with reporters about the upcoming NHL season (yaye!) and hosting a private skate with 60 children with developmental disabilities.

Of course the skate was cute but there was one particular moment that is mind-blowingly adorable.

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On Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals held an open house at Verizon Center. John Walton hosted a chalk talk in the lower bowl while Verizon Center employees began creating the new ice sheet for next season behind him. On top of that, Caps rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who may challenge for will win the Calder Trophy next year, signed autographs for the adoring public.

As I hung out around the line forming to meet Kuznetsov, a fan that looked awfully darned familiar introduced himself to me. “Hi, I’m Max,” the teenager said with a big smile. “I’m from this!”

He then pointed to a 8×10”photo that landed on RMNB in late July.

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After months of nothing, the NHL has begun announcing news surrounding the 2015 Winter Classic, which will be held in our own backyard of Washington DC! This is why I must point you to the NHL.com website, which has tons of stories promoting the event and hey… why does Toews look like that?

I think we’re going to need to get our fancy schmancy graphic editing software program, vector some raster things, and enhance that bad boy.

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Fedor noticed something on Tuesday, and I just had to comment on it. Vitek Vanecek‘s bio photo on the Champions Hockey League website was not even close to being correct.

I made a crack about it on the Twitters.

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Finally, Alex Ovechkin Has Come Back to Washington, DC!

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The photo’s kind of dark, but that’s him, promise. (Photo: @WashCaps)

After spending Monday and Tuesday in New York for NHL Media Day, the Russian machine has finally come back to DC.

This morning, Alex Ovechkin donned his Caps gear and took the ice with his teammates.

That basically marks the end of summer, so put away your jorts and your neon tank tops. Hockey is coming.

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What Are Your Thoughts On NHL15 So Far?

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Every year during the second Tuesday of September, I do the same exact thing. I completely forget the new NHL video game from EA Sports came out, then I frantically go to the Frederick Best Buy right before it closes and purchase it. I then play it until 2 or 3am and then have the worst insomnia ever because I’m so amped and just want to get up out of bed and play it again until work starts.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I have broken the routine this year and am sitting on the sidelines. Again, I’m not exactly sure why, but feel free to blame Tom Wilson if you want.

So here’s where you come in. Please leave in the comments your thoughts on this year’s game. Should I buy it? Should I not? Are those selfies as sexist as Wysh says they are? Are Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s hugs as sensual as they seemed in that one GIF I made last week? What ignorant things does Ray Ferraro say about the Russian machine?

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Photo: Express Gazeta

On Monday, the Russian website Express Gazeta released on-set video and an interview from Katya Lel’s new music video. As you might recall, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is co-starring in the “unusual and somewhat provocative” clip from the 40-year-old pop star, which will drop sometime in the fall.

Welp, “somewhat provocative” is right judging by these GIFs.

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Photo: Allison Stancil

On Saturday, a bunch of you came out to Ft. Dupont Ice Arena, and helped raise more than $2,800 for charity in just two short hours. Because you guys were so frigging cool, I had to get even cooler at the end of the party.

With “help” from Troy Brouwer, the Brouwer Rangers, Connor Carrick, and Wes Johnson, I completed the Ice Bucket Challenge in front of 100 crazed lunatics at center ice. I’m told it was a balmy 25 degrees at ice level.

Check it out yourself below.

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Swedish airbrush painter Dave Gunnarsson has just released photos of Braden Holtby‘s new mask, and boy is it a beauty. Built off the design of Holtby’s bucket from last season, Gunnarrsson continued — in his words — the “old school style” of the Capitals brand.

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The Brouwers with all three Brouwer Rangers. (Photo: Sheena D.)

9/8 Update: With post-event bake sale money and online donations included, the total raised actually comes to $2,800!

Thanks to everyone who braved the wicked traffic to come out to PARTYZORD: The Brouwer Rangers/RMNB ‘Legends of Ice Dancing’ Tour de Pouwer (to Support Fort Dupont Ice Arena)™ on Saturday morning. In just two short hours, we raised more than $2,100 for Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena! Can you believe it?!

That includes money contributed through the raffle, bake sale and silent auction, and surpasses the total donation we made along with the Brouwers last year! Even better is that the real total is probably even higher than that, thanks to folks who couldn’t make it out to the party but still donated online. (If you’d like to do that now, head over to FDIA’s donation page.)

We think Emily put it best:

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