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For those of you who thought Mike Green in a #25 Red Wings jersey was weird, take a look at Troy Brouwer‘s new Blues sweater. The Big Lebrowski will wear #36 in St. Louis with assistant captain Alexander Steen already wearing #20.

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TJ Oshie Surprises Libby Lu With Caps Jersey

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Two weeks ago, long-time St. Louis Blue TJ Oshie was traded to the Washington Capitals for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley, and a third-round pick. While we were sad to see Brouwer go (especially the Brouwer Rangers), one fan out in the midwest had an even more difficult time dealing with Oshie’s departure: five-year-old Libby Lu.

After seeing the video, Oshie surprised Libby on SportsCenter three days later, promising her a new Caps jersey (and the use of his swimming pool). Well, I can report that the new jersey part did indeed happen.

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

Saturday was the last day of the Capitals Development Camp and, subsequently, the team’s annual fanfest. Fans began jamming the rink around 8 am, eager to get a prime position for the weekend scrimmage and the team’s year-end equipment sale.

The event featured an autograph signing with new addition TJ Oshie, attracting a packed group of admirers. Despite the damp weather outside, the Caps hosted street hockey and moon bounce for little kids on the top deck of the parking garage. Indoors, thousands completely packed Kettler Capitals Iceplex to watch the team’s draft picks and the camp’s free agent invitees battle it out in a scrimmage, won by Team Red 7-3. During general manager Brian MacLellan’s press conference, one reporter brought up the possibility the event could be moved to a bigger venue.

“We’ve never thought about,” MacLellan said. “It’d probably be a good idea.”

Part of the reason the event has gotten so big is due to the camaraderie of Caps fans. On Saturday, a group of Caps fans who met on Tumblr got together to watch some hockey and see some of their favorite prospects in the flesh. The Papa Squad (named after Tom Wilson’s and Michael Latta’s nickname for Nicklas Backstrom) of Sydney, Victoria, Alexi, Taylor, etc gathered together to get take some selfies and some signature. Victoria even got the prospects to sign her TJ Yoshie poster, created by a fellow fan.

“We just bonded over our love of the Caps,” Sydney told me.

Days like today are the reason this fanbase is so great. Below, take a look at Amanda’s gorgeous pictures from the day.

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At this year’s Development Camp, the Capitals have shied away from the myriad of scrimmages they held under past regimes, teaching the invitees rather than pitting them against each other.

“We’re doing developing more than we are evaluating,” General Manager Brian MacLellan said. “This has been more education, more development stuff.”

Nevertheless, the team still hosted a big scrimmage at the end of camp, the anchor of the team’s annual summer fanfest. With one big chance to impress Washington’s brass, the players turned in a barnstorming, high-energy game.

One casualty of the chippiness was Chandler Stephenson‘s smile. The third-round pick lost parts of two false teeth when he was high-sticked by Marcus Basara during three-on-three play.

“I didn’t see the stick but just felt my head go back,” Stephenson said. “My front four are already fake. It’s going to be interesting to see what mom says.”

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The penultimate day of Capitals development camp took place on Friday, as the prospects continued with drills in preparation for Saturday’s scrimmage. In the afternoon, the Caps hosted a three-on-three tournament, which saw Liam O’Brien’s Team Red winning in the championship game.

Saturday is the final day of development camp, which coincides with the team’s annual fanfest. The scrimmage will take place at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 10:30AM. See how many RMNBers you can spot in attendance! Also I’m told Ranger Nathan is taking donations on any Troy Brouwer gear that you find at the equipment sale. Here’s the full schedule of Fanfest.

You can see all of Amanda Bowen’s photos from Friday below.

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You remember how exciting my photoshop of TJ Oshie in a Capitals uniform was a few days ago? Now let’s visit the opposite end of the feels spectrum.

On Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings posted a photoshop of former Capital Mike Green in his new #25 Red Wings jersey and no, I will never get used to this.

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Thursday was day three for the Caps prospects at development camp. They started off doing five-on-five and the other puck handling drills we’ve grown accustomed to seeing at regular season Caps practices. Coaches started developing lines in red, white, and gray. These factions preview what we might see at the Fanfest scrimmage on Saturday morning. Though, there’s still plenty of time to mix it up.

The guys played a 3-on-3 tourney on Thursday afternoon after the Caps rink was transformed into three separate playing surfaces.

In other news, current Cap, Connor Carrick, and now St. Louis Blue, Troy Brouwer, were spotted at camp today, hanging around the facility before pulling on their skates for some afternoon ice time.

RMNB’s Amanda Bowen has all your photos of the morning sessions below.

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Photos: Caleb Herbert Fan Club

While 23-year-old center Caleb Herbert has a long road to the NHL in front of him, he has something that other higher-rated Caps prospects in the system don’t: a burgeoning fan club!

Tuesday, three college-aged girls emblazoned in amazing, handmade puffy-paint shirts, made the journey to Kettler Capitals Iceplex to watch the first day of Development Camp. They had one goal in mind: to get a photo with the man they call Herbie.

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

Wednesday, the Capitals hosted the second day of development camp and it was pretty much as the same as Tuesday. Prospects spent most of the session doing skating drills, which included stick handling around mustard yellow poles. Goaltending coach Mitch Korn also worked with the young goaltenders.

In the evening, the prospects planned to go to the Washington Nationals game, but it was rained out for the second straight year.

RMNB’s Amanda Bowen has your photos from today’s session below.

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

Tuesday marked the first day Caps prospects hit the ice for this year’s Development Camp. Using iPads, the coaches videotaped each player doing skating drills so the Caps could gather intel and teaching material for later in camp. Here’s basically how the morning went: every player would go in front of the camera, say their name (probably with a cool accent), and then proceed to do a drill.

Former Capitals captain Jeff Halpern stopped by to help out the Red Team. He gave some one-on-one attention to defensive prospect Madison Bowey and standout enforcer Liam O’Brien.

The prospects also debuted new shirts.

RMNB’s Amanda Bowen was there for it all. You’ve gotta see her photos. You’ll notice a lot of familiar faces including O’Brien, Stephenson, Herbert, Barber, DiPauli, Boyd, and Djoos.

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