Photo: Washington Capitals
On Wednesday night, some of the best players in Capitals history (and Alan May) participated in the 2016 Caps Alumni Game to conclude Fanfest. Capitals greats Olie Kolzig, Denis Maruk, and Craig Laughlin joined fan favorites like Kevin Kaminski, and Matt Bradley, and Brent Johnson for a spirited game in front of a mostly full Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Former YoungStars Game MVP Brian Sutherby won the exhibition for Team White in a shootout.
The Washington Capitals opened their 2016 Development Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday. Beyond Ilya Samsonov making his Caps debut, the day was rather uneventful, serving mostly as a warmup for a busy week ahead.
The morning session was split between forwards (white) on one rink and defense (red) on the other. There were more drills in the afternoon, none of which were too intense. It gave the the players a chance to bond and get to know each other better. (And also avoid getting caught as the first player off.)
Lucas poses with his brother Ryan. (Photo: @Capitals)
The Washington Capitals selected left-handed defenseman Lucas Johansen with their first round pick Friday night. After being introduced on stage and taking photos with Caps management, Johansen met with the NHL press for the first time. He called being drafted “the best feeling I’ve ever had.”
Lucas talked at length about his brother Ryan, a center with the Nashville Predators, during his press conference. Lucas even credited the 2015 NHL All Star Game MVP as the reason why he decided to be a defender.
This morning, many of you might have woken up to something jarring when you turned on your phone and checked Instagram. Caps’ “shy, little, cute guy” Andre Burakovsky posted a photo of himself dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for Midsummer 2016.
Let’s go ahead and zoom here.
Photo: Chris Gordon
Brett “Stretch” Leonhardt (he’s tall) has lived an eventful hockey life. Originally a producer and videographer for the Capitals’ website — and occasional Verizon Center DJ — he became known throughout the hockey world when he served as an emergency goaltender for a game in December 2008.
After Jose Theodore injured himself during a pregame skate, Stretch signed an amateur tryout agreement before the Caps faced the Ottawa Senators. Leonhardt later left DC for a job in the NHL’s war room in Toronto before coming back as Washington’s video coach in 2012. In 2013, Leonhardt, a former junior hockey and NCAA Division III goaltender, once again served as a backup, preforming his usual video editing duties during the intermissions.
Now, he’s added a notch in his storied career: wearer of absurd Barry Trotz themed socks.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby arrived in Las Vegas today to prepare for the NHL Awards where he is the odds-on favorite to win the Vezina Trophy. Holtby spent the afternoon doing
a marketing event red carpet prep, visiting John Vavartos to pick out the suit he will wear during one of the biggest moments of his career.
Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was at SAP Center Sunday to root on his San Jose Sharks. During a pre-game interview with NBCSN’s Jeremy Roenick, the noted hockey fan cursed on live TV when asked about the Sharks gameplan.
“You know what they gotta do,” Gooding Jr. said. “They gotta f*ckin’ bring it to ’em!”
Sunday night, former Capitals forward Eric Fehr won the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career as a member of the rival Pittsburgh Penguins. After a pig pile in front of Matt Murray’s net, Sidney Crosby was announced the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP by Gary Bettman. Then Crosby was presented with the Stanley Cup.
Every member of the team skated around the SAP Center ice with the championship trophy. Fehr got his opportunity with the Stanley Cup after Phil Kessel.
Photo: Puck Buddys
Saturday afternoon, Braden Holtby and his wife Brandi supported the DC LGBTQIA community and “Rocked the Rainbow” in the Capital Pride parade. The Holtbys were also joined by several members of the Capitals including PA Announcer Wes Johnson, in-game host Erin Magee, Slapshot, and the Red Rockers.
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