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Last year the Washington Capitals installed a display at Verizon Center honoring all the hat tricks scored at their home barn since 2008. It was a fantastic idea, especially featuring fans’ hats that had actually been thrown on the ice in celebration. The Caps expanded on that this offseason.

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Wayne Gretzky has never been a fashion icon. Now, thanks to Sears Canada, you can dress like him.

On September 9, Sears Canada announced the No 99 Wayne Gretzky Collection. It features “better casual clothing” which “will keep men looking neat, handsome, and fashionable.”

So what are these neat, handsome, and fashionable things?

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

On Monday, the Washington Capitals will play their first preseason game of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes. It will be televised on CSN Washington. No matter what the score, the Caps and Canes will experiment with the NHL’s new overtime format: five minutes of three-on-three hockey.

“Not a lot of [games] are going to go to shootouts, which is unfortunate,” TJ Oshie told The Washington Times on Sunday, smiling. “But, I think it’s going to be fun to watch.”

Over the weekend, Barry Trotz had his team go through three-on-three drills, giving the players an opportunity to get a feel for the open ice. He didn’t always use two forwards together with a defenseman.

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Sunday afternoon, injured first-line center Nicklas Backstrom traveled to FedEx Field like Tom Wilson and Michael Latta did last week, to watch the Washington Redskins take on the St. Louis Rams. After a surprisingly drama-free week out of Ashburn, the Redskins won their first game of the season, 24-10, and are now 1-1.

Backstrom went to the game with his daughter Haley, his girlfriend Liza Berg, and his new personal trainer, Andreas Öhgren, visiting from Sweden.

Öhgren is helping Backstrom train at Kettler while recovering from hip surgery. In a recent interview with, Backstrom gushed about Öhgren’s work with him.

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Day One of Caps Training Camp In Photos


Photos: Amanda Bowen

Friday was Media Day at Kettler as the Capitals opened their 2015 Training Camp. Training Camp will last until October 6, by which time the final roster should be selected.

There are three groups hitting the ice the first few days of camp, which comprises a total of 64 players. The groups will start being “adjusted” starting Sunday, September 20th. Day One was focused on drills on the Arlington Rink, and skate tests on the Capitals Rink. As the rounds of players raced back and forth across the ice, their teammates crowded the benches and behind the glass to watch and support. Jay Beagle spent time after finishing his laps to stay on the ice to encourage his teammates. Gotta love this team.

Check out the photos from #CapsCamp Day One below:

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Welcome back to #AbCity. (Photo: @liam_o_brien_)

This week, Caps rookies have been participating in a prospect tournament in Estero, Florida, along with three other NHL teams: the Florida Panthers, the Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. So far, the baby Caps have a 1-1 record, falling 2-1 against Florida Saturday and winning 5-2 Sunday against the Bolts.

Today, the prospects got a much needed day off before their final game Tuesday and spent it relaxing in the sun at Naples Beach. Liam O’Brien posted the above photo on Instagram with the caption, “We’re here for hockey.”

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Alex Ovechkin Dancing GIFs


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Alex Ovechkin got a lot accomplished in his final weekend in Russia before returning to DC. Ovi got engaged to his girlfriend Nastya Shubskaya on Friday, thanked his corporate sponsors that same night, and then played in a charity basketball game on Sunday (his final event before flying back).

In the midst all of that, Ovechkin did one thing more than any other: dance. The Russian machine became a Dance machine.

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Caps roomies/brobeans Tom Wilson and Michael Latta went to FedEx Field today to see the Redskins lose to the Dolphins. They were two of the few attendees who were wearing Redskins colors.

Wilson wore a Sean Taylor jersey. Latta showed his support for noted Caps fan, Ryan Kerrigan.

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

While the Caps rookies were playing in a prospect tournament in Florida on Saturday morning, the roster players, including new signees TJ Oshie and Justin Williams, took part in another informal skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Most of the team was present minus Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Laich (in LA for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards), Jason Chimera, Matt Niskanen, and the newly engaged Alex Ovechkin, who is expected to arrive on Monday.

The players ran their own drills and scrimmaged. Team White was buoyed by Justin William’s tiny son, Jaxon, who cheered his dad from the bench. Many Caps players took a quick liking to Jaxon as he operated as designated bench door opener for most of the game. He also kept his dad hydrated by squirting Gatorade.

Training camp doesn’t begin until Friday, but the Caps are already hard at work.

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I got a text from an unknown number on Tuesday. My phone said it was from Sweden.

“Hey, Ian,” the mysterious message read. “I saw this picture and instantly thought of you!”

Then my iPhone downloaded the photo above, which is amazing.

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