This afternoon, Alex Ovechkin continued his annual tradition of skating with 60-plus children from the American Special Hockey Association. Before taking the ice, Ovechkin made some time to hang out with star Washington Ice Dogs player (and one-time sushi date), Ann Schaab. In an adorable moment inside the locker room, Schaab presented the Russian machine with a children’s book entitled Drop the Puck, Let’s Play Hockey written by Jayne J. Jones Beehler. The friendship between Ovechkin and Schaab inspired the character in the book named Ann.
Ann signed the book as Ovechkin cradled it open for her. I guarantee this will now become Ovi’s new most prized collectible.
Proceeds from book sales over the next two weeks will all benefit ASHA so basically you should go buy it right now.
Ovechkin has had a long-standing relationship with the American Special Hockey Association. Ovi began hosting these sessions three years ago and famously donated a Honda to the organization after the 2015 All-Star Game. Ovechkin’s charity work with ASHA has also helped massively grow the hockey league and open it to more kids. Eight new teams have been started recently. There are currently more than 60 ASHA programs in more than 54 cities throughout the United States. For his work, Ovechkin was named a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award last season.
The Jay Beagle Goodwill Tour made its way to Verizon Center Tuesday night. Days after Beags gave away and individually autographed two dozen pucks to children at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the fourth-line center struck again during warmups ahead of the Caps game against Colorado.
Beagle tossed a puck to a tiny Caps fan named London who was holding a sign that read, “I <3 83. Happy Birthday Jay Beagle.” Then, after I assume some prompting by mom, Beags literally stopped what he was doing on the ice and took a picture through the glass.
Dmitry Orlov delivered what will likely be the biggest check of the season on Matt Duchene in the first period. As Duchene cut to the middle of the ice, Orlov stepped up and knocked the Avs forward head over heels. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Craig Laughlin called the crunching bodyblow the “best hit I have seen in the booth in 25 years.
A photo sequence of the bodycheck just hit NHL.com and you have to see this.
The Washington Capitals hosted their 2016-17 regular season home opener in style Saturday with a special red carpet event. As cars provided by Lexus dropped players off on F Street, diehard Caps fans lined the entrance, hoping for a picture or an autograph with their favorite athlete.
The event started at 3:30 and was hosted by PA Announcer Wes Johnson, who served as the master of ceremonies. Johnson introduced players as they arrived while preselected fans walked the players down the red carpet. Many Caps, including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Nate Schmidt, and Andre Burakovsky, posed for selfies with fans before going inside Verizon Center.
That afternoon, RMNB had two photographers at the event, myself and the talented Katie Snyder (who you can follow on Instagram and Facebook). Snyder is one of the Redskins’ home-game photographers and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Snyder also does a lot of freelance work, including family-based portraits.
As father to a teenager with Down syndrome, Barry Trotz knows better than most what they need. Last month, the Capitals head coach delivered an emotional message about how much friendship means to special needs children and why the Capitals community should participate in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk.
This morning, hundreds of people took to the National Mall to join Nolan Trotz and the Best Buddies Capital Region chapter.
Trotz’s team, aptly named Strollin’ with Nolan, was joined by several Caps babies, Caps wives, Slapshot, and the Red Rockers.
The Washington Capitals hosted their annual Media Luncheon on Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex following practice. The media was treated to lunch before the players joined in on the afternoon reception. Interviews on camera followed, and one-on-one chats off screen filled the rest of the afternoon. Our own Chris Gordon — and Evgeny Kuznetsov — joined the CSN crew for a chat on the upcoming regular season.
Each Caps player was dressed to impress. From Alex Ovechkin in his (in)famous shiny light blue suit, to Braden Holtby, who prepared a sublime plaid two piece with a yellow pocket square. Meanwhile, we dressed like we just got out of bed.
Take a look and enjoy your fancy Caps as they met with the media following the luncheon.
On Tuesday the Capitals hosted practice prior to their annual Media Luncheon. With the season opener happening Thursday Night, and the full roster already set, this was the first practice of the season we’ve covered with a full roster attendance.
The boys were ready to work, but also were able to have some fun towards at the end of the skate. With both Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer in their respective nets, the rest of the team practiced one-on-one shootout attempts. Each miss for a shooter meant a set of pushups, and each score earned bragging rights.
Check out the boys in action at KCI to get you ready for Caps-Pens.
While Auston Matthews was making history by becoming the first NHL player to score four goals in his debut, Connor Carrick was providing more cerebral contributions to the Leafs. In the third period of Toronto’s 5-4 overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators on opening night, the former Capitals defensemen blocked a puck with his temporal bone.
In the third period in a contest against the rival Sens, Carrick got down in front of goaltender Frederik Andersen to stop a shot from center Chris Wideman to protect a 4-3 lead. It worked — sort of.
Now that the Capitals have figured out their 2016-17 opening night roster, the team conducted their final photo shoots for the Caps Canine Calendar, Monday afternoon.
Caps stars Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Nicklas Backstrom dispersed across several different tourist attractions in Washington, D.C. — the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the DC War Memorial respectively — to take some adorable shots with puppies.
The calendar, which goes on sale on November 18 and benefits Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, is being photographed by Taylor Winnik, the wife of fourth-line winger, Daniel Winnik.
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