Wednesday evening, the St. Louis Blues played host to the Chicago Blackhawks and held Salute to Military Night at Scottrade Center. The Blues asked their fans to sing the national anthem before the game and it was a particularly beautiful moment. The gesture was supposed to honor the nation’s veterans, but in the end turned out to be a powerful show of unity after the country’s divisive presidential election the night before.
Tuesday, the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, took the mannequin challenge after practice and it turned out fantastic.
For those who have not been hip to the happenings of the internet for the last week, the Mannequin Challenge involves a group of people being completely still in mid-action poses often while playing a song (like “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmud). It’s taken the internet by storm. Celebrities, athletes, students and even Hillary Clinton have joined in on this viral craze.
Friday afternoon, two dozen cancer survivors filed into the Capitals locker room, taking a seat at their corresponding player’s stall. The following evening, the Caps were hosting Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Verizon Center. Each Capitals player would wear a lavender jersey with the last name of the Wish Kid they were playing for stitched on the back. The players and cancer survivors were to first meet face-to-face that Friday after the Caps finished practice.
Seven-year-old Connor Durgin, not one for following directions or the cards he’s been dealt in life, stood in the middle of the locker room with excitement.
When his player, future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin, walked in, Connor held up his sign and let out a large coo. He almost fell over.
The two hugged. Connor, grinning from ear-to-ear, only stood up to Ovechkin’s waist.
Sunday afternoon, the Washington Capitals, victors of five straight, announced that they cancelled their Monday morning practice. So that evening Caps captain Alex Ovechkin hosted a party at his Virginia home. All the Russian Capitals (including their families) dropped by along with several members of Ovechkin’s posse. Because of the postings on social media, we got a rare glimpse inside Ovi’s house where we notice Alex Ovechkin has a lot of photos of Alex Ovechkin up. Also, woah, that is a lot of Coke machines.
But what’s a party without a DJ? So Ovechkin, who recently got turntables set up at his house by Club Glow business partner Pete Kalamoutsos, invited Arty, a famous Russian record producer and DJ. According to Wikipedia, Arty has collaborated with such popular acts like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, BT, Paul van Dyk, Mat Zo, OneRepublic, and Matisse & Sadko.
The night began with some street hockey with tennis balls in what appears to be Ovechkin’s garage.
Coming back from commercial while the Caps were down 1-0 to the Florida Panthers, CSN’s Jill Sorenson conducted a short interview with a short, tough, special little girl named Addy Flint. Addy was enthusiastic about her favorite player, one Trance Jazz Oshie. The interview concluded and we returned to play.
Then TJ Oshie scored.
After Friday’s practice, Caps players — including Alex Ovechkin — met the Wish Kids they are playing for on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Judging from the photos and video on social media, Nate Schmidt definitely had the most fun.
The Human Emoji first met with seven-year-old Amanda, who is battling leukemia, at his locker stall. The two chatted and then Schmidt worked the room. It was at that point, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Jill Sorenson, noted that the magnetic Caps defenseman had become a “human jungle gym.”
Watch as several kids lay on top of him playing. It’s the best.
You guys, Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie have continued their odd pregame routine and I have the video to prove it. During warmups, Wilson will approach Oshie and whack the unstoppable shootout star in the gluteus maximus. “Just getting the boys going,” Oshie said to The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg when trying to explain the point of it. “I don’t know.” I don’t either.
Thursday night before puck drop, Wilson gave Oshie not one, not two, but three (!) butt slashes.
Caps dad TJ Oshie showed off his fatherly instincts at a recent practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. According to reader Autumn Hall, Lauren Oshie and her daughter Lyla came to watch the team’s skate along with Mandy Alzner and her daughter Stella. Towards the end of the practice, TJ skated over to the glass where the two families were sitting and something adorable happened.
The Caps Halloween Party has been a trip and now we’re three posts deep. First, we showed you most of the players’ costumes. Second, we presented you with video of rookie Zach Sanford (dressed as Dog The Bounty Hunter) singing Sweet Caroline and receiving back-up vocals from the rest of the team.
Now Alex Ovechkin just rocked the mic and did some karaoke. I’d say he sang a song, but it was more off-pitch word-yelling than anything else.
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