The Washington Capitals let Tom Wilson and Michael Latta loose on their Twitter account Tuesday night. The roommates unleashed an endless barrage of tweets, answering questions and commenting on the final episode of EPIX’s Road To The Winter Classic (EP:RttWC?).
The friends, known for their chirping, made fun of everyone and everything they came across, including themselves. Below are some of our favorites.
After the Washington Capitals concluded their first and only practice on the Winter Classic ice sheet, head coach Barry Trotz gathered his team in a semi-circle.
“They’re kicking us off the ice so we can let our families and let the people who helped us get here and the people you care about have some time on the ice,” Trotz said as the group disbanded. It was at that point dozens of friends, girlfriends, wives, and children came out onto the ice to enjoy a family skate with the Caps.
“This is Belle,” Braden Holtby said to EPIX cameras. “This is her first time on the ice.”
“Too bad you won’t remember this,” Holtby said, as he head turned to his new-born daughter. “We will.”
“It’s been a pleasure to work with your son,” Trotz said to Ovechkin’s parents, as the Russian machine translates. “I don’t know if it’s a pleasure coming back, but I know it’s a pleasure this way. I think we get along.”
“Happy New Year, health, good luck for the whole team and your family,” Ovechkin’s father responded back in Russian.
On Friday, the NHL released the Gigapixel, an insane panorama photo from the Winter Classic that allows you to zoom in to everyone in the crowd. You can even get up-close and personal with Pierre McGuire, allowing us to creep on him for a change.
I asked you to send us some screenshots of who you found in the crowd. This turned out to be a very funny exercise.
Unable to secure a photo credential for the Winter Classic from the NHL, we went on the open market to buy a ticket. Then we saw the prices (the most expensive in five years) and had a small panic attack. That is until reader Sarah Heffern reached out to us. One of her friends was sick, unable to come, and needed someone to claim the ticket. She offered it to us at a discounted price.
Because of Sarah’s generosity (read her account of the game), we now bring you these incredible photos from Amanda Bowen. She manages to capture nearly the entire experience. Below are photos from the spectator plaza, the merch area, the USO Board, and inside Nats Park. She also brings you the Brouwer Rangers, Ovie the Bulldog, that sick flyover, Kathryn Tappen, and a celebrating Troy Brouwer.
We’ve linked to the high-resolution version for each photo, so we encourage you to click on your favorites. These are truly incredible pics. The shadows and light are crazy.
Brouwer joined 106.7 The Fan’s John “Cakes” Auville, Capitals radio announcer John Walton, and a handful of listeners and fans for a “Chalk Talk” event at the radio station. The hour-long discussion touched on a wide variety of topics, including Winter Classic anticipation, the Caps’ season, new coach Barry Trotz, what Brouwer thinks the team needs to be a Cup contender, and much more.
The undisputed highlight of the night came about 15 minutes in, when Cakes beckoned Ranger Ryan to the stage to present Brouwer with our gift.
After the Winter Classic ended in dramatic fashion Thursday, Mike Greentold reporters, “We were screaming so hard in the huddle I almost passed out. I could only imagine what the fans were doing.”
Now we know, thanks to Brouwer Ranger Ryan’s helmet camera.
In an undeniably prescient move, Ryan switched on his helmet cam as Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews headed to the penalty box for hooking in the game’s final minute. He would capture a moment of pure joy just seconds later, when Troy Brouwer picked up a loose puck in the left circle, loaded it into the Brouwitzer and shot it straight at poor Corey Crawford.