WOO NICKY WOO!

Epix, that new, weird television channel the NHL is forcing us to watch, has released a teaser trailer for its four-part Road To The Winter Classic series. The footage is like 75 percent players pumping iron, but hey, whatever, NHL. It’s something. I’m excited.

I went ahead and GIF’d literally every clip of the Caps in it. There’s something comforting and hypnotic about watching infinite weightlifting and fist-pumping.

If you sign up for Epix now, you’ll be able to watch the series. You should probably do it right now (and give the Epix people the marketing material they need to be in more homes). The series starts Tuesday, December 16th at 10 PM.

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Justin and Kate looking good in the new toques.

Last night, the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks wore Winter Classic toques promoting their outdoor match-up on January 1st. The winter hats were dead sexy, so naturally everyone wanted to buy one. Unfortunately, they were not sold anywhere.

Or so we thought. During the first period, RMNB reader @Maggles330 tipped us off that they were at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I left during intermission and found a whole rack of them at the Frederick store. Many of you had success this morning at your local Dick’s Sporting Goods around the area.

Today there’s been a lot of movement from other official Winter Classic retailers. Let’s run down the list of where you can get them now.

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The Washington Capitals-designed Winter Classic toque is everywhere tonight. Players were wearing it after practice and on the ice during warm-ups. Hell, even Joe B and Craig Laughlin were rocking them during the telecast.

Unfortunately, these toques are not currently for sale to the public (at least I don’t see them anywhere online). But I’m sure they will be available some day in the future at which point I will be buy 30.

Photos!

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Ian and I seem to like the Caps’ new Winter Classic jerseys. For me, they’re an invocation of a hockey legacy in DC– the discovery and acknowledgement that hockey has been here for awhile. It’s a synthesis of old and new. Plus I think the colors are pretty.

And while the majority of RMNB readers and commenters seem to agree, not everyone loves the new sweaters. That’s totally fine. It’s a big Internet, with room for all kinds of opinions. In the spirit of plurality, let’s share a few alternate design concepts created by and sent in by you guys. Any excuse to share your artwork, right?

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For the past year, Washington Capitals season ticket reps have been pushing guaranteed Winter Classic tickets as a main selling point of full- and partial-season plans. Last night, the team has released more information on how exactly that’s going to work.

Plan holders have been offered assigned seats, which they can take or leave. They are not able to pick their own location as has been done in previous Winter Classics. Prices range from $79 to $349 per ticket, plus $19 in fees ($9 for a service and administrative fee and $10 shipping and handling).

Here is the seating chart:

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On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals revealed their new Winter Classic sweaters. There were some on the internet that were excited and others who were like “wut iz dis?” Count me in the excited group.

The logo design, based on Washington’s professional hockey team identity in the 1930’s, took a year to get completed. The white W and the stripes are inspired by the early 20th century jerseys, while, in a modern twist, there are subtle typographic elements that hint at the Washington Monument.

It’s an innovative, smart, and bold design.

Because most of our readers want to immediately hand over their life savings to the NHL, I’ve uncovered which Winter Classic merchandise is available to be bought– like, right now. Also, at the bottom, I’ve found dates on when other merch is expected to be in stores.

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On Wednesday morning, the NHL released a two-minute long video promoting the upcoming Winter Classic in Washington DC. The gravely narrator gets us excited for the Capitals match-up with the Blackhawks on January 1.

Enjoy!

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

On a bright, sunny Tuesday at Nats Park, the Washington Capitals held their grand Winter Classic jersey reveal in front of a bunch of media and select Caps season ticket holders. Not only did Caps Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby model the new sweaters on stage (oh man, I love those ties), a bunch of other news and details about the event were released too. We learned that we will actually be able to see the all-access Winter Classic show produced by EPIX, the Russian machine’s fashion sense is still one of a kind, and the history behind the new Caps classic logo is pretty darn cool.

But the most interesting part of the day was having some of the biggest NHL personalities on the same podium modeling all this cool new stuff. Amanda Bowen, who’s had quite a busy first week with RMNB, has your photos from the event.

(Please someone get me one of those toques.)

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Your Favorite Capitals Players Will Swear on TV Again

Mike Green in the original HBO 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic series.

The NHL and HBO just couldn’t get on the same page about producing another season of 24/7 for this year’s (or next year’s, whatever) Winter Classic. No matter, the guy who pioneered the show, former HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg, is going to bring something like it to us. And he’s gonna do it on something called Epix.

Announced at today’s brouhaha at Nationals Park, which was totally inspired by Camden Yards, the as-of-yet-unnamed television series will be in four parts. We are promised cursing and stitches and all the not-totally-safe-for-kids-unless-your-kids-are-badass content we got from the HBO series, though the NHL seems to have final cut– so don’t expect any scandals.

And most importantly: it’ll be free.

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