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Tuesday night, deaf model Nyle DiMarco was crowned the Mirror Ball champion on the 22nd season of “Dancing with the Stars.” The Queens native won over viewers and judges with his mesmerizing ability to dance without hearing the music. The 27-year-old nabbed the trophy with the guidance of pro partner Peta Murgatroyd.

But let’s be honest, most of us don’t care about that.

What we do care about is former Capital Brooks Laich was in the audience in support of his fiancee, DWTS judge Julianne Hough. Laich was shown on live TV multiple times.

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Stan Galiev: 2015-16 Season Review

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Prior to the season, we looked at the fact that a player of Galiev’s age and minor-league production to date was unlikely to become a successful NHL player. Galiev did little to challenge what conventional wisdom should tell us, as his zero goals and three assists in 24 games leaves his future as an NHL player in question now as much as ever.

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Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt has done many amazing things in his life. He made the Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey team in college and was named an All-WCHA First-Team All-Star in 2012-13.

Schmidt fulfilled a lifelong dream in making the NHL, playing his first career game on October 12, 2013. Schmidt has scored a NHL goal and played in the postseason. With his high-profile gig, Schmidt even got a free Tempurpedic pillow just for being him.

But on May 11, the highlight of Nate Schmidt’s life happened. Jimmy Fallon made fun of him on The Tonight Show.

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Lucca Carlson Stepped On The Capitals Logo

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John Carlson’s adorable son Lucca unwittingly committed a hockey no-no by crawling on the Washington Capitals’ logo in their weight room at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday. “Trying to be a goalie????” wrote Papa Carlson in an Instagram post.

Like most teams, the Capitals have an unwritten rule forbidding anyone from stepping on their logo. The logo is roped off in the locker room throughout the season, but the same respect must be given during the summer – even on this slide board thing.

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Taylor Chorney: 2015-16 Season Review

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Say my name, say my name.

Actin’ kinds shady in callin’ me Titus/Tito/Theo/Thor etc

Say my name, say my name.

The name’s Chorney. Taylor Chorney. Over the last year we’ve all learned a few things about the man who this name belongs to:

  1. He’s a real person
  2. He’s an NHL player
  3. This guy we now call Chorns is a perfectly suitable seventh defenseman who can hold his own at the NHL level when called upon.

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Rest In Peace, Justin Williams’ Hair

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

When the Washington Capitals took their team photo in late March, we finally captured, in all its wild glory, Justin Williams’ beautiful and luxurious hair. Teased high into the air, Williams’ salad puffed out like Ogie Ogilthorpe’s in Slapshot.

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Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward are facing off against each in the Western Conference Finals. The members of the Caps’ 2014-15 roster are vying for an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup with their brand new teams, the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. The two friends recently described the experience as “weird” to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Tonight both players scored in Game Five in ridiculously similar fashion.

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Jason Chimera: 2015-16 Season Review

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At age 36 (he turned 37 three weeks ago) and after 14 years in the NHL, Jason Chimera just had his best season ever. Chimera scored a career-high 20 goals in 2015-16, a stellar performance that will make his likely departure from Washington this summer even more painful. But it must be done.

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Sunday at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow, the International Ice Hockey Federation inducted seven new members into its Hall Of Fame. Former Capitals forwards Peter Bondra and Sergei Fedorov were honored along with Valeri Kamenski (player), Ville Peltonen (player), Gabor Ocskay (Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award), Pat Quinn (Builder Category), Ben Smith (Builder Category), and Nikolai Ozerov (Paul Loicq Award).

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During the 2010 season, the Washington Capitals extended a tryout offer to Matt Hendricks during training camp. Not only did the Minnesota native make the team, Hendricks earned the nickname The Paralyzer for his shootout heroics and a two-year contract, cementing him as a full-time player in the league.

Hendricks moved on in 2013 to Nashville and later Edmonton, but was a beloved part of the Capitals while in the nation’s capital. That’s why on Sunday, Hendricks, the captain of the United States National Team, and former teammate Alex Ovechkin gave each other a big hug in the handshake line.

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