The Capitals debuted new practice jerseys at the start of training camp on Friday. Following the lead of other NHL, NFL and NBA teams, the Caps now have ads on the corner of their non-game threads. Washington announced this thrilling news in a tweet with multiple exclamation points.
Russia defeated Finland 3-0 on Thursday and advanced to the World Cup of Hockey semifinals where they’ll play Canada.
In the front row of Air Canada Center, Alex Ovechkin was rooted on by four special Caps jersey-wearing fans, two of which had to go to great lengths to make it to the game.
On January 10, Alex Ovechkin became the fifth fastest player in hockey history to hit the 500-goal plateau. In seven of his 11 seasons pro, Ovechkin has scored 50 goals or more — including a career high 65 in 2007-08. At age 31, Ovi, who has scored 50 goals three-straight seasons, trails Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal-scoring record by 369 tallies.
Does The Great Eight think he can catch The Great One?
Not a chance.
The Captials have rolled out their new banners located outside the parking garage of Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the 2016-17 season.
The banners feature both past and current players from the team including T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, Yvon Labre, Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Dale Hunter and Braden Holtby (listed as “Holtbeast”).
Team Finland and Team Russia will face off in the World Cup of Hockey on Thursday at 3:00 p.m in Toronto. Finland has already been eliminated after Team North America beat Team Sweden 4-3 in overtime with that absolutely gorgeous goal from Nathan MacKinnon, but for Patrik Laine this game will be another chance to face his idol and our treasure, Caps forward Alex Ovechkin.
On Thursday, Capitals players Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, Taylor Chorney, and Nate Schmidt debuted what appear to be the team’s shirts for this year’s training camp.
You know Barry Trotz (or someone on his staff) came up with this because they are valuing an intangible over talent. Don’t even get me started on that. It’s cool, whatever.
This Saturday, we are hosting our first ever hockey tournament at the Michael & Son Sportsplex in Rockville. The funds raised from the game will benefit the Russian Machine Never Brakes campaign to get Caps fan Ryan Ellis into the Dover Xfinity race on October 1. We already announced that the two champions of each league (recreational and advanced) will have the opportunity to raise the GR8 Missing Tooth Trophy (that Nathan spent like three weeks making).
Tonight we have some even more exciting news to share. National pizza chain Papa John’s has graciously agreed to donate one free large pizza coupon to every person who plays in our tournament. For those keeping track at home, that’s 88 free pizzas. And that’s perfect for the Papa John’s brand. Last season, Papa John’s teamed up with the Great Eight himself, Alex Ovechkin, and donated money to charity for every $8 pizza that was bought.
So now Saturday is not only a hockey party, but it’s a pizza party as well.
We still have FOUR openings left for the tournament. If you’d like to join us, you can purchase your ticket here. Our fundraiser ends Thursday so basically, sign up RIGHT now or you’re going to miss out.
Phil Kessel is in the news. Not because he’s playing in the World Cup of Hockey, but because he was left out. His tweet on Tuesday following Team USA’s 4-2 loss to Canada and subsequent elimination put a spotlight on the fact that he was left off the USA roster.
I, like most American fans, loved the tweet. I said, “You know what Phil. You’re right. You should have been there.” But the tweet itself is also further evidence why Team USA coach John Tortorella and team management decided to leave Kessel off the roster.
Nathan MacKinnon just wrapped Henrik Lundqvist’s limbs into a soft pretzel.
The 21-year-old Colorado Avalanche star scored in sudden death overtime, giving North America a hard-fought 4-3 win over Sweden in group play. After receiving the puck in the slot all alone, MacKinnon went into video game mode, deking multiple times before burying the puck home on his backhand.
You have to see this.
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