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Hahahaha, Elliot (Photo: Guerin Austin)

For five years, the beautiful and talented Guerin Austin was a familiar face to Caps fans. The former Miss Nebraska was the in-game host of Capitals games at Verizon Center during the team’s greatest years. She also won three local Emmys hosting “Caps Red Line,” the Caps-produced television show that airs on the Monumental Network and NHL Network.

In 2013, Austin left the team for bigger and better things. After spending the last year doing a bunch prominent gigs, Austin has been hired by the Boston Bruins-owned media company NESN to be the team’s new rinkside reporter.

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Watch the Caps Rookie Game Against the Flyers Right Here

The game starts at 3pm. If anyone wants to GIF/GFY/VINE highlights of the game, feel free to dump them in the comments below. Let’s go Caps!

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Here’s Mitch Korn Eating Corn (Photo)

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Photo: @TheGoalieGuild

Today is Mitch Korn‘s 57th birthday (and Braden Holtby’s 25th). In honor of the occasion, here is a photo from The Goalie Guild of Korn eating corn.

Now I’ll do you one better.

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StubHub, Washington Capitals Battle for Ticket-Reselling Market

yes I am just putting this picture in here to piss off Ian lets see if he or anyone else checks the alt attribute on this

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Last week we reported about a change in Monumental’s policy for season-ticket holders. Under this new policy, ticket holders would not be able to print out their tickets until 72 hours before the event. The team stated that the policy was changed for security reasons, though some fans felt that the Caps were trying to eliminate competition on the secondary market.

Ticket-reseller websites like StubHub have cutoff windows for the delivery of resold tickets. To resell, the original owner must provide the ticket usually no less than five days before the game. With a 72-hour-window instituted by the Capitals and Wizards, reselling on StubHub was effectively made impossible. The NHL’s partner reseller, TicketExchange, was still a viable option.

Since this story broke, StubHub has changed its rules to accommodate Monumental’s new restrictions on ticket printing.

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Photo: Tyler Lapeyre

Before the Washington Capitals played the Vancouver Canucks last October, Alex Ovechkin noticed a girl standing along the boards during warm-ups. The sign she held read, “All I want 4 my 16th birthday is a puck, Ovi.” The Russian machine obliged and tossed a puck over the glass. The moment was expertly photographed by Jonathan Hayward.

We wrote about the photo. The story went viral. It was even on Buzzfeed.

“The whole thing was pretty surreal,” Tyler Lapeyre, the Vancouver girl who caught the puck, explained to me in an interview on Sunday night. “Then to see the picture show up all over Facebook and Tumblr really made the moment more special. It was like the world realized how awesome the moment was for me!”

That tiny gesture wasn’t the only kind thing Ovechkin did for the young Canadian Caps fan.

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Any excuse to get this selfie on the Internet. (Photo: @CAPLDY)

For all you Eliot Antonietti fans out there (which, let’s be honest, is all of you), I have some exciting news via @YoItsZwilly. The 6-6, 236 pound defenseman, who participated in Caps Development Camp over the summer, is in NHL15!

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Photo: Mark Bradford/Wulos

At Friday’s Rookie Camp, Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker was asked what the reception was like in Australia after he became the first countryman ever to be drafted into the NHL.

“It wasn’t as big [a deal] as I guess I was expecting,” Walker said to the media, captured by Monumental Network. “As you know, hockey’s not as big down there. I wasn’t making front pages or anything like that. But yeah, I had a couple of gigs and a couple of photoshoots.”

When asked what his weirdest photoshoot experience was, Walker dropped the single best nugget of his young career.

“I wouldn’t say the weirdest one, but the best one was the one where I got to take photos with kangaroos and koalas,” Walker said with a big smile. “That was pretty cool. They were all hoppin’ around everywhere. It was pretty good.”

[Emphasis added because kangaroos "hoppin' around everywhere "demands to be emphasized.]

I needed to know moar. I needed to see moar. I tracked down Walker’s Australian representation and begged for proof.

Prepare for some of the greatest hockey photos ever to hockey: Aussie edition.

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Photo: @alex_prewitt

Talk about adorable. Here’s Papa Holtby holding hands with the baby Holtby walking around what I can only assume is Benjamin’s future office.

Also, be sure to give Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post’s new beat writer, a follow on the twitter machine.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin hasn’t played in a single game yet, but TSN’s Darren Dreger is already criticizing him for future wrongs. Two years after completely changing positions and not complaining under Adam Oates, Dreger is worried that the Russian machine won’t “buy in” on the plans of new Caps head coach Barry Trotz.

Welcome to Hot Take Central where the temperature is always scorching.

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Birthday card by Lisa A.

С Днем Рождения to the Russian machine himself, Alexander Ovechkin. Ovi turns 29 years old on Wednesday the 17th. He’s got one year left in his twenties, so here’s hoping he can scoar moar goals within that window.

But that won’t matter until October. For now, we just want your help in wishing him a happy day. We’ve done this before; you know the drill. Make a birthday card for Ovi and post in the comments of our Happy Birthday article that will be released Wednesday at 12 AM.

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