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.
The Swedes have narrowed the gap on Team North America. Down two goals late in the first period, the Swedes got a power play opportunity and your favorite blonde NHL center Nicklas Backstrom one-timed a rebound past John Gibson. Former Caps draft pick Filip Forsberg got the assist.
After months of waiting, the Washington Capitals have re-signed restricted free agent Dmitry Orlov to one-year contract worth $2.57 million. With Washington’s training camp beginning on Friday, the need to finalize a deal was pressing, though Orlov is currently competing for Russia at the World Cup of Hockey. A source close to the negotiations told RMNB the deal was imminent shortly before the deal was announced by the team.
With Orlov’s salary on the books, the Capitals have less than a million dollars in cap room, according to GeneralFanager.com. Orlov, 25, played in all 82 games last season, posting impressive metrics, despite being stuck on the third pairing. He missed the entire previous season with a wrist injury suffered at the World Championships. Orlov’s minutes are expected to increase this year. In August, head coach Barry Trotz said he envisioned Orlov in a top-four role playing alongside Matt Niskanen or John Carlson.
It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. Not just the start of hockey season, but the Caps Canine Calendar photoshoots are beginning. Yesterday, Tom Wilson, Leo, and Loki posed for photos, creating a triumvirate of beauty.
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and the team’s top players may still be in Toronto seeking a championship in the World Cup of Hockey, but the rest of the team will soon begin their quest for a different championship, one that comes with an unsanitary silver chalice. On Friday, the team kicks off its training camp for the upcoming NHL campaign. The team announced the full schedule and roster on Wednesday morning.
While players have been skating informally for weeks, the real action is imminent. On Thursday, players will undergo their pre-season physicals and testing. On Friday, the 2016-17 Caps will take the ice for the first time before attending their annual sit-down with reporters.
The initial roster lists 65 players which includes 38 forwards, 19 defensemen, and eight goaltenders. The roster must be trimmed to 23 players by October 11.
NHL Russia mic’d up Caps center Evgeny Kuznetsov during the Russia/North America World Cup of Hockey game and the video is a must watch.
Kuzy is revealed to be a chatty player during games, frequently talking strategy and instructing players where to go on the ice – even veteran Pavel Datsyuk.
Then there are Kuzy’s priceless interactions with on-ice officials and players. After scoring a beautiful, coast-to-coast goal, Kuzy did a flapping bird celebration and high-fived his teammates at the Team Russia bench. Kuznetsov then began yelling at an unknown North America player (possibly Mark Scheifele) skating off the ice. “HEY? SOMETHING LIKE THAT?!” Kuznetsov screams. “Something like that? Something like that?”
Kuznetsov was also asked by an official about how he likes his steak. “I like medium rare,” a smiling Kuznetsov said in English. “They don’t have baked potato in Russia.”
With Tuesday night’s loss to Canada 4-2, Team USA’s World Cup of Hockey tournament will go no further than the group stages. One of the reasons for this early departure was the fact that the team’s brass seemingly decided to go with grit over skill in regards to a few key roster decisions.
The most controversial decision was leaving Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel off the team even after he led the Penguins in both goals and points on the way to their Stanley Cup victory.
Kessel in spectacular fashion chimed in on Twitter literally moments after the final horn went off signaling the end of the road for Team USA.
Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn't put my finger on it.
— Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) September 21, 2016
Braden Holtby hasn’t played or dressed in a single game for Team Canada during group play of the World Cup of Hockey. Tuesday night, however, the Holtbeast made a huge impact from the stands.
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