Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin conducted a very serious interview with NHL Network during Caps Casino Night. While holding a CSN-branded microphone (for some reason), Ovechkin dished on his favorite casino games as well as who is the best card player on the team.
Ovechkin was also asked how Barry Trotz was doing after being struck in the head by an errant puck Saturday night.
“He’s okay,” Ovechkin said. “He tough man so he can handle it.”
Ovechkin tried to keep a straight face, but then began giggling.
The rest of the interview is below.
Monday night at the conclusion of Sportsnet Central, popular anchor Michael Jenkins revealed why he’s been absent lately. Jenkins’ younger brother Marquis Martin passed away on November 15 at the age of 33. Marquis and his wife Cameron had their first child in May.
In a heartfelt tribute, Jenkins choked back tears as he spoke glowingly about his younger brother.
“He was just the kindest and sweetest soul you can imagine,” Jenkins said. “He went to Texas like I did. He had a fantastic sense of humor. I, honest to God, never heard him say a bad word about anyone. I wish I could say I was as admirable in my own life.”
Jenkins also gave this powerful advice.
“So, as trite as it may sound, never hesitate at any opportunity you have to tell someone how much you love them,” Jenkins said. “And that is a message that is infinitely more important than any commentary or opinion I could ever express during the show.”
Monday afternoon, Alex Ovechkin was bestowed yet another international honor. The Russian machine was named an ambassador of the 2018 World Cup being held in his home country of Russia.
The Capitals, who usually announce honors relating to their players, let Ovechkin do it himself on his Instagram page.
“I’m very proud to be Ambassador for the FIFA World Cup 2018,” Ovechkin Ovechkin wrote in English. “I really looking forward for the greatest football tournaments taking place in Russia in next two years.”
Last week I wrote about the newest NHL expansion franchise in Las Vegas announcing that their name would be the “Vegas Golden Knights” and showcasing their new team logos. I was heavily critical of their chosen main logo not even being an actual knight’s helmet and looking more like something from a “Transformers” movie or 7th century Greece.
Well folks, the team is back in the news again this week. U.S. Army officials are putting the team name under review, as the U.S. Army Parachute Team has been using the name “Golden Knights” since the 1960s.
I don’t necessarily like picking on the new kid in class, but I have a few issues with what’s going on in Vegas. Here we go.
The Capitals will host their annual Casino Night fundraiser on Tuesday night, and today the team released a list of items that will be available for auction. Included among the rather eclectic mix of memorabilia and experiences is a set of signed player-face t-shirt made famous by Charlie McManus, a.k.a “The Tee Shirt Guy.”
The set of six shirts features larger-than-life images of Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, Nate Schmidt and Justin Williams – and they’re all signed. Charlie has been sporting the shirts around Verizon Center for the last couple of seasons. You’ve probably seen his pictures pop up in person or on Twitter.
On Saturday night, the Washington Capitals played the Toronto Maple Leafs on Hockey Night In Canada. In the run-up to the game, Sportnet’s Steve Dangle took on the controversial topic of Alex Ovechkin and if Ovi’s accomplishments mean anything without a Cup.
The short answer is YES with multiple loud exclamation points.
Prepare your ear drums for some more brilliant hockey yelling from Mr. Dangle (who is amazingly wearing RMNB’s 8-bit hot stick shirt).
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During interviews with the media, General Manager Brian MacLellan has routinely fingered the 2016-17 season as the Capitals’ last season in a two-year window to win the Cup. That’s because nearly half of the team’s roster will be due new contracts. TJ Oshie, Justin Williams, Daniel Winnik, and Karl Alzner will be unrestricted free agents on July 1, while Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, and Philipp Grubauer are all restricted free agents.
With Brent Burns recently re-signing in San Jose for eight years, Karl Alzner is now set to become one of the top two defensemen on the 2017 UFA market. Nick Kypreos reported Saturday night during Hockey Night In Canada’s Headlines segment that Alzner could fetch a salary of up to $6 million per year on his next deal – a $3.2 million raise over his currently salary this season.
Saturday night, the Hershey Bears were able to jump out to a three-goal lead over the Springfield Thunderbirds on goals from Travis Boyd, Chandler Stephenson, and Christian Thomas. Thomas’ goal would tie him with Jakub Vrana for the team lead (9).
Although the Thunderbirds were able to battle back in the second, the Bears would thwart any comeback attempts as Travis Boyd would score the eventual game-winner early in the third for his second goal of the game. It came off a dynamite Vrana assist. The win was the Bears’ second over the Thunderbirds in as many nights.
Vrana and Boyd are now tied for second on the Bears in points (16). Caps prospect goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopped 16 shots for the win. The win marked Troy Mann’s 100th with the Bears.
The Washington Capitals were dominated in every facet of the game Saturday night, losing to the upstart Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. The Caps have played three games over the last four nights, but starting goaltender Braden Holtby was not interested in any excuses after the game.
“We were completely embarrassed by a young team,” Holtby said to the media. “I think we need to get to work in practice. Get in better shape. Get working harder. Realize it’s not easy just because we had success last year.”
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