Sunday night, Capitals players held their annual Halloween Party at the Mari Vanna restaurant in Washington DC. The costumes were fantastic.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin slicked back his hair and put on a prisoner costume. His wife Nastya, who I’m guessing was his captor, dressed up as a police officer, potentially giving us an inside look into who truly wears the pants in that relationship. Meanwhile #CapsNeighbors Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky dressed up as stepbrothers and TJ Oshie and his wife Lauren were Mr. and Mrs Smith… with a twist.
Check out all the costumes below.
The 2015-16 Washington Capitals were terrific. They soared with a great power play, the league’s best goal-scorer, some talented young players, and the best record in the land. But the shining star of that team was the fella in net, Vezina winner Braden Holtby.
Before Tuesday’s game — a game in which Holtby’s back-up recorded his first big-league shutout– the Washington Capitals and their fans finally got to thank Holtby for a very special season.
During the World Cup of Hockey, Braden Holtby rocked a tribute mask painted to honor Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie. Earlier in the year, the Canadian icon was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal brain tumor. During the tournament, Holtby decided to auction off the mask to raise money for two of Downie’s most treasured charities.
On Tuesday, the NHLPA announced that Holtby’s mask, which he commissioned himself, raised $21,650 (or $28,380.88 if you convert the US money into Canadian dollars).
The money will benefit the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation.
“Like so many others, I have been truly inspired by the courage Gord Downie has shown, and I was very appreciative that he embraced the design of my Team Canada goalie mask,” Holtby said in the release. “I am very proud to have been a part of supporting these two important funds in Mr. Downie’s honor, and I appreciate everyone’s help in making this auction a success.”
Braden Holtby was Braden Holtbest last season. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan product became the third Capitals goaltender to win the Vezina Trophy, joining Jim Carey (1995-96) and Olie Kolzig (1999-00). Holtby also tied Martin Brodeur’s single season win record of 48.
During a pregame ceremony before Washington’s game against the Avalanche on Tuesday, Holtby will given a gift from the Capitals while all fans in attendance will receive a Holtby banner. You know what would be cooler? A brick with Holtby’s face imprinted on it.
The Washington Capitals hosted their 2016-17 regular season home opener in style Saturday with a special red carpet event. As cars provided by Lexus dropped players off on F Street, diehard Caps fans lined the entrance, hoping for a picture or an autograph with their favorite athlete.
The event started at 3:30 and was hosted by PA Announcer Wes Johnson, who served as the master of ceremonies. Johnson introduced players as they arrived while preselected fans walked the players down the red carpet. Many Caps, including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Nate Schmidt, and Andre Burakovsky, posed for selfies with fans before going inside Verizon Center.
That afternoon, RMNB had two photographers at the event, myself and the talented Katie Snyder (who you can follow on Instagram and Facebook). Snyder is one of the Redskins’ home-game photographers and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Snyder also does a lot of freelance work, including family-based portraits.
Only a few hours remain until the puck drops for the Capitals’ first game of the regular season. After their most recent second-round playoff exit, a summer of speculation ensued. The most nebulous question: How does this team
finally make a deep playoff run?
While there’s no definite answer, RMNB’s own Pat Holden, Elyse Bailey, Spenser Smallwood, and Chris Cerullo sought to answer a few questions I posed about the Caps’ chances at a Cup. See what they have to say, and, as always, feel free to argue with them in the comments.
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