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With the Caps back from the all-star break, a third of the roster went on team-building event on Wednesday. Justin Williams, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Philipp Grubauer, Brooks Laich, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson, and Nicklas Backstrom braved a torrential downpour to take a private tour of The White House.

I’d give you more details, but the Caps didn’t share any. That’s okay; we’ve got social media.

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Want to get the VIP treatment from the Washington Capitals? It’s easy. All you have to do is be from outside North America, have your weekend plans to attend Caps game cancelled by a historic blizzard, then randomly bump into Brooks Laich at the White House. Got it?

As unbelievable as that may sound, it’s exactly what happened to a German Caps fan named Daniel, who was in town to see the Caps take on the Ducks and Penguins but had to implement plan B when the NHL postponed the games on account of the snow.

NHL.com’s Katie Brown has the deets from Kettler this morning:

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What Caps Players Did During the DC Blizzard

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Over the last two days, the DC Blizzard dropped two feet of snow in the district and three feet in surrounding areas. The snow forced the cancellation of both Caps’ home games this weekend including tilts against the Ducks and Penguins. That leaves the Caps in a really weird stretch, where they’ll only play one game in 14 days.

Without hockey, the players spent time with their families and messing around on social media. I went ahead and documented it all.

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Jan 10, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) reacts on the bench after scoring his 500th career NHL goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

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We always knew Alex Ovechkin was gr8 on and off the ice. On Wednesday we learned more about Ovechkin the teammate.

In his weekly segment with the Sports Junkies, Brooks Laich revealed that, in a recent season, teammate Alexander Ovechkin bought every single teammate Breitling watches. (Laich couldn’t remember the exact season but said it was the season that Alex had “cleaned up with the trophies,” so it could’ve been 2007-08; when Ovi won the Rocket Richard, Art Ross, Lester B. Pearson, and Hart trophies; or 2012-13, the most recent year that he won the Richard and Hart.)

Breitling watches are not cheap. They retail anywhere from $3,000 – 9,825 each. Alex Ovechkin spent at least $90,000 on watches for his team.

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Our long national nightmare is over. Brooks Laich has finally given Michael Latta and Tom Wilson the Instagram follow-back for which they had been begging for a longlong time.

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Here’s How the Capitals Spent Their Christmas Break

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The Washington Capitals have been on Christmas Break ever since Monday’s thrilling 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

So what has everyone been up to? I’m glad you asked.

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Those meddling kids are at it again.

After Brooks Laich posted an update on his Instagram Tuesday showing him traveling back to LA for the Holiday Break, Laich’s liney Michael Latta and Laich’s former liney Tom Wilson started begging for a follow back again.

Christmas has come early, you guys.

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Teeny tiny Tom Wilson.

During the second period of Caps-Canes, Joe Beninati wished us Happy Holidays in the best way possible: by presenting photos of the Caps as adorable kids at Christmas.

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An Important Update on Brooks Laich’s Instagram Follows

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This week, amateur quadcopter pilot Brooks Laich did something on Instagram he hadn’t done since joining: he followed two accounts. Previously he had been following only fiancee Julianne Hough. So which two accounts did Brooks follow? Could it be?!

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A little old lady almost paid the ultimate price for a show of bravado between Caps forwards Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom when they raced each other up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last month.

Let me set the scene: Earlier in November, some Caps fans bid on the opportunity to tour the nation’s capital with Caps players on Segways. That tour happened on November 22 when Laich, Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, and Marcus Johansson set out to cause a ruckus while trying to avoid any career-threatening injuries.

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