Photos: Amanda Bowen
On Tuesday afternoon, the Capitals celebrated all twelve months of the year with Homeward Trails’ Animal Rescue dogs for the 2015-16 Caps Canine Calendar. Each month had its own silly theme based on a season or holiday, with the players and dogs dressed accordingly.
Here’s a quick preview: Caps roomies Tom Wilson and Michael Latta celebrated Valentine’s Day by putting roses in their mouth for February; Braden Holtby wore a sombrero and poncho for Cinco de Mayo; and Karl Alzner dressed in a skin-tight skeleton costume with his dogs for Halloween in October.
January models Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson had problems. By the time the photographer was ready for them, the puppies they were carrying fell asleep in their arms. Adorable, but improvisation was needed. The New Years theme became “falling asleep before midnight.” After two rounds of throwing balloons, the crew tried popping confetti champagne bottles that startled the two pups awake in the middle of the take. The Swedes handled it well: with many puppy kisses.
After the main sets, the photographer did sessions with the player families that wanted their own set of photos. #SquadGoals.
Prepare yourself for enormous amounts of adorable. We can’t wait to buy this calendar.
“I must nuzzle you.”
On Tuesday night, the Caps released their own video summarizing the event and we learned some of the calendar’s backstory. Carmen Brouwer and Mandy Alzner, owners of multiple cute puppies themselves, came up with the idea several years ago.
“It was just an idea we had,” Brouwer said. “We thought we could be more involved in the community. This is our third calendar. The first year we outsourced the photography, but now we have Mrs. Green and she can do the photography for us.”
The calendars will be put on sale December 2nd at the Verizon Center team store, the MSE Foundation table at section 104, and Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
I’m not sure how I missed this over the weekend, but I did and I am ashamed. During the Caps Dog Calendar shoot on Friday, several photographers, including our very own Amanda Bowen, captured Caps’ Russians Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov taking a selfie with two of the puppies. That’s great, but I never saw the actual finished product.
Kuznetsov later instagrammed the photo (#latergram), thank goodness, with the accompanying caption “very cute dog…”
Last year, Washington Capitals players wore silly props for a Dog Calendar, which raised a bunch of money for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. The Caps organization is producing the calendar again this year, and the photoshoot is being held at the Potomac Regional Overlook Park in Arlington, Virginia.
Players scheduled to attend include Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jack Hillen, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Justin Peters, Aaron Volpatti, and Joel Ward. They will will be posing with their own dogs. Braden Holtby, Michael Latta, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson will be photographed with shelter dogs and puppies.
We’ll be updating this article all day with photos. It should be a blast.
The Washington Capitals released a behind-the-scenes video on Tuesday that gives us a peak behind the curtain of the upcoming Caps Dog calendar, which benefits the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Every dollar from the sale of these keepsakes will go to making a pet’s life better, which is why on December 3rd, you will buy one when they go on sale. They’ve be available through the Capitals’ team stores at Verizon Center and Kettler, as well as online.
Because I love you guys, I have collected some of my favorite stills from the new video. If you ask me, the best pic is the one where Grabovski stares deep into that dog’s soul. Or Hula Holtby.
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