The Washington Capitals’ Scarlet Caps group hosted their annual Hockey ‘N Heels event Thursday evening at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Each rink at KCI was transformed into three stations: broomball, face-off practice, and goaltending lessons. Nate Schmidt and Daniel Winnik handled broomball on the Capitals Rink while Brett Connolly, Craig Laughlin and Craig’s daughter Courtney joined the games on the Arlington Rink. Philipp Grubauer, Mitch Korn, and Brent Johnson showed the Scarlet members the ways of a netminder. Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Langway and a few other volunteers acted as refs to drop the puck for face-offs.
After the on-ice sessions, the fans were treated to three different chats with Chef Robert Wood, Head Coach Barry Trotz (emceed by NBC4’s Amelia Draper), and alumni Johnson, Laughlin, and Langway.
Photo: Washington Capitals
On Wednesday night, some of the best players in Capitals history (and Alan May) participated in the 2016 Caps Alumni Game to conclude Fanfest. Capitals greats Olie Kolzig, Denis Maruk, and Craig Laughlin joined fan favorites like Kevin Kaminski, and Matt Bradley, and Brent Johnson for a spirited game in front of a mostly full Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Former YoungStars Game MVP Brian Sutherby won the exhibition for Team White in a shootout.
Saturday night, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter held their 58th annual Emmy Awards at the Baltimore Marriott and several big names in the Caps media brought home some hardware.
CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Joe Beninati, who has been calling Capitals games on TV since 1994, brought home two Emmys. First, Beninati was named this area’s best sports play-by-play man.
Photo: Joe B.
The day we’ve all been waiting for has arrived.
Joe Beninati — a.k.a. the Dapper Duke, a.k.a. the Sultan of Style, a.k.a. Grand Master Fleek — is putting the Joe B. Suit of the Night™ into the clumsy, sweaty hands of Twitter.
He just threw his trademark look into the bear pit. Let us all pray he doesn’t immediately regret this decision.
Regardless of tonight’s outcome, this will be the final game CSN Washington covers this postseason. Therefore, this is the final Joe B Suit of the Night.
In case you’re wondering, Beninati brought out his A game for the telecast. He wore a handsome navy suit with a red tie, white pocket square, and a vertically striped blue dress shirt. Check out all of Joe B’s suits this season.
I hate feeling my own feels. The Caps just turned my insides to mush with this two-minute video dedicated to Bensten “Bman” Schone. As you’ll recall, Bensten is the six-year-old Caps fan who was struck by a car after accidentally sledding into the road. He’s been slowly recovering from a brain injury ever since.
Photos: Amanda Bowen
A half a dozen former Capitals players came out to the DC Hilton Garden Inn on Wednesday night to spend New Year’s Eve with fans. Caps great Olie Kolzig, Craig Laughlin, CSN analyst Alan May, former 60-goal scorer Dennis Maruk, and several others signed autographs, took photos, and even played some air hockey.
Amanda Bowen estimates that a few hundred people showed up. Below are her photos.
If you’ve got any good stories from the event, hit us up in the comments!
Bondra scores late in the game. (Photos by Chris Gordon)
This year’s NHL Winter Classic has not had much buildup. Aside from the game, there isn’t much going on. The lack of an official alumni game — which had become a tradition at Winter Classics — angered and vexed many fans. Washington cancelled this year’s Caps Convention, saying they wanted to focus on Winter Classic events and has been hyping its former players all year long, with this season being the team’s fortieth anniversary. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and Caps owner Ted Leonsis have all given competing answers as to why the event didn’t occur. Nevertheless, a group of former Caps, media members, and As Seen on TV people like NBC’s Washington Amelia Segal, took to the Nationals Park ice on Tuesday afternoon as part of an informal skate that came together in the past few weeks.
“I guess we all unfairly assumed that there would be one,” Alan May, who played in the game, said of an official alumni game, noting that Rod Langway and numerous former Blackhawks and Capitals expressed interest. “There’s nothing that can be done about it.”
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