Thursday night, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin moved from their friendly confines up in the press box and called the Caps-Preds game from the top of section 110. The commentators got very interactive with fans.
Joe B. and Locker signed autographs and posed for photos. Locker even gave one fan a fist-bump during the live telecast.
Late in the second period, Locker even attempted to fulfill a longtime dream: operate Slashot’s t-shirt gun and fire souvenirs to fans. But like the Caps performance on the ice, the moment, for whatever ungodly reason, just fell flat.
Friday afternoon, longtime Capitals season-ticket holder Pat Sajak invited the Caps’ commentary crew to the Wheel of Fortune set in Culver City, Calfornia.
Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, and John Walton toured Stage 11 at Sony Pictures Studios. They also hung out with the show’s hosts, Sajak and Vanna White. The voices of the Caps also posted in front of the Wheel of Fortune board where the producers of the show put up the phrases of “Let’s Go Caps” and Craig Laughlin’s signature line of “Hold It Here.”
Sajak has hosted Wheel of Fortune for 36 years and earned three Emmy Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The host lives in Severna Park, Maryland, and frequents hockey games at both Verizon Center and Staples Center.
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.
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