Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov showed support to his hometown KHL team — Traktor Chelyabinsk — in a big way once again on Friday. The former KHL superstar bought shirts and posters for all 7,500 fans in attendance at the Traktor-Avangard game.
The shirts read in Russian Thanks, Chelyabinsk! When we are together, we cannot be defeated! It also included the message ALL IN! in English as well as his signature.
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 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.
The audacity of Evgeny Kuznetsov!
Tuesday, RMNB’s very own Chris Gordon got the honor of appearing on CSNMA’s Caps Media Luncheon live feed with Tarik El Bashir and Sebastian Salazar. For a small blog like us, that’s a big deal. We put on pants and everything.
While Chris was answering a question, Kuznetsov walked right in front of the camera.
Now that the Capitals have figured out their 2016-17 opening night roster, the team conducted their final photo shoots for the Caps Canine Calendar, Monday afternoon.
Caps stars Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Nicklas Backstrom dispersed across several different tourist attractions in Washington, D.C. — the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the DC War Memorial respectively — to take some adorable shots with puppies.
The calendar, which goes on sale on November 18 and benefits Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, is being photographed by Taylor Winnik, the wife of fourth-line winger, Daniel Winnik.
Elliotte Friedman released his latest 30 Thoughts column over the weekend and had an interesting bullet about Evgeny Kuznetsov.
After leading the Capitals in points during the regular season, Kuznetsov only managed a goal and an assist in 12 postseason games. Many Caps fans criticized Kuzy for disappearing during the playoffs. According to Friedman, Kuznetsov dwelled on his postseason play and the Caps loss to the Penguins. He sounded miserable over the offseason.
“We didn’t talk hockey all summer,” Kuznetsov said. “End of the day, you have to win something and you have to do it for your family. I think the whole team, we’re like a family. When I say family, I mean team. That’s the problem sometimes you can score 1,000 goals but what you got?”
Alex Ovechkin is one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history and once hit a hole in one while golfing.
Thursday, Ovechkin went to a local golf course with the rest of his Capitals teammates. After missing on his first swing and chunking a large piece of dirt out of the earth, Ovechkin channeled his inner Happy Gilmore and drove the ball to the moon.
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