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.
35 seconds into the first period, Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,000th career point in dramatic fashion. After skating the puck down the right wing, Ovechkin cut to the middle of the nice where he beat Marc-Andre Fleury clean with a snap shot.
While the goal was epic, Wes Johnson’s call of the historic tally might have been even more goosebumps inducing.
After spending several years with 106.7 The Fan, this season’s Capitals games will be broadcast over the radio on WFED 1500, Federal News Radio. We’re going from FM to AM people.
John Walton will enter his sixth season as the team’s radio play-by-play man. You can listen to a live stream of the station here.
Photo: Debora Robinson/Getty
With a few bright exceptions, there is a dearth of hockey chat on sports talk radio in the area. The Caps are aiming to change that with Caps Radio, a daily two-hour block of puck talk hosted by your boy John Walton. On Monday, our own Pat Holden guested on the program.
Yesterday, Holden discussed the Caps’ recent glut of one-goal games and what that may portend for postseason fortunes. He also hit on the value of Mike Richards and the fourth line. Audio is below. Give it a listen.
Late in overtime, the Washington Capitals had a chance to end the game when the Anaheim Ducks took a too-many-men penalty. It gave the Caps a four-on-three power play, which they frittered away 16 seconds later when TJ Oshie closed his hand on the puck.
On the live telecast, you could see Caps captain Alex Ovechkin protesting the delay of game penalty by standing directly in front of official Gord Dwyer who was trying to announce the call. Dwyer seemed testy, waving his arms around all willy nilly at Ovechkin, but it was nothing too out of the ordinary.
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
On Friday, the Washington Capitals hosted eight-year-old Lauren Santora at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Lauren, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, had one wish: to meet her favorite hockey player, Alex Ovechkin.
The Connecticuter got that and then some. After going on a Caps shopping spree and practicing with the team, Santora was asked by Ovechkin to go on a two-on-none against Braden Holtby. You’d think selfish Ovi would shoot, but instead he dished to Santora, who nailed the puck into the back of the net. It was a super sweet moment.
After publishing video of that goal yesterday, @dlj26 tweeted us to say he’d love to hear the voice of the Capitals, John Walton, call the goal. We agreed, so we asked the notoriously busy play-by-play man. He came through in the clutch.
Before he became the Caps’ radio play-by-play guy, John Walton did public announcements for the Cincinnati Reds and called three Hershey Bears Calder Cup championships. He’s already had a great career, but tonight he’s be calling the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs for NBC Sports. That’s a whole ‘nother level.
If you tuned into NBCSN, you heard the dulcet tones of @WaltonCaps telling the story of the Anaheim Ducks vs the Dallas Stars.
We needed this. With all the furor surrounding the Caps currently, Joel Ward and Jason Chimera helpfully hit the release valve by cutting an Aprils Fools video posing as Caps media men John Walton and Mike Vogel.
In a skull cap and wig, the third-line wingers hosted the pre-game Two-Man Advantage video. Ward repeated Walton’s catch phrase three or seven times, and Chimera rattled off stats in a meaningless number salad– all in an uncanny impersonation of Vogel.
This is great. Please watch it. I promise it will cheer you up.
Photo credit: Chris Gordon
I can’t get over Alex Ovechkin‘s four-goal game on Tuesday, so I took John Walton’s radio call and turned it into a ringtone. (iOS devices only, sorry.)
To put it on your iPhone/iOS device, first connect the device to iTunes. Drag the file on top of the device in the panel at left. That will send the file to the device. You’ll be able to find it under Settings / Sounds / Ringtone and Text Tone. Enjoy!
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