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.
I don’t know why Chris Cooley was skating before the Washington Capitals Alumni Game Thursday. I really don’t. While out on the ice, the 250-lbs, two-time Pro Bowler made a big impact. Like, literally. He probably left an actual crater on the ice. Hope the Caps made him sign a waiver.
After skating towards the net and gently pushing the puck towards the red team’s goalie, the former tight end for Washington (sup, Rick Reilly) lost his balance, falling face-first to the ice. His head bounced. It looked painful and– joking aside– I hope he’s okay. (Also, in all honesty, my favorite TE from the mid-2000’s was Todd Heap.)
Former Capitals enforcer Kevin Kaminski then showed Cooley what an NHL body check feels like.
On September 19, 2013, In News, Photos, By Chris Gordon
Hold it here! Craig Laughlin poses after scoring a tying goal late in the third. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)
On a crisp Thursday night in Arlington, Virginia, a bunch of former Washington Capitals got together for the team’s first annual intersquad alumni game. Featuring players flying in from as far away as Sweden (Bengt Gustavsson) and Montana (Brendan Witt), the old Caps engaged in a spirited contest. In the end, team red prevailed 6-4 in the shootout.
The Caps have ramped the visibility in recent years, starting with the 2011 Winter Classic alumni game against the Penguins. Now, though, the quality of the players participating is much improved, featuring a Hall of Fame member and a few All Stars. Granted, most of the elite players are part of the team’s current coaching staff (Adam Oates, Olie Kolzig, and CalleJohansson), but Peter Bondra, Rod Langway,Yvon Labre, and even Kevin Kaminski also participated.
The Caps also came into tonight’s game a bit bruised up. They would be forced to pick themselves off the mat without early-season standouts Michal Neuvirth and Mike Green, who were nursing lower-body and upper-body injuries respectively.
So in came the recently-rehabbin’ Semyon Varlamov, Tom Poti, and a reinvigorated Russian Machine.
Nicklas Backstrom then decided to celebrate his birthday in fashion – albeit a day late – scoring in both the first and second periods. Semyon Varlamov made all the big stops when needed and our heroes dug deep and prevailed despite third period momentum-changing tallies by Sergei Samsonov and Eric Staal. Thanks to Brooks Laich, the Caps beat Carolina 3-2.LOSING STREAK OVAHHH!