Las Vegas General Manager George McPhee seems to be on a big game hunt in Northern Virginia. Tuesday, the team to be named later announced the hiring of Vojtech Kucera as its Director of European scouting. Kucera’s previous employer is the Washington Capitals, where he had been a European scout for 16 years, most of them under McPhee.
Two weeks ago, Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Las Vegas asked the Capitals for permission to interview Ross Mahoney, opening up the possibility that the Caps’ current assistant GM could reunite with McPhee, Mahoney’s longtime friend and mentor. 11 days later, McPhee announced the hiring of the 55-year-old McCrimmon.
Photo: Ovi’s Instagram (@aleksandrovechkinofficial)
Let’s face it, Alexander Ovechkin is having a better summer than any of us. While we’re sweating out 96 degrees and a billion percent humidity in our business-casual khakis, the Capitals’ captain is chiiiiillllliiinnng poolside in Vegas with the most random assortment of people imaginable.
And he seems to have lost his shirt.
Here’s a who’s-who of those with whom Ovechkin is hanging out with.
A year ago at this time, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was in London supporting fiancee Maria Kirilenko at Wimbledon. This year: not so much.
That’s because the engaged Ovechkin (still technically a bachelor) is in Las Vegas one week before the NHL Awards. He’s there with some of his best friends for what seems to be a party of some sort. In completely unrelated news: AskMen just named Sin City the number-one bachelor party destination.
Ovechkin has done us all a solid by incoherently chronicling his trip on Instagram. The most compelling thing he’s posted so far has been the video of him at the pool. People walk by him like he’s no big deal. Only in Vegas, I guess.
After making it into the Top 10, Miss Virginia Samantha Casey talks not about her humanitarian work, but HOCKEY!
It’s bittersweet, but we congratulate Miss Virginia USA and renowned Caps fan, Samantha Casey, for winning 2nd runner up in the Miss USA pageant tonight. Samantha had all the beauty, intelligence, and poise one expects from a champion. We Caps fans consider ourselves lucky to count her in our ranks.
(In the not-at-all unlikely case that Miss USA cannot perform her duties, the first runner up takes the crown, and Samantha will advance to Vice Miss USA. And then comes coup d’état.)
Caps fans, please voice your congratulations for Sam in the comments below. Let her know how proud we are of her. While you’re at it, check out Love 146, the group Samantha helps to raise awareness for child sex trafficking.
And if you know of any other Caps fans are doing incredible stuff, like winning a Nobel prize or winning the Tour de France, let us know. We’re here to support the fan community, and also we’re desperate for content.
Sunday night, we hope that all of you will join us in watching the Miss USA pageant live on NBC at 7pm and root hard for friend of the blog & ravenous Caps supporter, Samantha Casey. (Yes, we’ll be tweeting during it and yes, at times it should be hilarious, such as the confounding panel of celebrity judges which contains the likes of Paula Deen, Carmello Anthony and Johnny Weir. Well, at least my mom digs 2 of those 3.)
So which lovely lady will you be trying to pick out on the Las Vegas stage? Umm, this one:
OMG AWESOME!! Well since Sam left two weeks ago to get ready for the pageant, she’s managed to take some extremely gorgeous photos, stir up some controversy, mingle with a few celebrities and grab a very favorable 16 to 1 odds of winning the whole damn thing. And since like every other Caps Blog, we’re struggling for material, we’ll
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