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.
On Thursday, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov posted videos from a Capitals recent golf outing on social media. After chunking a large piece of earth out of ground, Ovechkin hit the golf ball a mile and celebrated like he just won the Stanley Cup. After a miracle putt from the green, Evgeny Kuznetsov did the same.
Friday, Nate Schmidt joined Mike Vogel for the team’s Rinkside Update and talked about how that team-building event went.
“Real good, our team ended up winning. We were the ‘four man scramble’ myself, TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, and Christian Thomas.” Schmidt said with a smile. “It was a lot of fun.”
Schmidt also talked about his preparation for the upcoming season, how it feels to be back with the same seven defensemen, and how he loves just chillin’ with the guys.
I have a full transcription below.
For those of you who buy the Caps’ Dog Calendar year after year, we have some great news. The Caps just announced the date when they will be available.
On Friday, November 18 during the Caps/Red Wings game, the organization will put up a limited number of calendars up for sale at the MSE Foundation table located at Section 104 on the main concourse of the Verizon Center.
The Capitals also released a few photos already taken for the calendar.
Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt had a goal and an assist in his preseason debut against the Islanders, Saturday. Most notably, Schmidt was aggressive, joining the Caps’ offensive attack whenever he could.
The preseason is a great time for the coaching staff to experiment and try new things – like the team’s decision to shift center Zach Sanford to the wing. So usually it’s not wise to read much into the team’s strategy, especially early in the preseason.
Except in this case where we should totally read into what we’re seeing.
The Capitals’ popular Casino Night fundraiser is back for 2016 and tickets are now available, the team announced today in a press release.
The 2016 Casino Night will take place Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. Tickets are on sale now: $250 for MVP tickets gets you food, beverages, access to the casino floor, live and silence auctions, and a raffle; $450 for VIP tickets gets you into an hourlong reception with the whole team before the event officially kicks off.
All the funds raised will benefit MSE Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Washington Capitals.
On Saturday, September 17th a large contingent of the Caps organization took over the new Nando’s PERi-PERi in Arlington to help benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The players that participated included Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Stanislav Galiev, Nate Schmidt, and Tom Wilson. Additional members that helped out were Caps alumnus Paul Mulvey, PA Announcer Wes Johnson, the Red Rockers, Slapshot, Elliot In The Morning, and CSN’s Caps analysts Craig Laughlin and Courtney Laughlin.
It sure looks like everyone had a great time.
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