Nearly all NHL teams have succumbed to this developing trend, which has been nicknamed by media as the “bye-week curse.” 16 of 20 NHL franchises (including the Caps) have lost their first post-bye game, posting a meek 4-12-4 record. This might explain why on Tuesday, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly discussed new changes to bye weeks that the NHL hopes to implement next season.
Last June, Braden Holtby, wearing a Rock The Rainbow Capitals shirt, marched in the Capital Pride Parade along with his wife Brandi and other members of the Caps organization.
Many fans, who were inspired by Holtby’s gesture, reached out to the Capitals online to sell the same pride shirt, wanting to show support to the local LGBTQ community too. The Capitals organization obliged ten days later and sales were brisk.
Thursday, in celebration of Hockey Is For Everyone month, the NHL, for the very first time, released pride shirts for every NHL team. Reader Jenn Rubenstein was the first to point out the Caps’ new merch item on our timeline.
The NHL is celebrating Hockey Is For Everyone month during February. On Wednesday, the league announced that it was partnering with You Can Play to create more visibility and support for the LGBTQ community. The NHL also released a list that features a player from every team who is a You Can Play ambassador. According to the NHL, each athlete named will serve as a leader in the locker room and in the community on diversity, equality, and inclusion. The players have also agreed to lead the way in their markets to fight homophobia in sports. Some of them will even be featured in local public service announcements.
On Thursday, the NHL announced that Braden Holtby will be the Capitals’ LBGTQ representative.
Wednesday afternoon, the NHL’s online shop updated the pre-filled text on their customized jersey pages and Twitter is going to love this.
I’ll let reader Sam C. explain.
Image by the Capitals
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was impressive on and off the ice in January. On Monday he was named the NHL’s first star for the month of January.
Ovi had points in 9 of 13 games and led all NHL players with 12 goals. You can relive all of those goals here on RMNB.
As we learned during the Winter Classic, any NHL footage authored by GoPro cameras is awesome. That’s why we’re happy to hear that the two companies have partnered up. Today, the NHL and GoPro simultaneously released a video showing some of the world’s best hockey players wearing the cameras and basically showing off. The footage is freaking incredible. Even the Sidney Crosby part, which is like the entire video.
Also, Alex Ovechkin‘s in it too for like two seconds. And he wags his tongue. Appropriate.
For decades, the ugly Christmas sweater has been a fashion faux pas, an ugly, handstiched gift from grandma that you felt obligated to wear on the one day out of the year you actually see her. The colors are often a garish red and green, featuring designs of reindeer, snowmen, holly, and a waving Santa sewn on it. It looks terrible. You look terrible.
The NHL is attempting to out-ugly nana this year by selling their own version of the ugly Christmas sweater. They are so hideous that they are kind of beautiful. You must own one. There is a design for most NHL teams. Three players are immortalized in wool: Jonathan Quick, Patrick Kane, and our own Alex Ovechkin.
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St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka has signed a three-year contract with the KHL’s Avangard Omsk. It’s been reported by iSport.cz and translated to Russian by Sports.ru that Sobotka has a clause in his contract that would allow him to return to the NHL during any offseason. Reports of his salary have varied: the initial report by iSport had Sobotka’s salary at $4 million per year. Andy Strickland of CBS Sports Radio St. Louis tweeted that according to his sources Sobotka will be making $4.3 million average throughout the life of the deal. Sobotka’s agent Darryl Wolski tweeted that his client will be making just $2.8 million per year.
There’s even more confusion as to whether he could return to St. Louis or any other NHL team.
Photo credit: Alex Brandon
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named NHL’s number one star of the week, beating out two goaltenders I’ve never heard of in my life.
I think you’ll agree, Ovechkin had a pretty good week. He scored two last-minute game-tying goals, had a four goal game, bloodied Brayden Schenn with a huge body check, and helped make this tremendous holiday-themed music video. Oh, wait, I’m being told that making the music video did not impact voting.
Dammit, it should have though!
The National Hockey League just released a two minute video they produced commemorating the official end of the lockout. It features cameos by Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera, and Sidney Crosby… crying. Liev Schreiber, the voice behind 24/7, also narrates. “Hockey is back,” the video claims. No, that never really left. Just you, NHL. Just you.
For whatever reason, this video feels hollow to me, but I encourage you all to watch it for yourself and come to your own conclusions.
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