On Monday, the Washington Capitals jumped head first into some messy political humor, releasing a video detailing their mascot’s summer break.
In the video, local news media including Jim Vantz and Doreen Gentzler detail Slapshot’s tumultuous summer, which included an on and off again relationship with Pennsylvania native Taylor Swift. At one point, there is video of Slapshot’s plan to build a wall around the Pennsylvania state line, playing off Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy. There’s also a clip of Slapshot passing out and being carried out of an event, reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s health scare at a 9/11 commemoration ceremony.
This morning, the NHL released a series of tweets promoting this weekend’s All-Star Game in Nashville. Each tweet included a graphic to get to know each team’s mascot. Slapshot, the Caps mascot, said his (its?) favorite country artist is Luke Bryan, which makes me wonder if Slapshot is secretly Karl Alzner, but that’s a topic for another day.
Then there was Slapshot’s favorite comfort food. Slapshot named Carolina pulled pork, and put Stormy in parentheses. Stormy is the Hurricanes mascot. Stormy says he is a pig, but he looks more like a mouse to me.
Eating another mascot is pretty hardcore answer. Is that even possible? RMNB investigates!
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.
In a new commercial for Scotiabank, we find Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot hanging out with his homies SJ Sharkie, Stinger, Carlton the Bear, Sparky the Dragon, and Fin the Whale. They are at a diner having a nice breakfast, but problems arise when the mascots have to pay for the bill. Instead of going dutch, they curiously decide to play roulette with their credit cards.
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.
Have you heard of Dogshaming? It’s the popular new tumblelog all about shaming naughty dogs for their transgressions. Georgia the fridge-raiding bulldog will be up there eventually, but for now I want to direct your attention to Willie, who nommed down on a certain feathered hockey mascot you may recognize.
Photo credit: Mark Gail
Capitals mascot Slapshot delivered the goods again this year, skating the flag onto the ice every home game without ever once tripping (which is more than Dennis Wideman or Alex Semin can say). He defied Capitals tradition by not folding under the pressure, and he did it all while wearing a 20-pound mascot head. What a pro.
On Sunday morning, the Washington Capitals and the Reston Town Center skating pavilion hosted the Mites on Ice Outdoor Classic. Some of Northern Virginia’s cutest youth hockey players from ages 4 to 7 donned Caps jerseys and played puck with some pros. There was a tournament of half-ice games, a full-ice championship game, and– from what we hear– some adorable goal celebrations.
As a bonus, the Caps also sent out alumni Alan May and Peter Bondra to give a skills demonstration, skate with fans, and sign autographs after the tournament.
I was sick with the flu and unwilling to spend the morning in the cold rain, so RMNB buds Nour H. and Lindsey N. pinched in to capture the event for me via photos. Thanks, ladies.
Prepare to have your heart-strings tugged at. The Washington Capitals participated in a public skate at the D.C. Sculpture Garden this morning. Our hero Suzanne K. was on the scene and snapped some superb pictures. If you’ve been waiting for photos of Nicky Backstrom skating hand-in-hand with adorable little girls, your wait is now over.
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