Former Capitals and Hershey Bears defenseman Steve Oleksy had his day with the Stanley Cup, Monday. Oleksy brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Macomb, Michigan. Oleksy made stops to his hometown baseball field at L’Anse Creuse North High School and his hometown skating rink, Mount Clemens Ice Arena.
Later, Oleksy posed for a photo with the original bad boy himself, former Detroit Piston and NBA champion Rick Mahorn.
Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was at SAP Center Sunday to root on his San Jose Sharks. During a pre-game interview with NBCSN’s Jeremy Roenick, the noted hockey fan cursed on live TV when asked about the Sharks gameplan.
“You know what they gotta do,” Gooding Jr. said. “They gotta f*ckin’ bring it to ’em!”
Sunday night, former Capitals forward Eric Fehr won the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career as a member of the rival Pittsburgh Penguins. After a pig pile in front of Matt Murray’s net, Sidney Crosby was announced the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP by Gary Bettman. Then Crosby was presented with the Stanley Cup.
Every member of the team skated around the SAP Center ice with the championship trophy. Fehr got his opportunity with the Stanley Cup after Phil Kessel.
Photo: Jared Wickerham
During the summer, Eric Fehr left the organization that drafted him in 2003 for its biggest rival.
“I knew that come free agency day, when [the Penguins] came calling, I knew there was going to be, not necessarily an uproar, but I knew that Caps fans would be upset about it,” Fehr said recently to The Washington Post’s Mark Giannotto. “But at the end of the day, it was a good opportunity for me. It was a good fit, and I was excited about the team that was here having played against them for as many years as I did. Knowing how good they are, I wanted to be a part of that.”
And in the end, the move paid off. Fehr is now a Stanley Cup champion for the first time in his career. The Winkler, Manitoba native will get a championship ring and have his name immortalized on the Stanley Cup forever.
Photo: Gregory Shamus
Former Capitals Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy have just punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. They will play Joel Ward’s San Jose Sharks.
Their new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, became Eastern Conference Champions Thursday after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at CONSOL Energy Center. Bryan Rust scored both goals, including the game winner.
With Kris Letang suspended and Bryan Rust injured, the Pittsburgh Penguins have reached into the farm to fill their defensive ranks. Up comes Tom Sestito, veteran of 141 NHL games over an eight-year career, and former Capitals prospect Steve Oleksy.
Oleksy played 62 regular-season swag-filled games for the Capitals between 2013 and 2015, scoring 3 goals and 16 assists. In 2013, he added playoff games, his only postseason experience. In the summer of 2015, Oleksy was signed by the Penguins but has yet to suit up for a game.
Oleksy is a surprisingly strong depth defenseman. Relative to the rest of the 2013 Capitals, Oleksy had a positive possession swing of 1.88 percent. Sestito, on the other hand, has been a garbage fire, depressing possession by more than 8 percent in 140 NHL games for 4 different teams.
As much as I love Oleksy, I’d rather see Sestito get the sweater.
The Pittsburgh Penguins put Steve Oleksy on waivers today, and the Caps should claim him. If Taylor Chorney is the current presumptive 7th D when the regular season starts, Oleksy would be an appreciable upgrade. He’d also save the team a little cap space, as Oleksy, at $575k, is cheaper than Chorney at $700k.
The Capitals have seen a lot of fan favorites leave this summer including Mike Green, Joel Ward, and Troy Brouwer. While seeing those guys in new sweaters is definitely weird, Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy took it to the next level when they signed with rival Pittsburgh.
Like, check out Oleksy in his new Pens’ hockey pants, socks, and helmet, with his new number 65.
Lost amid the news Wednesday afternoon that longtime Caps defenseman Mike Green had signed a 3-year, $18-million contract with the Detroit Red Wings was the news that another Caps D-man, Steve Oleksy, had signed his own 1-year, $575,000 deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thank you to all the incredible people that made my 3 years in Wash & Hersh memorable but ecstatic to be part of the @penguins organization.
— Steven Oleksy (@StevenOleksy) July 1, 2015
Oleksy had been in the Capitals organization for the last three seasons, playing in 62 games (3 goals, 16 assists) for the Caps and 153 games for the AHL Hershey Bears (12 goals, 29 assists), where he served as the team’s captain since March. An under-appreciated defenseman, Oleksy made his mark as a fan favorite for his scrappy style and his personable nature. Here are just seven (that’s his minor league number!) of the many reasons we’re going to miss him.
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