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His mother Tatyana won two Olympic gold medals in basketball for Team Russia, so Alex Ovechkin has always had a love for the sport. He’s gone to Dynamo basketball games. He’s been featured playing basketball (shirtless, of course) with his friends in his DVD. He’s even shot around with BFF Nicky Backstrom during one of Bruce Boudreau’s press conferences.

On Wednesday night, on his day off, Ovechkin took fiancee Maria Kirilenko and his new best bud in the whole wide world, Evgeny Kuznetsov, to the Wizards/Suns game at Verizon Center.

It appears they had fun.

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Seems like we’re not the only ones getting the kinks out after nineteen days off. In addition to the Caps blowing a two-goal lead to the Florida Panthers, CSN Washington’s broadcast was not exactly error free either.

First, the low camera angle caught a cotton candy guy selling his wares in the foreground instead of, ya know, hockey. And then, just a moment later, this.

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry is in the house tonight and boy is he a busy dude. After meeting with Washington Capitals Olympians Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, and Martin Erat, Kerry talked shopped with Caps coach and hockey hall of famer Adam Oates, who used to play for Kerry’s beloved Boston Bruins. Kerry also did an interview for CRL with Elliot In The Morning, accepted a Caps jersey from Majority Owner Ted Leonsis, and then dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game.

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Ted Leonsis, the Washington Capitals’ gregarious owner, is almost always at the Verizon Center for home games. Tuesday was no different, as he and his son Zach took their usual seats in the Owner’s Box.

After Mike Green‘s first-period penalty hat trick, things looked dire. …That is until Uncle Ted changed the fate of his team and the order of the universe with one decision. Like in those Bud Light commercials.

Ted wrote about it on his Monumental Network blog this morning.

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Towards the end of the first period and with the Washington Capitals down 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, Comcast SportsNet panned to the owner’s box. Ted Leonsis was was sitting there with the greatest player of all-time, Wayne Gretzky. The Great One was chatting non-stop.

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The Caps and Pens face-off in the 2011 Winter Classic. (Photo credit: Brian Babineau)

For the past few days we’ve waited with bated breath to find out what, exactly, Uncle Ted would reveal on Saturday morning at Caps Con. An outdoor game? A new retired number? Moving the team to Baltimore? Well, Friday morning news broke (via The Washington Post’s Katie Carrera) that the Washington Capitals will be hosting next year’s Winter Classic.

The Caps have been promised an outdoor game for the past few years, so this isn’t surprising. Still, it’s exciting that a big outdoor event — and there are too many of those to count these days — will finally be coming to DC, likely to Nationals Park. Ted should fill in the gaps for us on Saturday.

So, what do Caps fans think of being on hockey’s center stage?

“About damn time!” Beth Dunn exclaimed when I asked her about the news. “It was the worst kept secret ever.”

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Ted Leonsis Follows NHLPA on Twitter, Gets Sassed

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Ted shields his eyes — as he should — while walking past the Stanley Cup. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla)

When the NHL lockout ended in the early morning hours of January 6, some wondered if the fans would come back. Having endured their third work stoppage since 1994, a fair number of hockey fans insisted they wouldn’t. But, in the end, fans showed up at the rink.

Despite its delayed start, this was a successful year for the NHL and the Players Association. Despite shooting themselves in the foot, the bleeding appears to have been minimal. Wednesday’s game between the Bruins and Hawks became the most watched game one of the Stanley Cup Final since 1997.

With the CBA sorted out for the next ten years and the sport doing well, the owners and the players are starting to reconcile.

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Meet the Leonsis Puppies: Coco and Lulu

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The Capitals’ other minority owners, Coco and Lulu

Growing up, Elle Leonsis always wanted a dog. But when she asked her parents, she was rebuffed by Dad. Like 10% of Americans, Ted and son Zach are allergic to cats and dogs.

But Elle kept at it and eventually it wore down another member of the family, Mom. One day in 2005, the family’s matriarch made a unilateral decision while trying to keep everyone’s wishes in mind. When Ted and Zach came home that night was a small, barking bundle of joy waiting on the couch. Coco, the family’s first pet, was greeted with watering eyes and sneezes.

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Okay, he’s just showing off now. (Photo credit: @mpoindc)

Alex Ovechkin shot a commercial for Verizon on Wednesday afternoon, and the extras were… well, pretty much everybody who walked past Verizon Center. Our own resident artist Rachel Cohen was at the event and gave us the scoop. Ovi, dressed in his full Washington Capitals gear, walked out through the front doors of the Verizon Center holding a bundle of hockey sticks. The Russian machine approached some passersby and asked if they’d like to play some pick-up with him. And then, right there on F Street, they played. Really.

The Red Rockers came out of Verizon Center to cheer on Ovi. The PA voice of the Capitals, Wes Johnson, did play-by-play. Owner Ted Leonsis and John Walton were there as well.

The game was three-on-three. Ovi picked players out of the crowd to play every few minutes. Judging by the chatter, a little game of flash shinny with the Great Eight has changed some lives.

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In early August, Maryland-native Katie Ledecky won a gold meal at the London Summer Olympics. The 15-year-old had the second-fastest swim of all-time in the 800-meter freestyle. For RMNB readers, the best part about the victory however was the revelation that she’s one of us.

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