It’s been nearly three years since Troy Brouwer played for the Washington Capitals and enjoyed the adoration of a committed fan club called the Brouwer Rangers.
If he’d forgotten about his spandex-clad fanboys, he was reminded recently during a comedy bit for his current team, the Calgary Flames. He did not seem to remember fondly.
Former Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer marched in the annual Calgary Pride Parade, Sunday. Brouwer, who proudly held up a rainbow flag during the march, was one of several Calgary Flames to participate, including Jordan Sigalet, Matt Stajan, and mascot Harvey The Hound.
The Flames organization is a huge supporter of the You Can Play project, which is dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports.
Ex-Capitals teammates Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer met in this year’s Western Conference Finals with their new teams, the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, respectively. Ward, clutch af as always, got the best of the matchup with four big goals in Games Five and Six.
In the handshake line after the Shark’s series victory, Ward and Brouwer shared a tender moment.
Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward are facing off against each in the Western Conference Finals. The members of the Caps’ 2014-15 roster are vying for an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup with their brand new teams, the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. The two friends recently described the experience as “weird” to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Tonight both players scored in Game Five in ridiculously similar fashion.
Tuesday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun published a feature on former Capitals Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward. Both players were a part of the Washington team that lost to the New York Rangers in Game Seven last season, and both players departed in the offseason. Brouwer was traded to the St. Louis Blues for TJ Oshie. Ward signed with the San Jose Sharks after the Capitals inked Justin Williams to a two-year deal.
Earlier this week, Ward and Brouwer addressed their former team’s flame-out in the second round.
Saturday night, Troy Brouwer made his grand return to Washington for the first time since he was traded to St. Louis for TJ Oshie. It has been an emotional night for Brouwer. The Caps aired a tribute video for Brouwer during the first period and the former Brouwer Pouwer leader received a standing ovation. Earlier, there were warm-ups.
Fans traveled down to the Blues’ side to hold up signs and say thank you to the former Capital, including RMNB readers Nick and Jenn Passero. The couple held up a sign that said, “My name is Troy after #36.” The parents had named their one-year-old son, Troy Nicklas, after Brouwer and current Caps center Nicklas Backstrom.
The Edmonton Oilers withstood a late rally by the St Louis Blues to win on Wednesday night, but no one really cares about that. The real story is former Capitals winger Troy Brouwer smashing former Capitals winger Matt Hendricks into the boards.
Brouwer was assessed a major and game misconduct. Hendricks, meanwhile, came back to do something typically lovely in the game’s final seconds.
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