While the Washington Capitals were hosting the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center, The Flaming Lips were playing a sold-out show two miles away at the 9:30 Club. Caps fans in attendance for the show were treated to something special.
Bassist Michael Ivins, one of the founding members of the band, rocked a Capitals jersey on stage. The news was first reported by The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg.
Monday morning, the Washington Capitals announced a list of festivities as a part of their Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, March 2nd versus the New Jersey Devils. This is the 15th year that the Capitals have hosted this event. As part of the special evening, the Caps will host 500 servicemen and women and the USA Warriors hockey team will show a skills exhibition during the second intermission.
The Caps will also once again don special military-themed jerseys during warm-ups. The jerseys, along with autographed military-themed hats and pucks, will be auctioned off during the game, with the proceeds benefiting Our Military Kids and United Heroes League.
This year’s design features camouflage jerseys with American flag numbering, which pushes the level of acceptable gaudiness on a hockey jersey. The only way this design could get even more patriotic is if bald eagles holding cheeseburgers donned the shoulder patches.
Sunday night, something incredibly awkward occurred at the 89th Academy Awards.
In the spirit of Steve Harvey, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong card before announcing the night’s final award for Best Picture. La La Land was erroneously declared winner, and what resulted was catastrophically uncomfortable.
Last night, I attended my first Capitals game since 2014 with my eight-months-pregnant wife Ashley. It was very meaningful to me because it also ended up being my baby’s first game ever too. I wish all of you could have seen it kick my wife’s belly after Tom Wilson scored and the goal horn went off!
I only meant for the two of us to go to the game as fans (we bought tickets), but when the Capitals PR team found out, they insisted on credentialing us to give us both access upstairs. They also encouraged both Ashley and myself to visit before the game.
And that’s when something incredible happened.
On Sunday, Andre Burakovsky made hockey headlines when he got into a car that wasn’t his Uber. But it was where Burakovsky was going that showed his mind was still in the right place. The Swedish forward, who broke his hand days earlier, went to the Loudoun Top Golf to hang out and watch his friends drive golf balls. He will be there again next week, but this time with most of the Caps roster.
This upcoming Monday from 2-5pm, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic is hosting an event called Wish Upon A Par. For $125, you can purchase a ticket and attend the event, which includes 2.5 hours of play and unlimited food and nonalcoholic beverages. But hurry, I’m told general admission tickets are going very fast. The event also is offering a rare and semi-inexpensive way to hang out with your favorite Caps player during the event.
While The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga is already planning a parade, Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had some interesting thoughts after his team’s 6-3 loss to the Capitals.
Two nights earlier, Detroit played another Metropolitan Division superpower, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Zetterberg was asked to compare the two teams.
When TJ Oshie dented the twine 14:18 into the third period, the 30-year-old winger put the Caps up 5-3. The goal marked Oshie’s 14th career two-goal game. It also pushed the Caps to an unheard of NHL milestone.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Washington Capitals became the second team in NHL history to score five-plus goals in ten straight home games. The only team who’s done it longer is the 1970-71 Bruins (11). That Bruins team featured three Hall of Fame skaters including Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, and Johnny Bucyk. Think about that.
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.
Capitals fan Andrew Burk, who serves as the Vice President of Digital at FP1 Strategies, shared something amazing on his Twitter account Tuesday. Andrew and his fiancee Cassie were recently given access by his favorite hockey team to shoot their engagement photos at Verizon Center.
Like literally on the ice.
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