At Home with the Ovechkins: Isolating Just Like Us
Friends in Cold Places
by Maggie Marcum
3y ago
The Coronavirus is keeping everyone home, including our favorite Washington Capitals player, Alex Ovechkin and his family. They may have a bigger house than most of us; however, they still have to stock up on groceries, deal with empty shelves, and find a way to exercise and keep healthy. Nastya Ovechkina, who is pregnant with their second child, does a great job of posting about Ovi and infant Sergei on Instagram so we don’t miss a thing! The family hit up the local Harris Teeter to fill their cupboards and just like us, Nastya was surprised by the empty shelves. It looks like in the end they ..read more
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Tom Wilson Gives Us All a Reason to Smile
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by Brittney Marcum
3y ago
Happy Birthday to the one. the only Tom Wilson. He has given us the best expressions these past years and we are always looking for any occasion to share these photos! So please join us as we take a look at the years of Tom Wilson- in photo form.   ..read more
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Some normalcy in an abnormal time: Capitals Blood Drive
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by Maggie Marcum
3y ago
By Mel Abernethy Our photographer Mel did what she always does and donated blood through the Caps blood drive. We were moved to tears and gratitude by her selfless action today. I have done the Capitals blood drives since July 2015, that’s when my Dad passed away. Two days after he had passed, I did my first blood drive. I was so afraid of what came with donating blood: needles. But I got through it no problem and since then have gone to every blood drive the Caps and Inova sponsor. MedStar Capitals Iceplex donor day. Fast forward to today, March 28th, 2020 and we are smack dab in the middle ..read more
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Hockey Community Steps Up
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by Maggie Marcum
3y ago
We are hearing more and more stories about the way the national and local hockey communities are stepping up in this era of crisis. Players are posting encouraging messages. Team owners are paying arena personnel. Companies are shifting priorities. What personal stories about hockey family can you share with us!! Monumental Sports and Entertainment (owners of the Washington Capitals) has extended payment to Capital One Arena part-time workers who were scheduled to work postponed games and events through April 2020. This will include all Capitals, Wizards, and concerts set for April and they wi ..read more
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NHL Pause: Can it please be over?
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by Maggie Marcum
3y ago
March 12, 2020: the day hockey came to an abrupt end with the announcement from the commissioner that he would take a pause as the United States and Canada began to see the spread of the Coronavirus. It was maybe when many of us realized that this was serious and possibly life changing. It was only two weeks ago and yet it seems like forever. We have seen hockey go on hiatus before with the lockouts. That was about grown men who couldn’t come to agreement (where have we seen that lately). There was uncertainty then too: when would they start, how long would it take, would the game look differe ..read more
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Washington Capitals Respond to NHL Pause
Friends in Cold Places
by Maggie Marcum
3y ago
Thursday afternoon the NHL hit pause on the season. The Capitals, in line with the league, cancelled morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, a foreshadowing for what was to come. Here is what they had to say, including working on plans for season ticket holders. Today, the National Hockey League (NHL) issued a directive that all games are suspended until further notice. Accordingly, the Washington Capitals will not be playing games until the NHL determines next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. The Capitals will continue to closely monitor the health of players ..read more
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NHL Season Hits Pause Over COVID-19 Concerns
Friends in Cold Places
by Maggie Marcum
3y ago
The NHL and Monumental Sports announced on Friday they were pulling the plug on the season over growing concerns about Coronavirus. Emotions are mixed: it’s the right call for the health of players, staff and fans while disappointing at the same time as things are left unfinished. It’s been a great season for the Washington Capitals, except that little stretch of losses. It’s possible the season will resume at some point but the break could change the current trajectory for teams and individual players. We may never know if they were poised for a rebound as they entered the playoffs. We may n ..read more
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Capitals Finish Off Sharks in Dramatic OT: photos
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by Maggie Marcum
3y ago
The Caps surprised just about everyone with an incredible third period in which they tied the game. On a Sunday afternoon Lars Eller (with an assist by goaltender Braden Holtby) sealed the game with a 5-4 OT win!! Our takeaways: Evander Kane seemed unstoppable with a hat trick but that didn’t actually stop the Caps!! The Caps never gave up. Nic Dowd scored first for Caps and Jakub Vrana got on the board with a goal in the second and third period. TJ Oshie kept the Caps to move into OT. Some head shaking about Evgeny Kuznetsov’s play, or lack of. Alex Ovechkin has been team captain for 10 ..read more
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Hitting Pause for FICP
Friends in Cold Places
by Maggie Marcum
3y ago
Dear Friends, Happy 2020! Our Prediction for the year ahead?? A GR8 year of big wins lies ahead the Washington Capitals!! Unfortunately for us, we are taking a blog break. Our team has done some fantastic tweeting and posting photos on IG. However, life (meaning school and work) has made it nearly impossible for us to write. We have also felt the pressure from another blog that has greater resources to cover every tidbit of Caps news. We don’t want to just repackage what NBC Sports and other first line media outlets report. Nor do we want just to repost what Caps’ players post. We don’t think ..read more
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Captain, Meet Captain….
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by Brittney Marcum
3y ago
Saturday afternoon the Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin arrived via SUVs to walk the red carpet into Capital One Arena. The crowd roared with delight when his name was announced….and then it the crowd let out a collective “awwwww’ as Ovi stepped out with the cutest Labrador in his arms! Ovi arrives with a special new friend @CapsPup #caps pic.twitter.com/Kda7fWaPqI — FriendsinColdPlaces (@inColdPlacesDC) October 6, 2019 The Caps announced that they partnered with a New York-based firm “America’s VetDogs” to host “Captain, a 10-week-old male yellow Labrador. He will undergo basic tra ..read more
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