24 April, 2014

Monthly Archives: July 2011

Photos from Washington Capitals Development Camp 2011

Photos from Washington Capitals Development Camp 2011

Tim Leone, Appropriately Honored

Wonderful news out of Chocolatetown today: The Patriot News‘ Tim Leone, Hershey Bears beat reporter, is the 2011 recipient of the James H. Ellery Award for outstanding contributions to the American Hockey League in the newspaper category. There can be no more deserving winner when it comes to chronicling the AHL than Leone. The Bears […]

From Sweat to Sanctuary in 30 Hours

The visiting team’s locker room at the Verizon Center is a dull one- gray, boring, and otherwise uninviting. However, it was recently transformed into temporary quarters for the Dalai Lama’s visit, according to CTV Washington.

Why Covering Development Camp Is Worth It

In some ways, attending Capitals’ development camp beats covering every other hockey event the rest of the year.

Sometimes, it’s because of camp attendees who don’t have two pixels to their names but who pleasantly surprise you, both with their play and their natural talent at answering a barrage of questions from unfamiliar journalists (let’s face it … how many 17 year olds can do that?).

Meet Your 2011-12 Red Rockers

Each season, the Washington Capitals prepare for their on-ice campaign with a renewed sense of purpose and drive. New players and returning veterans battle for roster spots, all with an eye to making that final cut and joining the team’s starting lineup.

The Red Rockers, the Caps’ spirit squad, went through a similar (if much briefer) process this past weekend. I stopped by the Washington Sports Club in Columbia Heights to catch some of the Rockers’ auditions. Roughly 100 young hopefuls came to WSC to convince the judges that they have the energy, personality, and savvy to be Red Rockers.

Joel Ward Never Has A Bad Day

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Joel Ward is his life motto.

Undrafted, college graduate, AHL veteran, the Capitals’ newly signed Ward knows the non-glamorous side to being a professional athlete. He told OFB that being a leader sometimes means stepping out of a personal comfort zone in order to get someone to listen. But then comes his life motto—”Never have a bad day”—and you understand what makes him stand out in a sports culture of NFL lockouts and hour-long sporting events dedicated to one player’s decision to change teams.

Ward told OFB he’s excited about the makeup of his new team and says it will be fun to watch guys like Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin, and Alexander Semin as teammates. And the Capitals fanbase has already made an impression on him from his time in an opposing team’s jersey. Ward described the Capitals’ fan support as unbelievable, gave a verbal stick tap to the sea of red jerseys , and talked about how he could see the passion among Capitals faithful.

Put Cancer On Ice

This is a great event for a great cause. We encourage you to attend. If you can’t attend, we encourage you to make a donation however large or small. PUT CANCER ON ICE to hold Fourth Dave Fay Charity Hockey Game and Silent Auction July 2011- Washington , DC — Put Cancer On Ice™ (PCOI) […]

Alexander Semin: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

But can you deal Alexander Semin? Practically speaking, is there any semblance of a market for this enigma?

A Flurry Of Moves in Capsville

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis hinted at big moves; GM George McPhee surely did not disappoint.

From bringing back a former team captain (something Pittsburgh was unable to do) to bidding Do svidaniya to an oft-injured netminder, Capitals fans will be seeing lots of new names in red, white, and blue. Team OFB discusses the Caps’ moves, and what might be next.