25 April, 2014

Category Archives: Hockey Heroes

American Icon: U.S. Thrashes Canada in WJC Medal Round Play

If you awoke real early this morning to follow semifinal play at the World Juniors, you were rewarded — another magical moment for American hockey: A trouncing of Canada by the Red, White and Blue, 5-1! And yes, it was every bit that decisive. This celebration moment courtesy of the USA Hockey Twitter feed:  

Let There Be Well-Aged Rock

The Holy Triumvirate of rock came to town on Sunday evening, and hockey sweater weather made for a memorable evening for yet another memorable set.  

The Tree of ’98 Bears More Leadership Fruit: Adam Oates Now Coaches the Caps

Outside of his winning the Stanley Cup, it’s difficult to fathom a figure in hockey ever enjoying a day a rival to Adam Oates’ yesterday. The “lesser” of his feats Tuesday was earning his first-ever head coaching job, for the team he once captained, in Washington. That word arrived around mid-day yesterday, and a couple […]

A Hockey Bar Is a Great Place To Meet a Hockey Legend

In Bugsy’s Sunday afternoon three Marines in their dress blues knew exactly who Dale Hunter was two tables over, and the coach knew exactly who they were. Coach Johnson, too, seated with his new boss, greeted the soldiers with warm respect and gratitude. I enjoyed being a witness to the moment. I enjoyed greatly seeing […]

In an Autumn of Challenge, I’m Counting Special Blessings This Thanksgiving

I thought I knew what a really bad clock was — the one that counted down the Capitals’ demise in game 7 here against the Pens a couple of springs back. Not a terrific reckoning of time to be sure that night. But no way that moment in time had anything on the really bad […]

Killer Chronicle: A Weekend of Fun On and Off the Ice in D.C.

Probably about two  months ago, reading something on this blog, I first learned of the first-ever Capitals Alumni game. I fly into town this week to participate, and I’ve been looking forward to Friday night pretty much all summer. As soon as I learned about the game I knew that wanted to come right away, […]

A Slice of Canada in Our Own Backyard

Wednesday night I was not only treated to an absolutely amazing hockey game between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, but I got to experience it in a place that lives and breathes hockey. To be honest I am almost reluctant to reveal this secluded spot just outside the District, but many puckheads already […]

Washington’s Greatest Fatigue

It’s the only morning that Metro’s tolerable: the a.m. after a Capitals’ triumph in extended sudden death overtime, and the early shifters among the D.C. workforce who followed it all are snoozing from too early a summoning alarm clock. But they’re oh so proudly attired in the afterglow of high-stakes triumph. It probably is most […]

A Bad Break

Standing in a security line at Reagan National before boarding a business flight to Chicago this morning, I retrieved voicemail from my father I’d ignored by some hours. Bad move, that. Dad was skating his weekly game with the GeriHatricks out in Laurel. Nearing 70, he’s a bit of an elder statesman in the skate, […]

When Word of a Miracle Arrives on the Seas

[OFB note: Last February 22, on the 30th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, we received an amazing note from a reader and patriot and serviceman, detailing an astounding narrative about how word of sports' greatest moment was received by some men and women in uniform, far, far away from the continental U.S., back in […]