Monthly Archives: January 2011

TPNIC: Two Point Night in Canada: Caps 4 / Ovi 3 / Holtby Stellar / Leafs 1

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Happy 110th, Mr. Zamboni

Here’s a fun piece on Frank Zamboni, born 110 years ago this week, in the inimitably cute-but-corny style of CBS’s Sunday Morning program. Continue reading

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Endless Skating

Endless Summer’ is the title of a relatively memorable American surfing culture flick from the mid-1960s. A feature-length film premised on the video below might be aptly titled ‘Endless Skating.’ A tip of the touque to our pals Andrew and Tommy, makers of the documentary Pond Hockey, for alerting us to this spectacular video shot recently in Whistler, British Columbia. These perfect skating conditions were created by a thawing rain followed by a hard freeze — or kinda just what we experienced in D.C. this week leading up to a forecast for a frigid weekend. Continue reading

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Caps Score First, Hold Lead For Win: Caps 2 / Isles 1

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Hockey’s Hardest Working Man, Not on Skates (Part 2)

After his tenure at Michigan State was complete, Ewell moved into the sport and league he had always wanted to be a part of, the NHL. The Vice President of the Washington Capitals called him and offered him a position in the Capitals’ Public Relations department. Despite finally making it to league he had always wanted to be a part of though, Ewell’s experience was not what someone would call perfect. Not only was the team one of the older ones in the league, but there were some guys Ewell thought were very tough to work with. Of every experience over his year and a half with the team, Ewell remembers one incident that encapsulated his whole time there. Continue reading

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The View from Hostility’s Hotseat

The few (very), the proud, the *very* brave — Caps’ fans attending a game in Philadelphia against the Flyers . . . while wearing their heroes’ colors. Yes, they exist. Tuesday night I saw them, spoke with them, and most … Continue reading

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Apprenticing in a Pivotal Pivot Position

In the postgame visitors’ locker room at Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night Jason Chimera approached Marcus Johansson, his linemate in overtime of the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Flyers, and patiently and supportively explained to the rookie the imperative of … Continue reading

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Back Behind Enemy Lines

I will never not root for a nuclear holocaust to strike Philadelphia first among American cities (Pittsburgh a close second), and especially all of these arenas and stadiums new and old that populate south Philly on a single, blighted looking … Continue reading

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The Hardest Working Man, Not on Skates (Part 1)

Leaning forward in his tailored brown striped suit, Nate Ewell runs through a final check of his Blackberry. His end seat in the press box is still surrounded by vacant folding chairs as the Verizon Center press box has yet to fill with members of the print, radio and television media. Ewell has climbed through the Caps media ranks and is the now the team’s Vice President of Communications. While he gets to travel with some of the biggest athletes in hockey and certainly enjoys what he does, it doesn’t mean his job is not stressful. Often times, he can be so busy he forgets to do some of the menial tasks in life, including one time forgetting to eat. Continue reading

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‘Saturday Night Caps’ Blogger Insights

This past Saturday night I joined Off Wing Opinion’s Eric McErlain, Comcast Sportsnet’s hockey blogger Ben Raby, and veteran Capitals’ radio reporter Jonathon Warner in studio for Federal News Radio’s ‘Saturday Night Caps.’ Federal News Radio is the flagship station … Continue reading

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