Author Archives: PucksAndBooks

A Sixty-something Suddenly Gliding Gracefully on Life’s Best Edge

Can a life on blades begin at 60 (63, actually)? I am here this morning to report, emphatically, that it can. Great amusement — and inspiration — arrived early in 2013 for me when my cherished sixty-three-year-old pal Michael up … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey hearts, Ice, Mike and Marleen, Morning cup-a-joe, Shinny, Shinny in Maine, Skating, Skating Maine, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

The Curious Case of Jason La Canfora’s Disappearing Tweets

There was great volume of high-pitched conversation about the Capitals taking place late last Thursday night, near the end of the Penguins’ 5-2 seal-clubbing of the Caps, and the most intriguing of it emanated from the Twitter feed of former … Continue reading

Posted in Jason LaCanfora, New media, Tarik El-Bashir, Twitter, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | 11 Comments

A Crisis of Mismanagement

If you are shocked and dismayed by where we are with hockey in Washington these days, you weren’t reading here last July. The Unexpected Rebuild, I called it. The Washington Capitals today on the ice are receiving their just due: … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Oates, Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter, Eastern Conference, Ed Frankovic, Eric McErlain, Front Office, George McPhee, hockey blogging, Japers' Rink, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Mike Ribeiro, Morning cup-a-joe, New Jersey Devils, New media, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rock the Red, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington Post, Washington the cursed hockey town | 26 Comments

In Maine, a Seal Team Six of Shinny Skates (and Skates!) Super Sunday

I haven’t a vocabulary to do justice to the charm intrinsic in the five and three-quarters minutes of the video below, passed on to me Monday by friends in Bauers I recently made up in Maine. It’s a time lapse … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey hearts, Hockey weather, OFB Outdoors, Old Time Hockey, Shinny, Shinny in Maine | 2 Comments

A House Undefended

Separate and distinct from the scoreboard verdict, there was a disquieting vibe to Super Sunday’s matinee tilt between the Penguins and Capitals. I sat down low in Verizon Center for it, and I didn’t like the vibe at all. This … Continue reading

Posted in National Hockey League, NBC, Pittsburgh Penguins, The Great Old Patrick Division, TV, Washington Capitals, Washington the cursed hockey town | 3 Comments

Inauguration Refugee: Long Weekending in Very Frozen America, for Coveted Hamstring Soreness

Over an extra long holiday weekend I watched a little bit of the start of the abbreviated NHL season, but mostly I spent it outside, in multiple layers, chasing pucks in the sumptuously crisp and frigid air of southern Maine. … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey hearts, Hockey weather, Ice, Mike and Marleen, pond hockey, Shinny | 5 Comments

Immersion in Much-Needed Magic

Against all odds, I became a bit of a seamhead this summer. In my Maryland youth I was a diehard O’s fan, for the O’s of the ’70s and ’80s and middle ’90s were run the way a team — … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Other sports, Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, Washington the would-be sports town | 2 Comments

Linemate for a Lifetime

Together we blistered slapshots from every conceivable angle, fed each other for one-timers, played games of posts with a couple of other puck pals, and just lost ourselves in the fantastic frigidness of timeless, unsupervised shinny. Continue reading

Posted in Beer league hockey, Morning cup-a-joe, Outdoor hockey, Puck Sodas, Radio, Rod Langway, Washington the hockey town | 3 Comments

The Unexpected Rebuild

“Who’s putting the puck in the net?” in D.C. next season, Greg Wyshynski wonders, while digesting the news of Alexander Semin signing with Carolina. I wonder too. Let us hope that the captain shows up in shape this fall. Or: … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Oates, Alexander Ovechkin, Dennis Wideman, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg, Front Office, George McPhee, hockey blogging, Mathieu Perreault, Media, Mike Ribeiro, Morning cup-a-joe, Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals | 20 Comments

Re. Size Matters: Have the Capitals Found Their Lucic?

Going into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft there were three principal objectives I’d hoped the Capitals would achieve beginning Friday night: Keep both no. 1 picks; draft for size; draft for right wing. Check. Check. And check. And if they … Continue reading

Posted in Dale Hunter, Filip Forsberg, Frontier justice, George McPhee, Going Big, Mike Ribeiro, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL Entry Draft, Old Time Hockey, Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments