Category Archives: John Walton

A Rare Elation To Savor

This morning, we know no Curse. How often have we been able to say that? To what extent does victory like last night’s serve as lasting balm overĀ the scabs and scars from so many springs, that haveĀ marred and maimed our … Continue reading

Posted in Boston Bruins, Braden Holtby, John Walton, Mike Vogel, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals | 14 Comments

Here’s Hoping

Mostly, I hope the Legend who selflessly and at no small personal sacrifice answered George McPhee’s plea back in autumn leaves the Chinatown rink this evening savoring unique triumph, as the bench leader of the crest for which he too … Continue reading

Posted in Boston Bruins, Braden Holtby, Dale Hunter, John Walton, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Washington the would-be sports town | 5 Comments

Another Famous Call from Boston

While we don’t quite wish for overtime drama involving our team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, we welcome the merry messaging it can deliver, as with Saturday evening’s game-ending call from John Walton.

Posted in AM 1500, Boston Bruins, John Walton, NHL playoffs, Radio, Sudden death hockey, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

A Grand Experiment Begins

Early Monday afternoon out at Kettler I approached a Capitals official while awaiting Dale Hunter’s first press conference as Capitals head coach, and thanked him for “the early Christmas present.” The team rep, smiling, replied, “We couldn’t stop [the gift … Continue reading

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Posted in Bruce Boudreau, Capitals' greats of the past, Dale Hunter, George McPhee, John Walton, Morning cup-a-joe, Old Time Hockey, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 8 Comments

How About a Little Audio Poetry?

Walton Bids Good Night in Western Pennsylvania

Posted in 2 Points, John Walton, Media, Pittsburgh Penguins, Radio, The Great Old Patrick Division | 3 Comments

By and Large, by Design, a Training Camp of Tranquility

The best part of the Capitals’ preseason has arrived — its conclusion. They survived a slate of seven exhibition games largely unscathed; no front-line performers ought to be missing from Saturday’s opening night here against Carolina. For a team not … Continue reading

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Impact Callup: John Walton Named Capitals’ Radio Voice

I trace my passion for puck in Washington back to the 1970s, and Ron Weber’s radio calls of Caps’ games on WTOP. Radio men in hockey back then — most particularly in this region of the world — had a … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, John Walton, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, New media, Radio, Ron Weber, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

The A’s Grueling Grind, and a Carousel of Goalies

The Hershey Bears (39-21-1-4) dropped a shootout decision in Portland, Maine, last night. Let’s just hope their bus driver is fresher than the skaters he’ll convoy through week’s end. When John Walton told me last weekend that beginning Saturday night … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Braden Holtby, Brett Leonhardt, Dmitry Orlov, Hershey Bears, Hockey roadtrips, John Walton, Prospects, Semyon Varlamov, Tim Leone | 2 Comments

Fresh Imagery from a Great Old Barn

On every visit to Hersheypark Arena, as more and more evidence of its physical decline confronts me, I find myself compelled to snap stills of its architectural charm for posterity. I don’t know how much longer we’ll have it. I … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Grand Old Hersheypark Arena, Hershey Bears, Hershey's Giant Center, John Walton, Mathieu Perreault, Old Time Hockey, Washington Capitals | 11 Comments

Tip of the Cap Back at You, Hershey

It’s a day for hearts, and for hockey hearts in D.C., one of heavy hearts, as puckheads here wonder: where is our team’s heart? Up the road a bit, in Hershey, as ever, there’s plenty of hockey heart. The Bears … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, John Walton, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments