Category Archives: Peter Bondra

Washington Capitals in the Wayback Machine?

Watching tonight’s Washington Capitals game, as well as their recent victory over Boston, felt eerily familiar. The Caps’ roster was relatively devoid of superstars, they fought hard, beat a better team (vs. Boston) and lost a close one to a divisional rival tonight.

Without Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green, this Capitals team is surprisingly similar to the Capitals of almost a decade ago… a hard-charging team that delighted and sometimes frustrated its fans.

How so, you ask? Read on… and while these comparisons are far from perfect, consider them food for thought: Continue reading


Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Dale Hunter, Olaf Kolzig, Peter Bondra | 10 Comments

Bonzai Delivers a Last-Minute New Years Eve Dagger!

With the Alumni Pittsburgh Penguins clinging to a 5-4 lead and with Caps’ netminder Don Beaupre pulled for a sixth attacker this morning, old no. 12 seriously dampened the New Years spirits of the hosts with an equalizer strike! “BONZAI!!!” … Continue reading

Posted in Caps-Pens Winter Classic Alumni Game, National Hockey League, Peter Bondra, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 1 Comment

Winter Classic Alumni Lines and Pairings

Can’t use any of these combos for tomorrow night’s game versus Anaheim, but this should look a lot like what Caps’ fans who travel to Pittsburgh New Years weekend could see should they take in the Caps-Pens Alumni game early … Continue reading

Posted in Alan May, Caps-Pens Winter Classic Alumni Game, Donald Brashear, Hockey Heroes, National Hockey League, Peter Bondra, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rod Langway, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 27 Comments

Reason to Arise Early in Pittsburgh on New Years Eve

Some details have emerged about a Capitals-Penguins alumni game associated with this season’s Winter Classic at Heinz Field. First, the game will be played at 9:30 a.m. New Years Eve, on an auxiliary rink set up near the football stadium. … Continue reading

Posted in Alan May, Brett Leonhardt, Mike Gartner, Peter Bondra, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 8 Comments

Hockey ‘N Heels: Flavor Saver Edition

Last night was the ever-popular Hockey ‘N Heels at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The event, which sold out in under five minutes, was attended by 250 women of all ages. Activities included on-ice demonstrations with instructions from Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Braden Holtby, and Peter Bondra. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Marcus Johansson, Peter Bondra, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments

Hockey ‘n Heels: The Next Generation

Last night, I attended Hockey ‘N Heels at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The event, by all accounts, was a huge success. When tickets went on sale in October, they were gone in half an hour. Over 300 women were in attendance. Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, Eric Fehr, Peter Bondra, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

Bonzai on Semin: Good Things Are Coming, Keep Waiting

Put Peter Bondra in the pro-Alex Semin camp. I had a chance to chat with #12 during Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Wild, and when I asked him how he’d go about coaching the enigmatic winger, how he’d address Semin’s … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, National Hockey League, NHL, Peter Bondra, Washington Capitals | Tagged , | 2 Comments

The Importance of Being a January Baby

Chris Bourque, Mathieu Perreault, and John Carlson all enjoyed standout training camps with the Washington Capitals this month. Bourque is still enjoying his. To slightly varying degrees, all three enjoyed prodigy player status early on in their hockey careers. On … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Chris Bourque, Jaromir Jagr, Mathieu Perreault, Morning cup-a-joe, Peter Bondra, Prospects, Sergei Fedorov, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments

Making Right in the Rafters on the Right Wing

Something felt very very right about the Capitals retiring Dale Hunter’s number back in March 2000, and my¬†hunch is that a similar sense of appropriateness will accompany the retiring of Mike Gartner’s no. 11 this December. The Caps announced yesterday … Continue reading

Posted in Former Coaches & Players, Mike Gartner, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL Trades, Peter Bondra, Washington Capitals | 11 Comments

Origins of a DraftGeek

For those who live with hockey residing in the soul, every day carries some manner of frozen celebration, even in the dead of summer, but some days are better refrigerated than others. For me there are three or four genuinely … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, DraftGeek, Entry Draft, Mathieu Perreault, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Peter Bondra, Prospects, TV, Washington Capitals | 13 Comments