Category Archives: Shinny

The Matty Diaries, Part I: Quest for a Reunion with Outdoor Hockey

[OFB note: We first learned of Mathieu Perreault’s deep-rooted love affair with playing hockey outdoors when we interviewed him after an outdoor Hershey Bears’ practice last season. Other Capitals share his passion for sure, but few find themselves in Matty’s … Continue reading

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A Look for Shinny

Prior to their game against Pittsburgh last night the Capitals got into the fashion spirit of playing hockey outdoors by taking warmups in Winter Classic touques. Our camera honed in on Mathieu Perreault in particular, as the young center — … Continue reading

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The Caps and Christmas Past

I wanted to know what Christmas mornings meant to the Caps in their youth, and specifically how much of a role their respective enthusiasm for hockey played in their requests of Santa, so I went around the locker room at … Continue reading

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Global un-Warming on the Potomac

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My Inner Viking, Roused by the Arrival of Mr. Deep Freeze

The mercury must fall below 20 before I entertain any notion of donning a touque, and gloves (a real rarity) — my inner Viking won’t have it otherwise. We aren’t there yet this week, though Washington’s air early this a.m. … Continue reading

Posted in Morning cup-a-joe, Outdoor hockey, Puck Sodas, Shinny, Washington the hockey town | 4 Comments

A Classic Access Surprise

I’ve got to be honest — for the past five or six months, it’s almost hurt more than excited me to talk about the 2011 Winter Classic. I knew chances were that the team that got me to fall in … Continue reading

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Debut of the Ewell Cup

There were actually two sets of fierce competition out of the ice at KCI yesterday. The Duchesne Cup was decided during Tuesday’s lunch hour, but that was followed by the main event: the inaugural Ewell Cup, named for the host … Continue reading

Posted in Comcast SportsNet, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Nate Ewell, Shinny, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

Where Brooks Laich Gets Reminded About Hockey History, Roots

It’s rare that hockey players answer questions in poetry, not prose.

But sometimes you get lucky. I asked Brooks Laich on Thursday to name the coolest place he’s ever visited that’s associated with hockey history. It could be anything – a rink, a bar reminiscent of Toe Blake’s Tavern, the place where Wayne Gretzky lost his baby teeth . . . and he began waxing poetic for me. Continue reading

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Discovery Above 12,000 Feet Elevation: The Beautiful Blue Who Should Be Skated

I have seen hockey’s Heaven on Earth, just barely on Earth, and it’s a basin-oasis of blue in a barren land of rugged granite gray nestled within a glacier at about 14,000 feet of Rocky Mountain elevation. It’s too striking … Continue reading

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Snapshots of a Blogger’s Season, 2009-10

[Hockey season’s over. Herewith, 25 of my favorite, most personal moments covering hockey in Washington during the 2009-10 campaign, relayed in no particular order.] (25) Not one, not two, but three blizzards buried Washington in the heart of hockey season. … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Bruce Boudreau, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, John Carlson, John Walton, Lisa Hillary, Mathieu Perreault, Media, National Hockey League, OFB Interviews, Shinny, Tara Wheeler, Tim Leone, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments