The news has just broken that Caps GM Brian MacLellan
is the worst human being in the history of the world has traded Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for some guy name T.J. Oshie.
More like boshee if you ask us.
As you may know, we’re kinda fans of Brouwer, and we’re happy for the St. Louis Blues to be getting such a strong player and all around great guy. No, you know what, screw the St. Louis Blues and their stupid musical note logo. Congratulations on being a city best known for having an arch in it. You don’t deserve him.
Had an amazing 4 yrs in Washington. My family and I thank all the fans and the #Caps organization for everything they have done for us!
— Troy Brouwer (@TroyBrouwer36) July 2, 2015
But seriously, this sucks. It’s been so much fun to cheer for Brouwer these last three seasons (plus one when we were still Knuble’s Knights). He and Carmen have both been great sports about all the crazy stuff we do, and we were especially humbled by how enthusiastically they supported our fundraising efforts for Fort Dupont Ice Arena.
Ultimately, however, the Brouwer Rangers (like Knuble’s Knights before them) have been more about our fellow fans than about the player we cheer for. Sure, it’s fun to support a solid-but-not-quite-superstar player – with full gusto in the good times and blind loyalty in the bad. But our biggest honor is to play whatever small role we can in making hockey fandom even more fun for other fans. Whether it’s stopping for a photo during warmups, tweeting stupid stuff or meeting up at an RMNB party, our No. 1 goal has always been to be the best fellow fans we can be. We hope we’ve succeeded in that so far.
Players come and go, but this community remains. We say let’s keep creating great memories, like the ones we memorialized in this video. Thanks to all of you for making it so much fun. (And thanks for the flood of tweets and other messages of condolences. You guys are the best. And yes, we’re really ok. Until we watch this video again.)
As a post-script to all of this, a lot of you have already asked what the plan is. The truth is we don’t know. We really don’t talk about it until we have to. What we can say is that while there are a lot of changes coming up for us in real life, we’re remaining season ticket holders and simply couldn’t go back to coming to games like normal people would. What exactly that looks like remains to be seen.
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