There’s a historic blizzard about to slam Washington with snow totals that could reach up to 40 inches. That means lots of power outages, unsafe driving conditions, and general paralyzation of the east coast.
But if there’s one Capitals player that’s more pumped about the snow storm than all the others, it’s the always-smiling, child-at-heart Nate Schmidt. The St. Cloud, Minnesota-native spoke to NHL.com’s Katie Brown Thursday after the Capitals morning practice.
“I’m really excited to see some snow around here,” Schmidt said to Brown. “One, I like to see the white snow and I also like to see people’s reactions to the snow, especially here. I walked to dinner [Wednesday] night and it was like…people were like tip-toeing down the street.”
“I’m loving it,” he continued before finally finding one negative aspect of the storm. “Except my car doesn’t drive very well in this. I have rear-wheel drive. I didn’t think I’d ever need it.”
Schmidt is no stranger to snow or frigid temperatures. The yearly average annual snowfall in St Cloud is 47.2 inches and the record low is minus-43. There are usually 38 snowy days each year.
Schmidt, who played baseball, admitted he wants to get in a snowball fight with his teammates.
“I can’t wait,” he said.
The he dropped some of his snowball knowledge.
“The only thing is though, is that if it’s like 30 degrees, you can still pack it, so if it’s colder than that you can’t pack it,” Schmidt explained in very vivid detail. “It’s too fluffy. Also, the thing is, you bring a little water bottle outside and that way you can just like poke a hole in the top and squirt a little bit on it. It doesn’t freeze, it just keeps it wet. When you do that and it’s like 0 degrees then yes, then it hurts. When it comes to a snowball fight, I would say anything goes.”
Brown asked Schmidt who would be on his snowball dream team.
“I have to say the Niskannon, Osh has got a good arm,” Schmidt said. “I’m thinking Willy, he’s just so big and his arms are so long. I’m trying to think if anyone else played baseball. Beags and Holts both played baseball.”
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