The Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL by a country mile. All that winning breeds a happy, playful locker room. And we have another ridiculous example of this courtesy of the Capitals and radio announcer John Walton.
Wednesday after practice, Walton interviewed Jason Chimera for a Rinkside Update. Chimera’s teammates then tried their best to torpedo the interview.
Such as one player off-screen who threw tape at Chimera’s head.
Another one of Chimera’s buddies, who sounds an awful lot like Alex Ovechkin, begins singing loudly in the background.
Finally, three-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams videobombs the interview. Like he literally walks right in front the camera.
“I don’t even lose my train of thought,” Chimera joked, in reference to his teammates antics.
Walton asked what it was like to play in such a jubilant atmosphere.
“Yeah, I mean, we know how to have fun,” Chimera continued. “We don’t get mixed up between business and having fun. You say it all the time. This is the best place to be on Earth for sure. This locker room — the guys are awesome. As far as camaraderie, everyone gets along. It’s just a great group to be around, right from training staff on out. It’s a fun place to be.”
The 36-year-old winger also had good things to say about his current line-mate, Tom Wilson, who put up two points in the Caps 5-3 win over the Predators, Tuesday. Chimera believes offensively, “the sky’s the limit” for Wilson.
“He’s one of those guys who play a lot like — you know, I wanna compare him to Cam Neely,” Chimera said. “They play a lot of the physical style, who can score goals and when he gets confidence — look out. He can just run with it, for sure. Third and fourth lines are really crucial when playoff time comes along and we have to be rolling and, you know, third and fourth lines wins you games a lot of times in playoffs. You keep reminding Willy that and he’s come a long way, for sure, in his short 200 games.”
“When you’re younger, you do what you have to do [to stay in the line-up],” Chimera continued. “You fight more than you have to a lot of times just to prove that you wanna stay up. And stick up for your teammates and, you know, when you’re a young guy, you’re full of piss and vinegar every night and your emotions come in check a little bit. But as you get older, you mature a little bit. Your game evolves and you can see that with him, for sure.”
Transcription by Victoria Dravis.
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