The Washington Capitals like to keep things close to the vest, not wanting to divulge information that could give their opponents any advantage — or laughs apparently.
After the team’s practice Tuesday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, reporters worked doggedly to get the scoop of the day: a full account of the team’s annual Halloween party Monday night.
Pictures of the event were curiously limited this year, as most players’ social media accounts fell silent. Some images, however, did find their way on the Internet, including one of a person dressed in a kangaroo costume posted by Nathan Walker‘s fiancée. The following morning, Walker, the first Australian to play in the NHL, revealed that he was the giant anthropomorphic marsupial at the party.
“I think there’s only one explanation,” Walker said when asked how he came up with the idea. “I just thought it suited the party.”
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Meanwhile, Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov and wife Varvara Orlova dressed up as Beauty and the Beast.
Philipp Grubauer and his girlfriend went with an Aladdin theme.
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And, under intense questioning, one other costume was made public: Jay Beagle was Bowser from Mario Kart with his kids as other characters from the game and his wife as the finish line.
“Beags had the best costume by far, maybe the best one I’ve seen,” TJ Oshie said. “They get the top spot.”
The Beagle clan’s attire could be a reference to the 2017 playoffs during which Penguins forward Phil Kessel got into a minor verbal quarrel with the Capitals center through the media. Beagle ended the (somewhat manufactured) controversy by inviting Phil to participate in a duel.
“I don’t know, if he wants to settle it, we could always play some Mario Kart,” Beagle posited. “He knows where to find me.”
As for the rest of the players’ costumes, you’ll have to hope someone gets an itchy Instagram finger.
When asked for details about the party, Alex Ovechkin shut the questioning down.
“Can’t tell,” he said.
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