During warmups, Tom Wilson has several traditions. Willy Baby will exchange slashes in the tuchus with TJ Oshie near the benches. The Big Attraction will also bodycheck several of his teammates into the corner boards. The end goal is to get guys loose and ready to play.
Tiny and adorable forward Jakub Vrana has some traditions too that he shares with his former Hershey brethren. Vrana holds hands with Madison Bowey as he comes out on the ice for warmups. And now, thanks to Elizabeth Kong (@of_elk), we’ve learned of another.
Last season, Christian Djoos and Vrana began mimicking the big hit warmup tradition that the bigger boys did on the other side of the rink. The only difference is that it’s like two pieces of computer paper crashing into each other instead of two big slabs of meat.
First, here are two examples of Wilson doing his thing.
— MonumentalSportsNet (@MonSportsNet) April 15, 2017
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 17, 2016
Looks kinda violent and painful right?
Now here’s Djoos and Vrana doing their thing.
Here’s a video of that exact second photo! pic.twitter.com/FXDMngB9Od
— reilly the positive sign girl (@burakovskyeet) August 3, 2018
Yeah, this is cute. You barely hear a noise as Djoos lands the hit.
Elizabeth, a talented photographer, also documented the hits during the Capitals games she went to. They’re fantastic.
Photos: Elizabeth Kong
I don’t know about you, but this makes my day.
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