Carl Hagelin arrived in Washington, DC by way of the LA Kings after spending parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh. After all those changes, one Capitals fan went above and beyond to make sure Hagelin “felt at home” in Washington.
On Friday, Miranda brought a sign to Capital One Arena that celebrates Hagelin’s goal-scoring–and his golden flow.
“It’s the beauty of a $6 weave and lots of wood glue,” Miranda said of her latest creation.
“I wanted to make him laugh with the sign,” Miranda said, “and I thought, ‘why not get real extra with his hair?'” When yellow plastic Easter grass proved too difficult to work with, she went to a beauty supply store “and asked them for their blondest, cheapest weave.”
For Tuesday night’s match-up against the Hurricanes, she brought the sign again and wore matching hair in solidarity.
Miranda attributes her desire to make players feel welcome to her hospitality background. “Making people feel welcome and happy to be where they are is my job,” she said, and now it’s become her hobby as well.
“I think also seeing the reactions of the guys to my other signs pushed me,” Miranda said. “They really seem to appreciate it. Without knowing it, they’ve made me so happy over the years. I wanted to return the favor.”
The signs started out as collages because “I can’t draw to save my life, so I have to find other ways to get my ideas across. Mostly they look like middle school science project posters. I’ve made other signs, but they were all collages. The next step up seemed like mixed media!”
She’s made a plethora of signs so far, the first of which was celebrating Tom Wilson’s return from suspension.
Brooks Orpik’s 1000th game.
Devante Smith-Pelly’s playoff success.
Welcoming Jay Beagle back.
Welcoming Philipp Grubauer back.
But none have been as popular as the Hagelin sign, which Miranda attributes to “all that hair and glitter.”
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