Peter Laviolette had a bunch of free time in 2020. Canned by the Nashville Predators early in the year and then forced into quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, Laviolette binge-watched TV to pass the time. One of the shows that he particularly enjoyed was Netflix’s Cobra Kai – a sequel series to The Karate Kid films.
Laviolette loved the show so much that he let it inspire the Capitals’ new ridiculous postgame awards. Plural. I’ll let coach explain.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 15, 2021
Peter Laviolette: Great game. Great first win. Outstanding job. I was off for a while year so I watched every show out there. Every series out there. Best series out there was Cobra Kai. So I thought about it and I got this bandana. Right here for the most offensive player of the game tonight. That would be TJ Oshie. Where are ya, Osh?
Peter Laviolette: Turn around. I’ll tie her up for ya. You can tie the next one.
Alex Ovechkin: YEAH. NINJA! NINJA!
[Lavy ties headband tight against TJ’s head]
TJ Oshie: Jesus.
Peter Laviolette: Hold up. We’re not done here because then there’s Miyagi’s Camp. Strike first. Strike hard. Miyagi’s all about defense. So [assistant coach Kevin McCarthy] got his bandana. Go ahead.
Kevin McCarthy: We talked about before guys offense scores goals, defense wins championships here. But toughness is hard to beat. Dilly.
[Player loudly yells YES]
[Dillon and Oshie do ninja poses]
One of the creators of the show, Jon Hurwitz, was floored when he saw the Capitals’ tribute online. “Some of us at @CobraKaiSeries have a new favorite hockey team,” he wrote on Twitter.
Some of us at @CobraKaiSeries have a new favorite hockey team. Much love to the @Capitals for awarding Cobra Kai and Miyagi Do headbands to their offensive and defensive players of the game. #GoodCoaching #CobraKai #Netflix https://t.co/io5UJiwkUl
— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) January 15, 2021
Here’s the trailer of the show’s third season.
Screenshot courtesy of @Capitals/em>
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