NHL players’ dogs had the best week ever: building snowpeople, fighting vacuum cleaners, and getting extra good cuddles
Here you go, world. Here. You. Go.
Here you go, world. Here. You. Go.
Nic Dowd was given the nickname “Judge Judy” by Alex Ovechkin last season.
On Friday, he received a signed photo from Judge Judy as a surprise from the Capitals organization. In response, Dowd had one of the best games of his NHL career against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Coincidence? Well, in the words of the judge, if it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true.
(So, no, I guess?)
The Washington Capitals put up consecutive terrible performances against the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers earlier in the week. So how would they respond against rival Pittsburgh, Saturday?
Like a buzzsaw, apparently.
The Capitals scored three unanswered goals to start the game, feasting on poor defense by the Penguins.
“No, don’t touch my Garny!” Troy P. hollers at the TV whenever the “bad guys” get too close to his favorite player, forward Garnet Hathaway.
Coming up with hockey commentary, saying goodnight to his carefully curated list of favorite players before bed, and listing the entire Washington Capitals lineup by jersey number would be impressive for any four-year-old–but it’s especially impressive for Troy, who has a speech delay.
When Troy went to see his pediatrician for his two-year check-up, his parents, Jenn and Nick, learned that Troy was below the developmental verbal benchmarks for his age. After another evaluation, he was diagnosed with a speech impairment, which affects his ability to verbally communicate. “There are still many sounds he can’t express and say,” Jenn wrote, “and sometimes it is difficult for him and you can tell he gets frustrated.”
Luckily, Troy has his loving parents; a support network of friends and family; dedicated and skilled speech pathologists and teachers; and a hockey community that shares Troy’s passion for the game and welcomes him with open arms.
“Hockey in our family is so much more than just a sport he plays and watches,” Jenn wrote. “We are fortunate enough that Troy found something he loves at such an early age that helps to keep him motivated to continually help him reach new goals in his communication.”
Against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, Garnet Hathaway scored his first goal at home since October 18, meaning his goal song was cued up at Capital One Arena for the very first time. The fourth-line grinder chose the pop hit What Is Love, performed by Haddaway and made famous by Saturday Night Live.
“I just thought it would be a fun, uplifting song,” Hathaway said to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir. “And, you know, Haddaway, Hathaway, that was the kicker.”
Brenden Dillon was traded to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday for two draft picks. And there’s one teammate he already knows, uh, quite intimately.
In 2018, Dillon, as a member of the San Jose Sharks, fought Garnet Hathaway, then of the Calgary Flames. And you guys, it was an angry bout with lots and lots of face-punches.
The Washington Capitals held an optional skate on Friday. After practice, Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway dressed to the nines for a very up-close-and-personal photoshoot.
RMNB’s Elizabeth Kong posted the photos on Twitter.
As part of a league wide initiative, the Washington Capitals will be hosting Hockey Talks night on January 16th at Capital One Arena, in partnership with MedStar Health, to raise awareness and help end the stigma around mental health.
Other teams around the NHL that have pledged to take part or hosted their own Hockey Talks night are the Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and the Ottawa Senators.
As the Capitals host the New Jersey Devils tonight, fans will be able to find activations related to mental health, including PSAs and an AFSP informational table on the 200-level concourse.
The Washington Capitals’ matchup against the Tampa Bay Lighting Friday is the team’s final home game before the Christmas holiday. So the team went all out.
Captain, the team’s dog, looked pawsitively jolly, nailing the Kris Kringle vibe with a red Santa suit and hat. Meanwhile, many of the Caps’ players wore ugly holiday suits.
These photos and videos were the adorable result.
Garnet Hathaway was behind one of the grossest plays of the hockey season, but time heals all wounds. Also wound-healing: Garnet’s papa John Hathaway.
The elder Hathaway, whose blonde locks and beard make him look like a cross between Jerry Garcia and Santa Claus, is especially in touch with his emotions. And during the first intermission, Papa Hathaway waxed poetic about just how special being on this Mentors’ Trip with his son was.
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