Travis Boyd‘s rookie season had a slow and worrying start, but the progress he made is encouraging for 2019-20.
Women’s hockey has been in a brighter spotlight in recent weeks with the inclusion of professional women’s players in the NHL’s All-Star weekend in San Jose, CA and the NWHL’s All-Star weekend in Nashville, TN. But women’s hockey has been thriving and growing in the USA at an impressive rate for a long time.
USA Hockey’s public registration numbers show a nearly five percent increase in women’s hockey in 2017-18, compared to only one percent increase in men’s. Men’s hockey still has larger numbers overall, but the difference in the rate of growth reflects a change in the broader nature of hockey in the USA.
We spoke with some Washington Capitals players about the importance of women’s hockey during the team’s “Hockey ‘n Heels” event.
On Monday evening, the Capitals held the 13th annual Hockey ‘N Heels event. The event, which is exclusive to members of the Scarlet Caps, is a special evening dedicated to the team’s female fans.
The evening featured instructional sessions from a handful of Capitals and off-ice presentations, including a question and answer session with USA gold medal-winning Olympian Haley Skarupa.
At first glance, one might think that All-Stars Braden Holtby and Hardest Shot winner John Carlson had the best vacation of all the Washington Capitals. You would be wrong.
The Capitals are returning for a Thursday morning practice ahead of a Friday night game against the Calgary Flames. Here’s what your favorite Caps players got up to during the All-Star Break and 2019 bye week!
Monday is a federal holiday in the United States honoring civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. MedStar Capitals Iceplex was filled to the brink for practice because of this. It was the Caps’ final stop in Arlington, Virginia before the All-Star Break and bye week.
After practice, a throng of Capitals fans screamed at the gate for forward Jakub Vrana to come sign autographs.
According to RMNB’s Elizabeth Kong, Vrana was about to walk into the locker room, but he stopped and stood in the doorway, considering if he should come over or not. As people kept yelling, Vrana began smiling and decided to stop by.
As he did, he made sure to tell fans why it was such a big decision.
Grab your digital bidding paddles, Capitals fans. The Better Halves are back once again, auctioning off their annual themed gift baskets. As always, the baskets include autographed Capitals memorabilia, from jerseys to commemorative Stanley Cup championship merchandise, but also a few weird and wonderful surprises.
So if you’ve ever felt a desire to own signed fishing gear from Pheonix Copley, a signed four-person tent from Matt Niskanen (you’ve got to be prepared for the desert island, after all), or even some signed salami from Jonas Siegenthaler, then this is the auction for you.
Monday afternoon, the Washington Capitals made their annual visit to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Donning their red home jerseys and Christmas-themed hats, the players interacted with children, while signing autographs and taking photos.
“It’s just about whatever [kids] want us to do,” John Carlson said to the Capitals about the annual event. “As much or as little as they want us to participate in things. Whatever we can do to bring smiles – that’s our focus.”
Travis Boyd got a nice present from captain Alex Ovechkin when Ovi set him up for his first NHL goal, but he got an even cuter present from his daughter Hayden afterward.
Kelsey DeGonda, Boyd’s girlfriend, tweeted that she and their daughter Hayden had made a deal together before the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. If Boyd scored that night, they’d bake him a chocolate cake, his favorite.
Washington’s fourth line can’t stop scoring.
Dmitrij Jaskin, Nic Dowd, and Travis Boyd combined to score in the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings, but this was no grinder goal. It’s fourth-line fancy.
13 games into his first full NHL season, Travis Boyd is averaging over a half point per game.
Saturday against the Blue Jackets, the Capitals rookie center finally scored his first NHL goal – a layup in front of the net. While the tally had no impact on who won or lost the game, everything about it was special.
The fourth-liner’s goal was assisted by Alex Ovechkin, one of the greatest players of all-time.
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