The Capitals aren’t just leading the NHL in wins this season; they’re pushing for the league lead in newborns.
Center Marcus Johansson and newly acquired defenseman Mike Weber both witnessed the birth of their children on Thursday, bringing the number of players’ children to 17. Defenseman Taylor Chorney’s wife is due any day and at least two other Capitals players are anticipating the arrivals of their second children.
“It’s pretty cool,” Johansson said after receiving a resounding stick tap from players before Freiday’s practice. “It was a great day. It’s an unbelievable experience and anyone who’s been through it can say the same. It’s something I’ll never forget.
Johansson, 25, became the father of a little girl. Braden Holtby, who has two children, said he’s anxious to see how Johansson handles the inevitable lack of sleep.
“He’s a pretty sleepy guy during the day, so I don’t know how he’s going to deal with this,” Holtby said. “He’s got a wakeup call coming to him. Get your sleep on the road, that’s all I can say.”
Johansson said he slept well Thursday night, but that may change once his daughter comes home.
“The guys have all been great,” Johansson said. “A few hugs and congratulations. They’re all happy for us and that everybody’s doing fine.
The (unofficial) Capitals baby count of 17 looks like this:
Jason Chimera -2
Justin Williams – 2
Mike Weber – 2
Braden Holtby -2
Nicklas Backstrom – 1
Jay Beagle – 1
T.J. Oshie – 1
Karl Alzner - 1
Brooks Orpik -1
Matt Niskanen – 1
John Carlson -1
Evgeny Kuznetsov -1
Marcus Johansson - 1
“This is as close as you get in here with this team,” Johansson said. “We all love each other here and we’ve got each other’s backs. This is an unbelievable group of guys and it doesn’t get better than that as a group.”
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