Off to their best start in four years with a 6-1-0 record, the topic of conversation in the Capitals’ locker room on Monday turned from hockey to Halloween when players debated who exhibited the best costume at a Saturday night party hosted by captain Alex Ovechkin.
Was it right wing T.J. Oshie, who arrived as a dalmation puppy on a leash held by his wife, Lauren, who was dressed as Cruella de Vil?
Was it right wing Chris Brown and his fiancé, dressed as a young Forrest Gump and his girlfriend, Jenny?
How about left wing Brooks Laich and right wing Andre Burakovsky, who showed up as Woody and Buzz Lightyear?
“I thought me and Latts were the best,” said Caps right wing Tom Wilson, who walked into Ovechkin’s house dressed as a giant volleyball (Wilson) and as Tom Hanks’ stranded, overgrown character in the movie Castaway.
“I think most of the guys have their wives do a lot of the work and Latts and I had to come up with it ourselves,” Wilson said. “He had no shirt, long beard, big wig, the castaway look.”
And how did Wilson pull off the volleyball look?
“I paper mache’d a giant exercise ball and put duct tape on it,” Wilson said with a smile.
(You can imagine how many times he heard teammates yell, “Wiilllll-son!”)
Capitals coach Barry Trotz, who gave his players two full days off after their perfect three-game road trip to Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton, says he knows his invitation didn’t get lost in the mail.
“That’s not for any coach to be at,” Trotz said with a chuckle. “They were really creative. I saw the (pictures); they’re all over the place.”
Defenseman Taylor Chorney, who voted Chris Brown’s Forrest Gump as his favorite costume, said there is nothing like having some good-natured fun to bring a team closer together at the start of a season.
“After a good road trip like that everybody’s spirits were pretty high,” Chorney said. “It was fun to get away from everything and get the wives and girlfriends there as well. We kind of let our guard down a little bit and had some fun.”