Capitals

Quick Links

Capitals hire former Olympian Haley Skarupa as hockey ambassador

Capitals hire former Olympian Haley Skarupa as hockey ambassador

Monday morning, the Capitals announced that Rockville, Md. native and Olympic gold medalist Haley Skarupa will spearhead their youth hockey efforts as the team's hockey ambassador.

Skarupa most recently played for the Boston Pride in the NWHL, and is currently part of the PWHPA and #ForTheGame movement, where she recently played against the San Jose Sharks alumni in an exhibition game.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Capitals organization,” Skarupa said in a press release. “I grew up playing hockey in the area, so this opportunity to come back and develop the game around the region is incredibly special. The Capitals have done such an amazing job growing this sport for boys and girls and I’m excited to use my experience and background to continue making a difference in the community and beyond.” 

In her role as hockey ambassador, Skarupa will enhance the Caps' current youth hockey programming, establish women's and girls programming within the organization and will drive growth across the current youth hockey offerings. 

The Caps will celebrate IIHF Girls Hockey Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 5, with two free Washington Capitals Girls Hockey Clinics for girls ages 8-18 at MedStar Capitals IcePlex hosted by Skarupa.

“Her talent on the ice and her dedication to engaging participants in the sport make her a terrific role model for aspiring athletes,"  said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder, Chairman, Principal Partner and CEO, Ted Leonsis. "Over the past several years, we have seen a tremendous increase in youth hockey participation across the area and we believe her addition will continue to spur growth among young participants.”

According to USA Hockey, since Alex Ovechkin was drafted, participation by youth players has skyrocketed in the DC Metro Area by 221%, and now includes 22,144 players, coaches and officials. 

MORE CAPITALS NEWS:

Quick Links

How to vote your favorite Capitals players into the 2020 All-Star Game

How to vote your favorite Capitals players into the 2020 All-Star Game

Well, it's almost another election year. Practice getting to the ballots by submitting your NHL 2020 All-Star game votes to send your favorite Capitals to San Jose. 

Washington sits atop the Metropolitan Division through stellar play from players like T.J. Oshie, Braden Holtby, John Carlson, and Alex Ovechkin - all of whom are featured on the league's official ballot. 

Click here to VOTE for your favorite Capitals. 

Those four players are listed as the primary options to represent the division on Jan. 26, but fans can scroll down and type other names in like Evgeny Kuznetsov too. Fans can also vote through the NHL app

Last season, Alex Ovechkin was selected as the Metropolitan representative by fans in the all-new voting format. He ended up taking the game off due to rest and got a one-game suspension as a result. 

He's played in the all-star game seven times, missing the event on three occasions. 

If fans want to select a less glamorous all-star captain, then Carlson could be an excellent option. He's had a terrific season for a defender, leading the Caps in points with 43 (11 G, 33 A), which is good for sixth on the league's leaderboards. That's 10 points more than Ovechkin. 

Holtby has had another solid season in net despite constant pressure from his No. 2, Ilya Samsonov. Oshie's balanced 22 points (11 G, 11 A) puts him in contention as one of Washington's fan favorite's, but look for Jakub Vrana to garner some votes to thanks to his prolific scoring season, notching 15 dazzling goals already. 

It's the fourth consecutive year fans can vote for the division captains, the remaining all-stars are selected by the NHL Operations Department. Following the format introduced in 2016, there will be 44 all-stars in total - six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies for four teams for each division. Competing for the $1 million prize, the three-game, 3-on-3 tournament format will emphasize pace and offense to give an exciting style of play for the fans. 

All-star voting closes Sunday, Dec. 23. 

MORE CAPITALS NEWS:

Quick Links

Capitals, Devils Backbone unveil winning 'Capit-Ale' beer logo, featuring Capitol dome hop

capitale_logo.jpg
Washington Capitals

Capitals, Devils Backbone unveil winning 'Capit-Ale' beer logo, featuring Capitol dome hop

Ever seen the Capitol building in the shape of a hop? Well, now you *can!

The Washington Capitals and Devils Backbone Brewing Company have unveiled the winning design of the 'Capit-Ale' beer can design contest. Springfield, Va. resident Cole Hogan's design, featuring a hop in place of the Capitol building, other notable D.C. monuments including the Washington Monument and, of course, the Capitals' logo, was selected as the winner. 

Fans can purchase Hogan's winning design of DBB's 'Capit-Ale' at Capital One Arena in early 2020 and around the D.M.V. at select locations.

DBB has created other D.C.-sports-inspired beers, such as the Nationals' 'Earned Run Ale' in limited edition, World Series-themed cans.

MORE CAPITALS NEWS: