As the Capitals continue to click on the ice, there is also some good news to share off of it. Capitals defenceman Dmitry Orlov and his wife Varvara Orlova are going to be parents very soon.
On Wednesday night, Orlova shared a post on Instagram saying that she was 20 weeks pregnant.
A few days later, Alexander Ovechkin's wife Nastya Ovechkina shared through her own social media videos of what appeared to be a baby shower for Orlova. Within the celebration, it was announced that the couple is expecting a baby boy in the coming months.
Just last year, Ovechkin celebrated the birth of his first son Sergei in August. Now, Orlov looks to be following a similar path. Surely Orlov and the rest of the Caps would be pleased with that recipe, as it would mean the team will be hoisting the Stanley Cup Trophy in June once again.
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As protests have taken place in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to raise the issue of racial injustice in the U.S., Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and forward Tom Wilson have mulled how to use their platforms in order to help the cause.
On Wednesday, both veteran stars released statements voicing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been in the national spotlight since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in an arrest that was captured on video May 25.
Holtby, whose wife Brandi posted a message on Twitter from both of them Tuesday, encouraged protestors to continue spreading their message and ridiculed the country’s current climate for its “injustice and hatred infused power.”
Wilson vowed to donate to the East Of The River Mutual Aid Fund and the Fort Dupont Cannons, who are based in D.C. and known to be the oldest minority hockey program in the U.S. He closed out his statement by writing, “I am contributing to these funds today, but I am committing to learn, to listen and to support going forward.”
Holtby and Wilson were the latest Capitals to weigh in on the protests after defenseman John Carlson committed to being “a part of the solution” and forward Alex Ovechkin called for everyone to “respect and love each other no matter what we look like.”
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The senseless murder of George Floyd has shed light on the racism that still exists within America. In the wake of his tragic death, there are many who want to take action but are not sure how. Brett Connolly is here to help.
The former Capitals forward tweeted out a heartfelt message on Tuesday in response to a Tweet from J.T. Brown.
Connolly then took the extra step of Tweeting out a number of ways to take tangible action against racism including organizations you can support and donate to, places you can contact and movies you can watch to learn more.
Connolly was largely a soft-spoken player in his three seasons in Washington, but he did decline an invite to the White House extended to the Capitals as Stanley Cup champions. Connolly would not go into detail on why.
Connolly left Washington as a free agent in the summer and is in his first season with the Florida Panthers.