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Keep the championship party going with commemorative Capitals whiskey, moonshine

Keep the championship party going with commemorative Capitals whiskey, moonshine

It is sadly no longer 2018, the year the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup championship for the first time in franchise history.

However, that doesn’t mean you need to stop drinking like a champion. If we’ve learned anything about the Capitals, it’s that the team and its diehard fanbase loves to party for extended periods of time.

You can now order a limited edition bottle of Capitals whiskey or moonshine to commemorate the team’s victorious Stanley Cup run for $59.99 or $54.99 respectively, plus shipping.

Palmetto Distillery, founded by brothers and businessmen Trey and Bryan Boggs, produces South Carolina’s first legal moonshine, according to their website. They sell their whiskey and moonshine online through their store, Liquid Blackjack.

Capital One Arena sits 522 miles from Palmetto Distillery. However, the distillery became an official sponsor of the Capitals (and Wizards) last January. In a thick southern drawl, Trey Boggs explains their ties to the D.C. 

Through friends, the Boggs were introduced to late Washington venture capitalist Melvyn Estrin, who bought Palmetto’s moonshine. 

Before passing, Estrin - "probably one of the most successful people I’ve ever looked square in the eye" - invited the brothers to his D.C. home and was fascinated by their legal moonshine production.

"The only thing that separates us from the real bootleggers is the taxes," Boggs said. 

It was through Estrin that Palmetto Distillery was able to start selling in D.C. and opening doors to Capitol One Arena. 

"I can’t say enough nice things about the entire [Monumental Sports and Entertainment] organization up there," Boggs said. "Through the upper execs… they know the housekeeping on a first name basis. It’s incredible people, and they’ve just treated us like family ourselves."

Palmetto currently distributes through Capital Eagle, an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler. 

They currently do not ship to Maryland, but they can send your order to D.C., Virgina or West Virginia unless you are in one of 129 dry zip codes in West Virginia. 

This release follows their limited edition Wizards whiskey, which is still available for purchase. The bottle honors the Wizards’ postseason efforts.

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Newest Caps defenseman Radko Gudas happy for a fresh start in D.C.

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Newest Caps defenseman Radko Gudas happy for a fresh start in D.C.

Radko Gudas was surprised, but also relieved. A different year in Philadelphia, where everything seemed to go wrong for the Flyers, is behind him now. He plays for the Capitals now. 

 

“I was a little bit shocked to be honest,” Gudas said in a conference call on Tuesday. “But when I heard where I'm going, I was pretty happy that I got traded to a team that's well known for their winning and their will to win every game they play.”

 

It capped a whirlwind few days for the 29-year-old, a polarizing figure in the sport along the lines of Washington forward Tom Wilson. Gudas has been suspended four times by the NHL Department of Player Safety. To say he plays the game on the edge is an understatement.

 

“Staying on right line of suspensions: It's always tough lately in the hockey these last few years,” Gudas said. “I worked on it in the summer and I thought I adjusted the game enough to still be able to play physical, just not be a liability out there for my team. It's always something hard to adjust, but we still have to do it. It's our job.”

 

In the midst of a rough year for Philadelphia that saw a coach firing and a late playoff surge fall short, Gudas took advantage of increased ice time – and cut his penalty minutes to 63 from a high of 116 when he joined the Flyers four years earlier. He will never be a big offensive threat, but he’s figured out how to suppress shots and play a reliable defensive game.

 

At a friend’s wedding in the Czech Republic on Friday when he got the news, Gudas received messages from his new teammates and wasn’t even sure who, exactly, of the Capitals coaches he spoke with. There was a lot going on. But he’s excited to play “for a well oiled machine” like Washington, which has its 2018 Stanley Cup and has won the Metropolitan Division four years in a row. 

 

Gudas knows fellow Washington defenseman Michal Kempny, 29, well. The two men were born just three months apart in 1990 and were teammates on the World Juniors under-18 Czech Republic team in 2008. They reconnected in 2017 for the Czech Republics’ entry in the IIHF World Championships. Jakub Vrana, 23, is a third Czech on one of the NHL’s most diverse rosters and played with Gudas at the 2019 World Championships. Kempny was still recovering from a torn hamstring sustained during the regular season. 

 

That familiarity is nice, but Gudas has been traded before when Tampa Bay sent him to Philadelphia in 2015. You just adjust to the role given with your new team. He’s ready for a fresh start with the Capitals. 

 

“They’re the winners from last year, they were the contenders this year,” Gudas said. “They always have a good team. They in the playoffs every year all these years. Play my simple game, the guys to know what to expect for me and know I’ll be there for them.”

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Capitals Talk hosts "Capitals On the Clock" special: How to watch, live stream, listen

Capitals Talk hosts "Capitals On the Clock" special: How to watch, live stream, listen

With the NHL Draft just a few days away in Vancouver and after countless mock drafts, NBC Sports Washington will have you covered as the Capitals decide who to take with the 25th overall pick.

As part of NBC Sports Washington's coverage of the NHL Draft, the Capitals Talk Podcast will host 'Capitals On the Clock: Draft Night' on linear television and as a live stream on the NBC Sports MyTeams app.

Capitals Talk will sit down with Rob Carlin, Grant Paulsen, Al Koken, Michael Jenkins, J.J. Regan and Brian McNally to discuss the Capitals the 2019 Draft. They'll be joined by Zack Fisch, Manager of Media Relations & Broadcasting with the Hershey Bears, who will shed light on who's ready to make the jump from the AHL to the NHL.

The live stream will also include an NHL and Capitals Draft trivia segment which fans will be able to play along with.

And if you haven't already downloaded the MyTeams App, you can do so right now, RIGHT HERE.

Capitals Talk Podcast "Capitals on the Clock" Special

When: 8 p.m. Friday June 21

Where: NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports MyTeams App

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