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MedStar replacing Kettler, gets naming rights for Caps' facilities

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MedStar replacing Kettler, gets naming rights for Caps' facilities

The Capitals’ training facility got a new name on Monday: the MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

MedStar replaces Kettler as the naming rights partner for the ice rink and team headquarters, which are situated on the top of Ballston Common Mall in Arlington.

The arena had been known as Kettler Capitals Iceplex since 2006.

MedStar’s naming rights deal for the Caps’ facility is for 10 years, Monumental Sports & Entertainment chairman Ted Leonsis said.

The new agreement is actually the extension of an existing relationship between MedStar and Monumental’s teams. In fact, the Caps fans have probably noticed that players have worn a MedStar patch on their practice jerseys for the past two seasons.

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The healthcare company also now owns the naming rights to the Wizards’ new practice facility, which is being built in Southeast and is due to open this fall. That building — the MedStar Wizards Performance Center — will be home to Wizards, as well as the WNBA’s Mystics and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go.

Leonsis also said that as part of the agreement between MedStar and MSE, a ‘medical council’ will be created to help the various teams' athletes stay healthy and perform at their peak. 

“We have so many different teams in so many different leagues with different demands on the athletes, [we decided] let’s create a council and bring all of the doctors, all of the wellness experts, all of our trainers together and share best practices, share that information and data, and frankly, try to use it to our competitive advantage,” Leonsis said. “We see the difference between winning and losing is so small in professional sports. A lot of times, it’s little things like how you recover in the second game of a back-to-back.”

The name change for the Caps’ facility is effective immediately. Kettler, meanwhile, will remain involved with MSE as a partner in another capacity.

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How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

Monday night was supposed to be another night of Capitals action with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately due to the NHL’s hold on the season in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the show can not go on as originally planned. 

However, with some minor adjustments to the presentation, there is still a way to keep things going. 

Monday night at 7 p.m. ET the Capitals will be taking the ice to play the Sabres as planned, only this time it will be virtual ice on an NHL 20 simulation. 

In partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington will be airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 2K20 games. The format of these games includes watching the simulated versions of Caps games based on the existing schedule with the bonus of commentary from NBCSW’s experts. 

To make things even more fun, in between the simulation and the re-air of the simulation, there is a chance to relive a classic Caps game. So don’t forget to stick around and re-watch Dowd and the Capitals dominate the Penguins from earlier this season. 

Here's everything you need to know to watch. 

When: Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

Broadcast schedule: 

7:00 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (P)
8:00 PM: NHL Classics: Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins (R) 
10:30 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (R)

Starting lineups: 

Capitals: TBD
Sabres: TBD

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It’s official, Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle now has an Instagram account

It’s official, Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle now has an Instagram account

You should be used to seeing Capitals’ winger Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle by now, but you’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future. 

The black lab mix officially has an Instagram account and it’s the cutest thing that you’ll ever see.

Her favorite things are pine cones and digging holes and the account features some adorable content.

From the first day that Halle met her momma Taylor Pischke. 

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The day I met my new fur momma ❤️

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To what looks to be one of her first baths.

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Instagram vs. Reality #nationalpuppyday

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And even serving two minutes in time out. C'mon just look at those puppy eyes. 

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Serving two minutes in the sin bin #unsportsmanlikeconduct

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The Instagram account is run by her furparents of course. 

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