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What Capitals players have been up to during COVID-19 hiatus from play

What Capitals players have been up to during COVID-19 hiatus from play

Tuesday's outline for the league’s return to play means it is time for the players to start planning a return to the Washington area for the eventual resumption of the season. But getting all the players back to Washington is going to take some time given how they are all over the globe. Here’s a look at how a number of Caps’ players have been spending the pause in the season. 

Nicklas Backstrom became a father of three with the birth of his daughter, Alizee in April.

Travis Boyd may have gotten the best present ever as his long-time girlfriend, Kelsey DeGonda, hired artist Taylor Kamp Olson to paint Boyd hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Brenden Dillon initially spent the first few weeks of the pause in a hotel in Arlington, but eventually returned to his home in San Jose. It was there he apparently discovered Tik Tok.

Braden Holtby and his family have stayed in Virginia throughout the pause. He has kept himself busy doing things like saving a kitten on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

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Lars Eller donated a “Health Cleanse Portal” to the Central Union Mission homeless shelter near Union Station. He detailed why this was important to him in an episode of the Capitals Talk Podcast.

Nick Jensen became a father right after the season paused as he and his wife welcomed their first child, Lorenzo, on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Enzos ready in case the season starts back up 😉

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Ilya Kovalchuk has been finding some pretty unique ways to get a workout in.

T.J. Oshie and his family have been among the bigger stars of the NHL’s pause. First, Oshie became a father of three with the birth of his son, Campbell. His daughters, Lyla and Leni, gave him a surprise makeover and their McLean home was featured in Architectural Digest.

Alex Ovechkin remained in the area initially working out with his trainer who came into town just before the season was paused. Ovechkin took on Wayne Gretzky on NHL 20 for charity where both agreed to an eventual tie. He then flew his family to Miami where he continues to work preparing for the return to the season.

Jonas Siegenthaler returned to his native Switzerland. From there, he and Jakub Vrana, who had returned to the Czech Republic, battled in a cook-off on Twitter.

Tom Wilson went back to his home in Toronto. His dog Halle has been the star of the season’s paws...er...pause.

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I guess I’ll just grow into it 🤷🏼‍♀️

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From John Wall to Bryce Harper: 8 memorable DC athlete debuts

From John Wall to Bryce Harper: 8 memorable DC athlete debuts

The city of Washington has seen an unusual amount of sports phenoms come through over the past several decades. Here is a look at the debut games for each of the most famous ones in recent memory.

John Wall, Wizards: Oct. 28, 2010 at Magic

This game is still remembered to this day for how Wall danced his way through pregame intros with 'The Dougie.' But he also played well with 14 points, nine assists and three steals in a Wizards loss to Dwight Howard and the Magic. Wall has since gone on to make the All-Star team five times, All-NBA once and lead the Wizards to four playoff appearances.

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals: June 8, 2010 vs. Pirates

Strasburg entered the majors with perhaps more hype than any pitcher before him and in his debut he lived up to expectations in a major way. In front of a soldout crowd, he struck out 14 batters in seven innings with zero walks. Strasburg has since become a three-time All-Star and was the 2019 World Series MVP.

Bradley Beal, Wizards: Oct. 30, 2012 at Cavaliers

Beal may not have had the hype of these other guys, but there were certainly high expectations for him as the No. 3 overall pick. Beal had a modest game of eight points, three rebounds and three assists in his debut, a loss to the Kyrie Irving-led Cavs. Beal has made two All-Star teams in his career.

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Robert Griffin III, Redskins: Sept. 9, 2012 at Saints

After the Redskins pulled off a blockbuster trade and spent the second overall pick to acquire Griffin III, there was a ton of interest in his debut, which came at the Saints and opposite Drew Brees. Griffin III led the Skins to a win with 320 yards and two touchdowns in what was just the start of an exhilarating 2012 season. Unfortunately, a torn ACL began his tumultuous downfall in Washington.

Alex Ovechkin, Capitals: Oct. 5, 2005 vs. Blue Jackets

The No. 1 overall pick, Ovechkin began lighting up the NHL right away with a two-goal performance in his debut; one even strength and one on the power play. The Capitals won the game, 3-2. Ovechkin would go on to win three MVP trophies and the Rocket Richard trophy eight times. He also led the Caps to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2018 and is on track to be one of the best NHL players of all-time. 

Bryce Harper, Nationals: April 28, 2012 at Dodgers

Harper had more hype before his debut than anyone on this list, and that is saying something. Hailed as the 'LeBron James of baseball,' Harper played his first game in Dodger Stadium with Vin Scully on the call. And he landed a double in his third at-bat for his first major league hit. The play famously included fans mooning the camera, somehow with perfect timing. Harper made six All-Star teams with the Nats and won the 2015 NL MVP award. He later left in free agency to join the Phillies.

Juan Soto, Nationals: May 15, 2018 vs. Yankees

Soto was the biggest surprise on this list because he didn't enter the league with the distinction as a top draft pick. But there is no question he was and continues to be a phenom. His debut was split between two days due to a rain delay, but it went down in the books as including a home run, a run scored and two RBI. Soto technically has not won any awards, but he was a central figure on the Nats' 2019 World Series team.

Nick Backstrom, Capitals: Oct. 5, 2007 at Thrashers

The fourth overall pick, Backstrom made an instant impact as a 19-year-old in his debut with an assist in a Capitals win. He would turn into one of hockey's most durable and consistent players, making five All-Star teams and becoming a major reason why the Caps won the Stanley Cup in 2018. Backstrom is on track to likely end up in the Hall of Fame when his career is over.

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Alex Ovechkin sends Papa Johns to front-line health care workers

Alex Ovechkin sends Papa Johns to front-line health care workers

As the coronavirus pandemic carries on and front-line health care workers treat thousands of infected patients, athletes like Alex Ovechkin continue to try and lend a helping hand. 

On Thursday, Ovechkin partnered with Papa Johns to deliver pizza to front-line health care workers at MedStar Health Hospitals and urgent care locations. 

Along with the announcement on Twitter, Ovechkin seemed to take a break from playing hockey on his driveway to deliver a video greeting to the medical professionals. 

Ovechkin joins a number of D.C. sports stars to contribute to their local hospitals during these difficult times. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Ryan Zimmerman and Chase Young are just a few players who've stepped up recently.

He also played Wayne Gretzky in an epic NHL 20 showdown with the proceeds going toward COVID-19 relief. 

Washington D.C. sports fans have enjoyed an unfamiliar level of success with their teams recently, you know, given the Stanley Cup win and World Series title over the last two years. But what's probably more important, is that their favorite teams' biggest stars are positive forces in their community. 

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