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12 Days of Capitals: A blast from the past

12 Days of Capitals: A blast from the past

Christmas time is here. 

In the days leading up to December 25th, CSN Mid-Atlantic will be providing you a look at the Christmas past and present of your favorite Capitals players with our "12 Days of Capitals" series.

On the 10th Day of Capitals, CSN gave to me... a deep dive into the Christmas past and present of some of your favorite Capitals players.

We got a bevy of photos from Christmas past, and now you get to see what some of the top Caps' players were like as kids, from infants to teens, and everywhere in between.

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Justin Willams was a smiley little toddler, as one might have been able to predict. 

He looks like he was even a good sport, dressing up with his sister for a play lunch. Is that a necklace and flapper hat he's wearing? 

 

Today, Williams still flashes that smile while hanging with his family... and he still has that great hair!

Here you can compare Tom Wilson and his family then and now. 

And he also sent us the great picture of him holding the infamous ketchup bottle from HBO's 24/7 Winter Classic series.



As a toddler, Brett Connolly's cheeks were unbelievable! We love his variety of outfits... from bow tie to Christmas pajamas to Fisher Price hockey t-shirt.

Nowadays, Connolly and his fiancee Katrina spend lots of time with their puppy.



Capitals' video Coach Brett "Stretch" Leonhardt and his wife Logan sent us some great pictures of a smiling (and tall!) young Stretch plus their recent photos as a great couple.

Taylor Chorney's wife Haley sent along these adorable photos of the two of them with son Turner, and Taylor as a baby. 

Look how much Turner looks like Taylor as a toddler!

These aren't pictures of Christmas past... but Braden and his wife Brandi sent us a photo of Ben and Bella decorating the tree ... plus their mantle with the tiny stocking in the middle for their tortoise!

12 DAYS OF CAPITALS:

Day 1: Lil' T.J. Oshie sings Christmas carols
Day 2: The many hairstyles of Barry Trotz
Day 3: The lil'est third liners
Day 4: Dial back the clock with Niskanen and Orlov
Day 5: Baby MoJo's many faces
Day 6: Hockey holidays
Day 7Seven bad haircuts
Day 8: Karl Alzner past & present
Day 9: John Carlson and some very good dogs

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

Hockey is one of the most incredible, compelling sports in the world. As fun as it is to watch on TV, it is even more compelling in person and fans in North America are treated to the best hockey in the world as played in the NHL.

But the NHL's not perfect.

SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

Just like every sports league, the NHL is always adjusting and making changes to the game in order to improve it through things like rule changes, expansion, playoff formats, etc.

No sport is perfect and hockey is not without its flaws, but there are a number of clear changes that could be made that would improve both the game and the league.

 SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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