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12 Days of Capitals: Niskanen and Orlov all dressed up

12 Days of Capitals: Niskanen and Orlov all dressed up

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 fourth Day of Capitals, CSN gave to me... defensive linemates Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov back in the day!

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When Matt Niskanen was growing up in Mt. Iron, Minnesota, he was apparently quite mischievous.

Luckily someone caught him in the act of trying to find out what was in the wrapped presents.

The look on Niskanen's face as he sits on Santa's lap is the same look I get today sometimes when he's trying to figure out how to answer my question without telling me it was a terrible question. 

Just kidding, but seriously, he's sneaky physical and quick on the ice, and certainly has that sneaky look on his face in that picture!

Here's Niskanen's defensive partner Dmitry Orlov showing his amazing fashion sense at a young age. Check out the sock game- matching yellow!

Here's Orlov a little younger, yet thoroughly enjoying the Christmas scene while chilling in the stroller.

These next few pictures include Orlov in a holiday play while growing up in Russia. 

The moustache was definitely a foreshadowing of years to come!

 

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

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!

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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.

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