CSN Capitals announcers Joe Beninati and Craig "Locker" Laughlin participated in a Reddit AMA ("ask me anything") session this afternoon.
They were asked a lot of Capitals questions, obviously, but got plenty of wild cards, too. And plenty of wardrobe queries for Beninati, obviously.
Here are some of the best moments:
biger93: Does Locker buy his own ties, or does Joe B just wear each tie once and then give them to Locker to wear?
Craig_Laughlin: I buy my own until there's a Joe B auction. When there is one, I always have first choice.
Joe_Beninati: It's about time for me to thin the herd.
_SCHULTZY_: Who's the most underrated player to have played for Washington in the last decade?
Joe_Beninati: I'll choose Joel Ward. His contributions, especially come playoff time, were extremely valuable and will be missed even by a team as strong as this one. He played the game so hard at that time of year when the game is the toughest to play.
EDIT: Also, to me, Nicklas Backstrom never gets enough credit but I have trouble calling him underrated.
Craig_Laughlin: From this year's team, Matt Niskanen. Flies under the radar and is very solid positionally.
In the past decade, probably Jeff Halpern who was a captain for many years.
LAKingsDave: Craig, what was the best fight you ever had as a player?
Craig_Laughlin: I was a lover, not a fighter...
But definitely when I took care of Lane Lambert in Detroit!
tigerbrightest: What has been the strangest and/or funniest thing to happen while you were broadcasting a game? (Or, if it's a better story, just while in an arena.)
Craig_Laughlin: We missed our train after a game in New York City and didn't realize they don't run on the hour after the game. The next train was at 3:30am so we said "what the heck" and had a night out in NYC prior to boarding the train.
Joe_Beninati: We were at Penn Station at the wrong hour, let's just say that.
That's just one of MANY funny/strange things that have happened over the years.
matty_c: When you got into broadcasting, did you anticipates 20+ year collaboration together? And during that time, how have you seen the culture in DC change in regards to hockey or has it? Thanks gents, always fun to hear your calls.
Joe_Beninati: In 1994, HTS, WB50, and the Caps tinkered with several combinations of announcing teams. By 1996, they realized the most successful lineup would be Craig, Al Koken and I. From there, we've grown very tight as an announce team and only hope to keep improving.
Craig_Laughlin: The culture has changed drastically with the arrival of Ovechkin, the rink moving downtown, and obviously winning more than losing.
I did envision a long relationship working with Joe!
You can catch Beninati and Laughlin on every CSN Capitals broadcast, including tonight's against the Vancouver Canucks (6:30 p.m., CSN).
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