Caps fans know Jay Beagle as a tenacious and hard-working center, one who you can count on to shut down the opposing team's top line, win faceoffs, and even add some offense. He is passionate about his game, studies and works hard on and off the ice. When he's not studying opposing players' faceoff tendencies, Beagle is spending time with his family, oftentimes outdoors (remember when he was in the woods out of cell service while his agent was trying to reach him to tell him about his new contract?).
He also loves to hunt but doesn't get a chance to go often because deer archery season coincides with hockey season. Because I recently caught the archery hunting bug thanks to my hunting partner, my husband Matt, Jay and I decided we would sight in our new compound bows and even have a shooting competition between him, his wife Ashley, me, and my husband Matt.
I learned that Jay approaches hunting the same way he approaches hockey ("practice makes perfect," he says) and that enjoying the outdoors is something that he and his family can't do enough.
The portion you see here is only a tiny fraction of what you will see on CSN in the coming weeks. Yes, we do actually go hunting! A big thanks to the Tregoning family for letting us use their farm, and to my husband for setting everything up and getting everything ready for our shoots (both video and archery!).
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Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books.
Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs.
The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993.
"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.
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On Wednesday night ESPN hosts their yearly sports award show, the ESPYs, to celebrate the best of the last 365 days in sport.
One thing they will not be celebrating, or did not even consider celebrating, was Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
This year there were 16 plays nominated to be the “Best Play” and were seeded into a bracket. For the past month fans have been voting in each head-to-head matchup culminating in four pretty outstanding plays:
All of those plays can be viewed here.
Three of those four were in a championship game, the other was a just a once in a lifetime play from a teenager.
But the ESPYs are saying that there are 16 plays from this past year that were better than Holtby’s save… Can we really believe that? Everyone loves buzzer beaters, but they accounted for six of the 16 plays. One of them could have easily gotten bumped.
And aside from the three listed above there were only two that were in the championship event for each sport. Holtby could have rounded it out for six.
We’re not saying that Holtby’s play was the best in the past year, or even in the top four. Heck, there should be no one that tops Ogunbowale’s incredible heroics. But arguably the best play in D.C. sports history not making the top-16 for best plays in a 365 day period?
It must have been one heck of a sports year.
For those that are nominated, Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for Best Male Athlete and Best NHL Player. The Capitals are in the running for Best Team.