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Oates takes test drive through Hershey


Oates takes test drive through Hershey

What will the Capitals playing style be like under new coach Adam Oates and assistants Calle Johansson and Tim Hunter?

You may have to take a road trip on the scenic Catoctin Mountain Highway Route 15 North to find the answer.

When Oates and his coaching staff agreed to George McPhees suggestion to assist the Hershey Bears coaching staff during the NHL lockout, it required a melding of coaching minds.

Oates, a 19-year veteran of the NHL and Hockey Hall of Famer in waiting, will share his philosophies with Mark French, a career minor leaguer entering his fourth year behind the bench of the Bears. What kind of hockey will the two minds create?

Immediately with Adam youre going to get his views and opinions on how he wants to play, French said. He asked us if we wanted to play the same system. Two things play into it. I think, yes, its important because of the up and down movement of players from the AHL to the NHL. But we also believe in the same philosophies and that makes it an easier sell.

So what are the philosophies Oates will impart on French and Bears assistant Troy Mann?

Theres still going to be a premium placed on the defensive side and the unselfish type of hockey that really made an impression on a lot of people last year, especially during the playoffs, French said.

But when you have the puck theres a time to attack and do it with a lot of pace and tempo and with some creativity. I talked with Oates and thats where he wants to go. Well certainly encourage that.

Last season, French adopted the same playing style of former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau and stuck with it throughout the season, even after Dale Hunter was hired in late November and installed a defense-first system.

Even though there were significant changes in the way the team played up there we werent advised to change, French said. They wanted to stay with it midstream. I think its better when the two teams can mirror each other and I think were getting back into that mode.

This season, the Bears will play Adam Oates hockey, which requires French to alter many of Boudreaus systems but he says thats fine with him.

It forces us to change, he said. There are one or two things that are different for Troy and me. They are small things, but in a coach world theyre big things. But I think change is good and it forces us to be better as coaches.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!


But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.


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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.