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Tom Wilson's puppy, Halle, is enjoying quarantine life

Tom Wilson's puppy, Halle, is enjoying quarantine life

Tom Wilson's puppy, Halle, has been winning at life ever since the Capitals winger and his girlfriend, Taylor Pischke, adopted her right before the pandemic began.

Halle even has her own bobblehead with Wilson benefitting Wolf Trap Animal Rescue where she was adopted from! 

Wilson and Pischke have been documenting her life on Halle's very own Instagram page, @thehallepup, where they posted this adorable update.

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Peanut butter wasted 🥜

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"Wasted" off of too much peanut butter, Halle certainly seems like she is living the life in quarantine with her parents.

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‘Brobeans’ Tom Wilson and Michael Latta reunite on Caps Social

‘Brobeans’ Tom Wilson and Michael Latta reunite on Caps Social

On Friday, Tom Wilson surprised some of his former teammates as he joined the Capitals’ Twitter show Caps Social. On Thursday, it was his turn to be surprised. Wilson was the guest for the show on Thursday when his former teammate and roommate, Michael Latta, joined in.

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Here are some of the best moments from the interview.

Funny you should mention him…

Before Latta joined the video chat, Wilson was asked who from the NHL he has been chatting with during the season's pause and he actually brought up Latta.

"I actually talked to Latts today a little bit," Wilson said. "He was checking in on me which a good ol' roommate would do."

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Halle makes an appearance

Halle has taken Washington by storm since Wilson adopted the young pup. Not surprisingly, she made an appearance, though she was very sleepy.

She's getting big.

Latta makes his entrance and provides commentary on Wilson's pictures

Latta joined the video while Wilson was in mid-sentence.

"No way!" Wilson said. Latta just as they began going through old photos of Wilson and the commentary was pretty great.

When shown a nervous-looking Wilson at the combine, Latta remarked he was probably just worried someone would ask him to read something since, "You can't read."

Some of the pictures also included Latta as the two were roommates when Latta played with the Caps. The infamous picture of their refrigerator was shown in which they had almost nothing but three gigantic bottles of ketchup. As it turns out, the ketchup was from Costco and just too good of a deal to pass up.

There were plenty more pictures and banter between the two, as well as a visit from Wilson's partner at Bash Box. For those of you missing hockey, this is a good distraction.

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Tom Wilson vows he will never lose the physical aspect of his game

Tom Wilson vows he will never lose the physical aspect of his game

Tom Wilson has shown he has the skill to be a top-six NHL forward over the course of his career. Before the NHL season was paused due to the coronavirus, Wilson had already reached the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season and had set a new career-high of 44 points. But regardless of how many goals he scores or how much he produces, Wilson is always going to be known for his physical style of play.

And that's just fine with him.

Wilson joined the University of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley on Tuesday in Locksley's Instagram show "Late Night with Locks." Since Locksley is a football coach, not surprisingly one thing he wanted to talk about was Wilson's physical play.

"I'm definitely never going to lose that part of my game," Wilson said. "It's something that's natural to me and something that I love. "

Wilson made his NHL debut in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. An 18-year-old still honing his skills, it was clear head coach Adam Oates had not inserted Wilson into the lineup for his offense. Instead, Wilson provided a big body and big hits.

Even at a young age, that was a vital part of Wilson's skill set.

"Throughout my career as a kid growing up, I always just loved the hard aspect of the game," Wilson said. "I just wanted to go out there and play tough and be tough to play against. I took a lot of pride in that part of my game. That's part of the reason that I got to where I am now."

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The league, however, does not love it as much as Wilson does. He has been suspended four times over the course of his career including a 20-game suspension in 2018 for a hit he delivered to St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in a preseason game. The suspension was reduced to 14 games on appeal, but the message was clear. Wilson needed to change his game.

"You come into the league and everybody builds their own reputation," Wilson said.

He added, "You get a couple suspensions and stuff like that, it was a tough year, it seemed like it was spiraling out of control a little, but that happens. You learn from it and you adapt."

Adapting for Wilson, however, did not mean cutting out the hits or the fights entirely and he still has no intention of doing so because ultimately that's what makes him so valuable.

Being able to score 20 goals in the NHL is valuable, but there are lots of players who can do that. Being able to score 20 goals while providing the type of physical presence that Wilson does makes him very unique in this era of hockey. Since returning from his suspension in 2018, Wilson has avoided trouble with the Department of Player Safety. Managing to remain a physical threat while staying out of trouble and also providing the type of offense that justifies a spot in the top-six takes constant work, but it is a task Wilson is up for.

"That's all you can really do is just try and keep getting better, develop the skill side and keep complimenting the good players that I'm fortunate to be on the ice with," he said. "The rest of it will fall into place."

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