As Capitals fans jump on the Blackhawks' bandwagon and count the long summer months until our own boys are back on the ice, there are a few more things to look forward to before the 2010-2011 regular season officially begins. Yesterday, the team announced the dates for the second Capitals Convention (mark your calendars - there was a full house last year) in addition to the Fan Fest at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
The second annual Capitals Convention moves downtown this year to the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event was a huge success in its first year, attracting a sold-out crowd of more than 5,000 to a day-long interactive and informational celebration of the Capitals, featuring the entire roster of current players and a number of prominent alumni. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 14, to season-ticket holders and Wednesday, June 16, to the general public at WashingtonCaps.com. Ticket prices are $40 for adults and $25 for children 14 and younger if purchased by June 30 (adult price increases to $45 on July 1). Two other ticket options are available: a $500 golden ticket with special access to every autograph session and a VIP room and a $30 ticket without autograph access.
Fan Fest will be held on the final day of the Capitals Development Camp, which will be held July 12-17 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The entire camp is open to the public (complete on-ice schedule still TBD), with a scrimmage set for Saturday, July 17, at 10 a.m. In addition to the scrimmage Fan Fest will feature the team’s annual equipment sale, inflatable games and autograph sessions. Season-ticket holders will have the first opportunity to shop at the equipment sale; details on that opportunity will be sent to each account in this week’s planholder update.
Of course the biggest news of the day is tonight's Game 6, where the young Chicago Blackhawks team has a shot at winning their first Stanley Cup since 1961. On that note, HM found this article on the Hawks' play to date interesting, especially for us Capitals fans still raw from an abrupt first round exit. The legendary Jacques Demers credits the normally flashy Hawks' success to playing down and dirty "blue collar" (translated "Flyer-style") hockey - a concept that seemingly eluded the Capitals in the post-season. That said, Chicago will have their work cut out for them tonight in front of a hostile Wachovia Center crowd and a mean Flyers club who'll be doing everything in their power to force a Game 7. Rumor has it that the Flyers will start Michael Leighton in net. If Patrick Kane ends up hoisting the coveted Cup this evening, it will be the best showing of an award-winning mullet since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr's Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago to win the Cup back in 1992. Let's go Hawks!
And while we're on the subject of bad hair styles, HM recently read a hilarious blog post from a fabulous fellow female Capitals blogger. I came across Caps Girl via Twitter and find myself frequently laughing hysterically over her tweets and posts, as we share the same very snarky sense of humor. This time she takes on Alex Ovechkin's often misled fashion sense and offers some style tips for the talented star in a Glamour magazine "do's and don't format". Check it out here!
In other Capitals news, looks like Jose Theodore may not be in the fold much longer (Hockey Mom has sad face) while the team may be talking numbers with Eric Fehr's agent to extend the forward's contract.
Happy Hump Day and happy hockey watching sports fans - signing off....