July 9, 2020

Capitals Share Their New Year’s Resolutions

Between all the practice and travel, professional hockey players mark the New Year holiday with their own personal resolutions and family traditions. I had a chance to catch up with a few of the Capitals after practice on Thursday and quizzed them about their 2012 New Year’s resolutions and their favorite New Year’s traditions.

Like most of us who are parents, Mike Knuble said his resolution for 2012 was to “have more patience” with his children. When asked about his most memorable New Year’s, he of course shared his memories of being in Pittsburgh last January 1st for the 2011 Winter Classic. He said the presence of all the families made it extra special and the timing of the game gave them all a chance to stay up late enough to ring in 2012. “Most people are holidayed out by New Year’s Eve, but that weekend was really special for all of us,” recalled Knuble. Having just commemorated his landmark 1,000th NHL game, Caps fans certainly hope that the veteran leader is sporting the red for many more New Years to come.

Mike Knuble (Stock Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Next up was the jovial Troy Brouwer. Brouwer, who despite his snarly demeanor on the ice seems like one of the most happy-go-lucky guys in the room, said his 2012 resolution is to be “more positive, an all-around more positive guy.” Brouwer, who was born in picturesque Vancouver, BC, said one of his fondest childhood memories of the holiday was when his mom would give them pots and pans to bang in the street once the clock struck midnight. Sounds like an awfully fun (and patient) mom to me! Since he’s been in the NHL, of course he hasn’t had a chance to create any new New Year’s Eve traditions as he’s usually playing or on the road. He said when the opportunity permits he’ll get together with team mates for dinner at a familiar spot and enjoy a glass of champagne or two at midnight, but when 12:01 rolls around, the guys are usually on their way home especially after a hard-fought game.

Gritty right winger Joel Ward says he’s not really big on resolutions but if he had one, it’s to reconnect with old friends from back in his hometown of York, Ontario. Ward said he didn’t really have any staid traditions of childhood New Years past, other than it gave him an excuse to go out and enjoy some time with his friends.

The Caps marked the last night of 2011 on a high note, with last night’s win against the Blue Jackets. As we head into 2012, fans hope that their newfound resolve and confidence carries the team all the way into the playoffs. Hope you all had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and wishing everyone much love, health and happiness in 2012!


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