August 8, 2020

CAPS: Washington Capitals Fans Prepare to Rock the Red

Capitals fans at warmups (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals fans at warmups (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The first playoff home game is this Thursday, May 3 when the Washington Capitals host the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. However, fans will be “Rocking the Red” all week. Check out all of the festivities listed in the team’s press release below.

Caps Fans Prepare to Rock the Red in the Playoffs Powered by Constellation Energy
Beard-A-Thon, Viewing Parties, Contests and More to Kick off Postseason

ARLINGTON, Va. – During the 2013 Stanley Cup quarterfinal round between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, Capitals fans are invited to participate in several activities to kick off the postseason.

Game 1 will be played Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Center and available locally on Comcast SportsNet HD. All Capitals playoff games will also be broadcast on CBS Radio (WJFK 106.7 The Fan) and Hubbard Radio (WFED 1500) as well as on and on Caps Mobile apps.

Playoff activities include:

The Washington Capitals, alongside Constellation Energy and media partners 106.7 The Fan and Comcast SportsNet, encourage fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions – the playoff beard. Beard-A-Thon participants can invite family members, friends and business associates to pledge money for their playoff beard. Confirmed beard-growers include Capitals players Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer, Mike Green, Matt Hendricks, Braden Holtby, Steve Oleksy, Mike Ribeiro and Aaron Volpatti. Also participating are Caps public address announcer Wes Johnson, 106.7 The Fan’s John “Cakes” Auville, Eric Bickel, Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier. Money will be donated to Fuel Fund of Maryland for every day that a fan maintains his beard.

Fans who do not wish to or are unable to grow a playoff beard can participate by pledging a donation to their favorite Caps player, fan or media personality. For more information or to enroll in the Capitals’ Beard-A-Thon, log onto The fan that raises the most money will win a Caps VIP Game Experience, which includes two tickets to a game during the 2013-14 season, a meet and greet with Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis and an autographed jersey from the player of their choice. All donations for the Capitals’ Beard-A-Thon are tax deductible.

Official Caps Viewing Parties at Hard Times Café
Fans are invited to attend the Official Caps Viewing Parties for each of the road games during round one. Game 3 will be held at Hard Times Café Clarendon, Game 4 at Hard Times Café Manassas and if necessary Game 6 will be held at the Hard Times Café Fairfax location. Fans will have a chance to win premium Caps giveaways at official viewing parties.

School Playoff Pep Rallies
The Washington Capitals will host pep rallies at local schools during each round of the playoffs while school is in session. Principals, teachers and students are encouraged to get their schools involved by emailing or tweeting photos of their schools rocking the red to show their Caps spirit. The Capitals will select a winning school each round to receive a pep rally featuring five stations to get the students excited to Rock the Red during the playoffs. Each student will have the opportunity to make signs to support the Caps in the playoffs, play in a street hockey scrimmage, take a photo with Caps mascot Slapshot, shoot slapshots on the Slapshot inflatable and take part in a hockey equipment demonstration. All participants will leave the Pep Rally with a Caps playoff T-shirt. Entries must be received at @CapsCR on Twitter or from teachers and school administers by 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, to participate.

“How Are You Rocking the Red” Contest
If “Rocking the Red” is what you do best, now is your opportunity to enter the “How Are You Rocking the Red” contest. The Caps mascot Slapshot is encouraging fans to submit photos to his Facebook page showing their decorated house, office work space, cars, kids, pets and even themselves. Just log onto and share your image with Slapshot.

Watch and Listen
Games 1, 3, 4 and 5 will be televised exclusively on Comcast SportsNet in the Washington/Baltimore region, while Game 2 will air nationally on NBC. Games 1, 3 and 4 will also be televised to a national audience outside of the Washington/Baltimore region by NBC Sports Network. Television information for Games 6 and 7 will be announced at a later time along with the U.S. national television information for Game 5.

Comcast SportsNet will produce Capitals Postgame Live following every Caps playoff game through all rounds, regardless of the network carrying the game. Comcast will also present Capitals Central before every first-round game that is scheduled on Comcast SportsNet.

Stay Connected is your playoff information hub. Get the latest news and video from team practices, pregame show, interviews, live postgame news conferences, expert analysis and that latest viewing parting locations, contests and more.

SERIES C TIME (ET) #3 Washington vs. #6 NY Rangers Networks
Thursday, May 2 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington CSN, NBC Sports Network, TSN
Saturday, May 4 12:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington NBC, TSN
Monday, May 6 7:30 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers CSN, NBC Sports Network, TSN
Wednesday, May 8 7:30 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers CSN, NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Friday, May 10 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington CSN, TSN
*Sunday, May 12 TBD Washington at NY Rangers TBD
*Monday, May 13 TBD NY Rangers at Washington TBD

GAME 3 PHOTOS: Washington Capitals Playoff Beards and More

Here are a few photographs from pre-game warmups (focusing on playoff beards) and New York Rangers v. Washington Capitals playoff game  three of round two on May 2 at Verizon Center. Rangers won 2-1 in third overtime (Game 3 Re-Cap).

The Rangers and Washington Capitals skated for nearly two full games: 114 minutes and 41 seconds, which ranks as the 20th longest NHL game in history.

All photos taken by Cheryl Nichols (@cnichols14) from the stands.

Braden Holtby leads the Caps onto the ice during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Matt Hendricks fans during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page) [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Washington Capitals Practice and Playoff Beards

The Washington Capitals are still growing their playoff beards and some are quite impressive. There are several photos below from practice today, April 27. Click to enlarge.

Beard progress from round one – Photos from Monday, April 16.

Sign up and/or donate to the Beard-A-Thon.

Signs at Kettler -Practice April 27(Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nice to see smiles at Kettler-Practice April 27 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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CAPS: Washington Capitals Playoff Beards

It’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs! That means playoff beards. It is still early and there is not much on the Washington Capitals’ chins yet, however, here are a few photos from warmups before game three of round one when the Caps hosted the Boston Bruins on Monday, April 16. Hopefully we’ll see thick, bushy beards in June.

Sign up and/or donate to the Beard-A-Thon.

Mike Green (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Brooks Laich (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Mathieu Perreault (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jason Chimera (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Roman Hamrlik (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

CAPS: Washington Capitals Playoff Beard Time!

There is nothing like NHL playoff time. And in Washington, Capitals fans have gotten used to post-season hockey and enjoy spending time inside in the spring even though the weather outside may be beautiful.

Grow a beard and show your team loyalty as well as help raise money for charity. If you don’t want to actually grow a beard, feel free to pledge a fan and watch the beards grow!

Get started today! Join the Beard-A-Thon!

Wes “The Voice” Johnson is currently on top of the leaderboard.

Karl Alzner's playoff beard in May 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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