August 21, 2014

Mitch Korn announced as Capitals head goaltending coach

Confirming reports that had previously surfaced, the Capitals formally announced Tuesday that Mitch Korn would be joining the team as head goaltending coach, replacing Capitals alum Olie Kolzig. Korn worked alongside Barry Trotz in Nashville and brings 35 years of coaching experience to the Capitals.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Mitch Korn the team’s goaltending coach, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Following the season Olie Kolzig expressed his desire to not continue as a full-time goaltending coach due to family reasons. Korn and Kolzig are currently discussing Kolzig’s level of time commitment and involvement with the organization.

“I am very pleased to join the Washington Capitals and continue to work alongside Barry Trotz,” said Korn. “I look forward to working with all of the talented goaltenders in the organization and helping them improve and succeed on the ice. I want to thank the Nashville Predators for a great 16 years and wish them the very best in the future.

“I have known Olie for many years and have a great appreciation and respect for the way he views the goaltending position. We will continue to discuss the best way for him to remain with the organization while doing what’s best for his family.”

Korn, 56, spent the past 15 seasons as the goaltending coach for the Nashville Predators and has more than 35 years of coaching experience. Korn worked with all netminders in the Nashville system during his tenure with the team and helped develop several into elite NHL goaltenders. Under Korn’s direction, Pekka Rinne was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy in 2011 and 2012 and finished in the top 10 in Hart Trophy voting in both seasons. Korn also helped develop two-time Czech Olympian, 2010 World Champion and NHL All-Star Tomas Vokoun.

Before joining the Predators in 1998, Korn spent seven seasons (1991-98) with the Buffalo Sabres organization, where he worked with Hockey Hall-of-Famer and two-time Hart Trophy-winner Dominik Hasek. While working with Korn, Hasek captured four Vezina Trophies and led the NHL in save percentage five times. Korn also saw Buffalo’s goaltending tandem (Hasek and Hall-of-Famer Grant Fuhr) capture the NHL’s Jennings Trophy (lowest team goals-against average) during the 1994-95 season. Korn has also developed goalie coaches, with several whom have learned under him serving around North America, including five currently at the NHL level.

Korn began his coaching career at Kent State University in 1979 shortly after ending his playing career at the school. He worked at Miami University’s Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio, for 30 years and coached the school’s goalies until joining the Sabres in 1991. Korn, who runs goaltending and defensemen schools around the country in the off-season, also has contributed regularly to several hockey publications, including USA Hockey Magazine, Goalies’ World and In-Goal Magazine.

Washington Capitals announce 2014 preseason schedule

Thursday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced the preseason schedule for the 2014-15 season. The official NHL schedule has not been released, but is reported to be announced Sunday, June 22, when the Capitals will find out their opponent  for the 2015 Winter Classic. The venue will be announced at that time as well.


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have released their 2014 preseason schedule, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The schedule will feature eight games against five opponents and will include four games at Verizon Center.

The Capitals will open their preseason schedule against the Buffalo Sabres on Sept. 21 at Verizon Center. The Caps will travel to Philadelphia on Sept. 22 and Boston on Sept. 24 before hosting the Bruins on Sept. 26. The Capitals will then travel to Montreal on Sept. 28 and Buffalo on Oct. 1 and will conclude their preseason schedule with two games at home against Philadelphia on Oct. 2 and Carolina on Oct. 5.

The Capitals were 4-0-4 in the preseason in 2013, and their all-time preseason record is 147-115-33-10.

All preseason games will be carried via, with selected games to be broadcast on 106.7 The Fan and WFED-AM 1500. The full preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in September. The complete 2014-15 NHL regular season schedule will be released at a later date.

The complete preseason schedule is listed below:

Date                Opponent        Location                  Time

Sun., Sept. 21 vs. Buffalo, Verizon Center 5 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 22 at Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center 7 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 24 at Boston, TD Garden 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 26 vs. Boston, Verizon Center 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 28 at Montreal, Bell Centre 6 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 1 at Buffalo, First Niagara Center 7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 2 vs. Philadelphia, Verizon Center 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 5 vs. Carolina, Verizon Center 3 p.m.



Capitals promote Brian MacLellan to GM, hire Barry Trotz as head coach

The search for a new general manager and coach in Washington has come to an end. Monday afternoon, the Capitals announced that they were promoting current assistant general manager, Brian MacLellan, to general manager, and hiring Barry Trotz as head coach, confirming reports that surfaced Saturday evening that said Trotz was headed to Washington.

It was not anticipated that the Capitals would hire a coach before a general manager, so when speculation arose that Trotz was expected to be hired, but the Capitals, it seemed logical that the organization would promote from within.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have promoted Brian MacLellan to senior vice president and general manager and named Barry Trotz as the team’s coach, majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick announced today.

Ted Leonsis:
“We are extremely pleased to name Brian MacLellan the team’s general manager and welcome Barry Trotz to Washington as the Capitals coach,” said Leonsis. “After conducting an extensive search for a general manager, we determined that Brian was the best candidate to help us reach our ultimate goal, winning the Stanley Cup. We have witnessed his abilities firsthand, and we have tremendous respect for how he manages people and situations. We feel he has relevant, in-depth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of our franchise and will be forceful in addressing them. Brian always has displayed tremendous professionalism, passion and commitment to the Capitals. He has his own unique approach, and we are confident in his abilities to lead this organization to new heights.

“We are also excited to welcome Barry back to the Capitals organization. Barry is a highly respected and accomplished coach who brings us a wealth of experience. He possesses high character and the exact leadership qualities we look for in the head coach. He was the only coach we coveted, and we feel he is an ideal fit to help lead our club.”

Dick Patrick:
“After interviewing a number of extremely well qualified and capable candidates outside of the organization, we became even more confident that Brian is the best person to lead our hockey club,” said Patrick. “He possesses the necessary skill set that is required for this position and has the vision that we believe will give us a realistic chance of consistently competing for the Stanley Cup. In Barry, we are getting an experienced and well-respected coach whose presence and tutelage will benefit our players. With these moves we believe we took a big step forward in assembling a great leadership group that will be in synch and in alignment for our hockey team.”

Brian MacLellan:
“I am extremely honored and excited about the opportunity I have been given with the Capitals,” said MacLellan. “Over the course of my career I have worked in acquiring the necessary skills to excel in this position. We have built a solid foundation, and I look forward to implementing my ideas to get us back to competing for the Stanley Cup. Also, it is a great pleasure to welcome Barry to Washington as the new head coach of the Capitals. Barry’s teams have always played with structure, discipline and intensity, and I look forward to him leading us to success for many years to come.”

Barry Trotz:
“I am very excited to join the Washington Capitals and want to thank Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for this opportunity,” said Trotz. “This is a great organization with a strong foundation and a tremendous fan base. I look forward to working with this group of talented players and the quality front office staff this team has assembled.”

MacLellan, 55, becomes the sixth general manager in the Capitals history after spending the past 13 seasons with Washington, seven as the team’s assistant general manager, player personnel. In his previous role MacLellan oversaw the club’s professional scouting staff and worked closely with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, who won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010. MacLellan, who served as a pro scout for the Capitals from 2000-03 and then was promoted to director of player personnel, assisted and advised the general manager in all player-related matters.

MacLellan, who won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989, had a 10-year NHL career in which he skated for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings. A forward who played 606 NHL games, MacLellan recorded 172 goals, 241 assists and 413 points. MacLellan also won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 1985 World Championship in Prague.

The Guelph, Ontario, native played hockey at Bowling Green State University from 1978-82, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration. In 1982 he was named an All-America defenseman and First-Team All-CCHA. MacLellan earned his MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas in 1995 and went on to work for an investment consulting firm in Minneapolis before joining the Capitals as a pro scout.

Trotz, 51, becomes the 17th coach in Capitals history and joins Washington after spending 15 seasons as coach of the Nashville Predators. Trotz was previously the longest tenured coach in the NHL and only coach in the Predators history. Trotz has put himself among some legendary names, ranking third all-time in both games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise. He also ranks 15th on the NHL’s coaching victories list and fourth among active coaches behind only Joel Quenneville (Chicago), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas).

Trotz is one of just six coaches in all four major North American sports leagues to have coached or managed each of a team’s first 15 seasons of existence (MLB: Connie Mack – 50, Oakland; NFL Curly Lambeau – 29, Green Bay, Tom Landry -29, Dallas, Hank Stram – 15, Kansas City, Paul Brown – 15, Cleveland). Trotz has also been the finalist for the Jack Adams Award, awarded annually to the NHL’s top head coach, twice in the last five seasons (2010 and 2011) while finishing in the top 5 on four other occasions since 2006.

Prior to joining the Predators, Trotz spent five seasons (1992-97) as the coach of the Capitals’ primary developmental affiliate in the American Hockey League. He was named coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks in 1992 after one season as an assistant coach. Following the franchise’s relocation to Portland, Maine, in 1993, he led the Portland Pirates to two Calder Cup finals appearances during the next four seasons. In 1994-95, Trotz coached Portland to a Calder Cup championship and a league-best 43-27-10 record and captured AHL Coach of the Year honors. In 2006 he was honored with election to the Pirates’ Hall of Fame.

Trotz earned the first of his back-to-back Jack Adams nominations in 2009-10 when he was runner-up for the award after leading his club to a 100-point season (47-29-6) despite the NHL’s 28th-highest payroll. Trotz was again nominated for the award in 2011-12 after guiding the Predators to the fifth seed in the Western Conference (44-27-11 record) despite losing 348 man-games due to injury, a number that ranked among the top three in the league, and being the fifth youngest roster down the stretch and the youngest among playoff teams. That success continued in 2011-12 when he finished fifth in Adams voting after steering the team to their third-best record in franchise history and to top 10 rankings in goals for (eighth), goals against (eighth), power-play percentage (first) and penalty-kill percentage (10th). On Nov. 12, 2011, against the Montreal Canadiens, he hit the 1,000-game milestone, and on March 30, 2012, reached the 500-win mark.

Washington Capitals Tyson Strachan to Host Strachan Strays Fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals, today announced that defenseman Tyson Strachan will host a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on Sunday, June 1, prior to the Nationals game against the Texas Rangers, which is slated to begin at 1:35 p.m.

Strachan Strays is a charitable organization created to raise awareness about the issues of pet homelessness and to raise finances to support local no-kill animal shelters. Funds raised by Strachan Strays will benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, which adopts dogs and cats from high-kill shelters to homes in the Washington, D.C., region.

Tickets are available at and include a donation to Strachan Strays and Homeward Trails, as well as a pregame meet and greet with Strachan.

“Every year millions of companion animals are left on the streets or euthanized in kill shelters,” said Strachan. “Our goal through education and fundraising is to end pet homelessness and overpopulation. We strive to find every animal their perfect home, and to promote responsible pet ownership.”

Strachan Strays is passionate about promoting pet adoption from a network of responsible no-kill shelters throughout the United States. The organization’s goal is to raise awareness and educate individuals on how they can make a difference in the fight to end pet homelessness. For more information visit

WHO: Capitals defenseman Tyson Strachan

WHAT: Hosting a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

WHEN: Sunday, June 1

WHERE: Washington Nationals
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

MSE Foundation Receives The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on May 13 at United in Service. United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region. (Photo Courtesy of MSE)

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on May 13 at United in Service. United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region. (Photo Courtesy of MSE)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on Tuesday, May 13, at United in Service.

United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region.

The Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards provided The Salvation Army with volunteer and financial support throughout their 2013-14 seasons. In March 2013 Capitals players delivered meals to the homeless through The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol program, while Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members volunteered in The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Shopping event at Target in Hyattsville, Md., in July. In conjunction with the Capitals and Wizards toy drives, MSE Foundation donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army National Area Command in December. The Salvation Army served as the beneficiary of both the Capitals and Wizards toy drives and was a beneficiary of the Foundation’s Family-to-Family program, through which MSE teams adopt families for the holidays. The teams also hosted bell ringers as part of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign at home games in December.

In 2013 MSE Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, donated more than $1.5 million to local charities. MSE Foundation partners in 2014 include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Flashes of Hope, KaBOOM!, Playworks DC, the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association and The Salvation Army.

MSE Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness.

United in Service was held in conjunction of the 100th anniversary of World War I and The Salvation Army’s United War Service Program. The event was held to celebrate volunteers, to promote positive change and to discuss how to better serve veterans in the community. David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize award recipient and Washington Post journalist served as the event’s keynote speaker.

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 85,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. The organization offers emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance; grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers; meals for the hungry and homeless; support for the disabled, elderly and ill; drug and alcohol rehabilitation; disaster relief; transitional housing for single mothers with children; and character building opportunities for youth.

Former Capitals coach Adam Oates issues statement, thanks players and organization for coaching opportunity

Former Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates has issued a statement, released by the Capitals public relations this afternoon following a press conference held by Ted Leonsis and Dick Patrick.


Statement from Adam Oates

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick, George McPhee, our coaching staff, the players and everyone involved with the Washington Capitals organization. It was a tremendous honor to coach the Capitals these past two seasons. It is a great franchise with a wonderful fan base that will always be close to my heart. I’m grateful for the opportunity they provided me and wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

Please note that this is the extent of Adam’s statement and he will not be making any additional comments at this time.

Capitals announce front office changes: McPhee and Oates relieved of duties

The Washington Capitals announced Saturday morning that they will not be renewing General Manager George McPhee’s contract and that head coach Adam Oates has also been let go.


Capitals Announce Changes to Front Office and Coaching Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will not renew the contract of vice president and general manager George McPhee and have relieved head coach Adam Oates of his duties, majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick announced today.

“George has been a terrific, longtime executive for our franchise, and I’m grateful for his commitment to the Capitals organization for the past 17 years,” said Leonsis. “Under his leadership the Capitals won seven division titles, twice were the top team in the Eastern Conference, earned a Presidents’ Trophy and competed in the playoffs 10 times. He was a highly effective manager who is extremely well regarded within our organization and around the NHL. We have the utmost respect for him and his family and wish them nothing but the very best.

“We are also appreciative of Adam’s efforts and thank him for his devotion, work ethic and contributions to the Capitals the past two seasons. He is a smart, tactical coach who improved the performance of several of our players. He is a Hall of Fame player who we believe will be a longtime coach in the NHL. We will help him in whatever way we are able and wish him well.

This is an important time for our organization, and I feel a change is needed in order to get us back to being a top echelon team that competes for the Stanley Cup.”

Leonsis and Patrick will be available to the media today, April 26 at 4 p.m. in the Verizon Center media room.

Brouwer, Chimera, and Ward to represent Canada at 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus

Three Washington Capitals will be representing Canada at the World Championship in May, according to the official Capitals press release. Despite failing to make the playoffs, all three players notched career years- Brouwer and Ward in goals, and Chimera in points and assists.

Press release: 

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forwards Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward will represent Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. The World Championship begin on May 9 and conclude on May 25.

Brouwer, 28, will represent Canada at the World Championship for the first time. The Vancouver native registered 43 points (25 goals, 18 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals this season, setting new career highs in goals, points and power-play goals (12). Brouwer finished the season ranked tied for sixth in the NHL in power-play goals, first among Washington skaters in hits (210) and second on the team in goals.

Chimera, 34, will be making his third World Championship appearance. The Edmonton native has recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 18 career games at the tournament. Chimera earned a medal in each of his previous World Championship appearances, winning gold with Canada in 2007 and silver in 2008. He has represented Canada at two World Championships (2007, 2008) and at World Junior Championship (1999). The 6’3”, 216-pound left wing registered 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals this season, setting career highs in assists and points.

Ward, 33, will represent Canada at the World Championship for the first time. The Toronto native registered 49 points (24 goals, 25 assists) in 82 games with Washington this season, setting career highs in goals, assists, points and power-play goals (6). Ward earned his first career hat trick on Nov. 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers and finished the season ranked third on the team in goals and points.


Ruffin-Pratt Returns to Mystics Roster

Mystics Press Release Logo

Team Adds Mathies and Milovanovic To Training Camp Roster

Washington D.C. — Washington Mystics Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault announced today that guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt will return to the team for the 2014 season.

Ruffin-Pratt joined the Mystics in 2013 as a free agent and played in every game. She averaged 4.4 points per game and 2.8 rebounds during the regular season and 5.7 points per game during the playoffs. Ruffin-Pratt led the University of North Carolina to the 2013 ACC tournament and earned All-ACC First Team honors. The Alexandria native attended TC Williams High School and was a two-time Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year.

The Mystics also announced that they have added guard A’dia Mathies and forward Jelena Milovanovic.

Washington claimed Mathies off waivers from the Los Angeles Sparks and was awarded her rookie contract by the WNBA. She attended the University of Kentucky and was drafted in the first round (10th overall) by the Los Angeles Sparks. She is Kentucky’s all-time leader in steals (320) and games played (140) and second all-time leading scorer (2,014). Mathies earned numerous honors including SEC player of the Year (2012, 2013) as well as All-SEC First Team (2012, 2013). She recorded averages of 2.3 points per game in 30 games for the Sparks last season.

Milovanovic was drafted by the Mystics in the second round (24th overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft but spent the last four years playing professionally in Europe. The 6-3 forward has played for Dynamo Kursk of the Russian league for the last two years and currently averages 11.2 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game.

The Mystics recently acquired guard Kara Lawson and will have three picks (sixth, 30th and 32nd) in the 2014 WNBA draft to be held on April 14 at 8:00 pm on ESPN2. The Washington Mystics will open the season on Friday, May 16, at 7:00 pm against the reigning WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx. In 2013, Coach Mike Thibault led the Mystics back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season while earning Coach of the Year Honors.

The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.

CAPS: MSEF Donates More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)

Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)

More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Donates

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals better halves Mandy Alzner, Carmen Brouwer and Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Mike Green, presented a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on April 1 during the Capitals game versus the Dallas Stars.

The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSEF) and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. The money will help provide medical and behavioral care, as well as permanent homes, for hundreds of dogs and cats rescued by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The calendar features photos of Capitals players Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mike Green, Jack Hillen, Aaron Volpatti and Joel Ward with their dogs and Nicklas Backstrom, Mikhail Grabovski, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Steve Oleksy, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The 2014 Caps Canine Calendar was sold at Capitals home games, at the team store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at

For video of the calendar photo shoot visit

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the Mid-Atlantic region for dogs and cats from high-kill shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. They seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes. For more information on Homeward Trails, visit

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