It was announced Tuesday afternoon that the Capitals acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks. Let's get to know this blue liner a bit more:
First off, he is thrilled to be coming to Washington, D.C. In a small media scrum that took place in San Jose following the announcement, he expressed his excitement:
"I'm excited, really excited. Yeah. I can't wait to get out there. Obviously, it's a big opportunity. The team. The group. Yeah. What an opportunity, really!"
Dillon (nicknamed "Dilly") is a native of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada and will join Braden Holtby, Tom Wilson and Brendan Leipsic as the Canadians on the team.
Like his fellow Canadian Holtby, Dillon also enjoys music and playing the guitar. He originally played the piano for nine years and picked up playing the guitar while he was living with San Jose defenseman Brent Burns. He is an avid music listener and a big country music fan.
In 2019 Dillon was nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his work with the Shark's Foundation, most notably for being the face of their "Stick To Fitness" program. Prior to becoming the face of the Sharks' program, Dillon was also involved with the Dallas Stars' Fitness Stars program which began in 2013.
Dillon's 6'4", 225-pound frame will be an asset to the Capitals, but that wasn't always the case - at the age of 15 he was just 5'2" in height before hitting his growth spurt.
He is recently engaged to Emma Wittchow, the pair announcing their engagement in August of last year. Although Dillon has never played for the Capitals, he has some interesting ties to the Capitals organization. His fiance's brother, Eddie, signed to a contract with the Capitals' AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears at the start of the season. Emma herself played collegiate hockey at Minnesota State University.
Dillon was voted by the San Jose media as their 2019 "Media Good Guy" so it's safe to assume he will be a well-liked guy in the locker room and off the ice by the fans.
He also got an endorsement from Capitals and Sharks' fan favorite, Joel Ward:
Welcome to D.C., Brenden!