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Trotz set to join elite group by coaching 1,500th NHL game

Will become fifth to reach milestone when Capitals play Blackhawks

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Barry Trotz attended the Washington Capitals training camp in Hershey, Pennsylvania, as an undrafted invitee in 1982. The 20-year-old defenseman wanted to thank director of player personnel Jack Button and new general manager David Poile for the opportunity, so he approached them before his first practice.

"I'm going to make it hard for you to send me home," Trotz remembers telling Button, who replied bluntly, "The only reason you're here is you might be a good minor league leader or a coach someday."

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Green not thinking about return to Capitals

Red Wings defenseman spent 10 seasons with Washington, could be traded by deadline

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- After the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, defenseman Mike Green spent time catching up with some of his former Capitals teammates in the hallway between the two locker rooms.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Holtby finds Capitals gain as ambassador

Goaltender proud to represent team in supporting inclusion efforts

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va.-- In 2016, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and his wife, Brandi, planned to attend the Capital Pride Alliance's Capital Pride Parade as spectators to show their support for the LBGTQ community.

So, when the Capitals asked Holtby if he'd like the represent the team by marching in the parade, it was an easy decision. They had so much fun that year, they went back and did it again in 2017.

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Blue Jackets try to look on bright side following fifth straight loss

Hope lessons learned in defeat to Capitals will help in playoffs, if they get there

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- For a moment in the first period of the Columbus Blue Jackets' 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday, it appeared that their luck was turning.

After the Capitals took a 1-0 lead on John Carlson's goal 5:09 into the game, the Blue Jackets benefitted from a fortunate bounce when the puck hit a seam in left corner boards and caromed in front to Pierre-Luc Dubois for the tying goal at 6:28.

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Francis aims to power up Hurricanes

Carolina GM, in tandem with new owner, prepared for playoff push

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2017-18 NHL season has passed its midway point and the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 26 is less than three weeks away. With that in mind, NHL.com is sitting down with some of the biggest names in the game. Today, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis talks about his approach to the trade deadline and the influence of new majority owner Tom Dundon.

The Hurricanes entered this season optimistic that they were ready to take the next step in their rebuilding plan and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Capitals help UAE women's team experience trip of lifetime

Will attend games in Washington, Chicago, Ottawa as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va.-- What started with a chance meeting has led to a hockey dream trip for members of the United Arab Emirates women's national team.

Washington Capitals alumnus Peter Bondra encountered UAE forward Fatima Al Ali at a hockey clinic in Abu Dhabi in November 2016 and was so impressed by her puck-handling skill, he posted a video of her on Twitter that went viral. That led to an invitation to Washington to skate with the Capitals and attend a game during Hockey is for Everyone month last February.

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Five Questions with Kacey Bellamy

U.S. Olympian discusses growth of women's game, blazing trail for girls in hockey

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday through the 2017-18 regular season. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Kacey Bellamy, a defenseman and an alternate captain on the 2018 U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team.

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Fleury excited for return to Pittsburgh with Golden Knights

Goalie unsure how he'll handle first game back in city where he won Stanley Cup three times

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- After rallying for a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights opted to stay in the U.S. capital another night and gathered for a Super Bowl party at their hotel.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury looked forward to spending some time with his teammates, enjoying the game and their company, but he admitted his mind might wander ahead. The Golden Knights will travel to Pittsburgh on Monday to begin preparing for their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, TVA Sports, ATTSN-PT, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Capitals, Dreams for Kids DC create lasting memories

Children enjoy on-ice clinic with players; Hockey is for Everyone month set to begin

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals kicked off their slate of Hockey is for Everyone month activities with a Dreams for Kids DC hockey clinic for children with physical and developmental disabilities on Tuesday.

Capitals forward Jay Beagle and defensemen Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Taylor Chorney, along with four-time U.S. Olympian Jenny Potter, took the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with Dreams for Kids DC volunteers and more than 100 children.

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Top 10 NHL All-Star Weekend moments

'Rescuing' Stanley Cup, cheers for Boyle, Boeser's MVP among best memories from Tampa

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- The 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend featured pirates in puffy shirts and beads, emotional ovations, and spectacular plays by the game's top players.

Here are the top 10 moments, in chronological order, from a memorable weekend in Tampa.

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