I like to save the feature bits (usually all the derpy player survey stuff) from Breakaway, the monthly game playbook the Caps give out at Verizon. Here’s December 2016, and January/February/March 2017 (I uh sorta forgot I was doing these). Click to embiggen. Notable:
Ovi and Nicky both list Gladiator as their favorite movie. They are clearly soulmates.
Everyone except Holtby said their role model growing up was their mom, their dad, or both. Not Holtby. Holtby picked… Patrick Roy. This explains so much.
Karl Alzner’s favorite sports team is the Washington Nationals because he has excellent taste and is an excellent person all around.
Not gonna lie, as much as I’ve gotten fond of him, it still gives me a pang to see Brooks Orpik take sole possession of the Brooksie nickname.
Still not over Tom and Andre’s favorite television shows being “One Tree Hill” and “The O.C.” respectively.
alright a bunch of people wanted it, so here’s the family tree i made awhile back
brooks orpik is everyone’s grandpa, beags & carly & alzy & nisky are brothers to nicky, holts & oshbabe are brothers to ovi (basically they’re all brothers). Mojo is nicky’s child but also brother to andre, orly and kuzy are ovi’s kids, and the rest of them belong to both nicky and ovi. also beagle is andre’s step-dad
“As a teammate, he’s thinking about you when he’s going to make that play,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “He’s going to make sure he can get you as open as possible, and then deliver you the puck. If he gives it to you, then he’s going to try and tie up another guy’s stick, so you have a little bit more freedom to do something.”
Backstrom said that poise is central to his philosophy on hockey, as before he makes a pass, he wants to draw an opponent to him to open up more ice for his teammate.
Niskanen said he’s watched Backstrom be just as laid back when playing ping-pong in the locker room. “He’s got that kind of personality, and a lot of talent obviously. And I don’t know which breeds which,” Niskanen said. Andre Burakovsky said that when they’ve played golf together, Burakovsky is the type to break a golf club or two while Backstrom shrugs.
When Backstrom reaches 500 assists, he’ll be both the first player in franchise history and the first from the 2006 NHL draft to hit that mark. He’ll also become the 10th Swedish-born player to get there.