New Sportsbook Business ‘Handle19’ Forges Ahead With Plans To Open In DC This Fall, Despite COVID-19 Pandemic


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According to the Washington Business Journal, entrepreneur Shane August is forging ahead with plans to open a D.C.-based sportsbook, despite issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. August has finalized a lease and his sportsbook application to the D.C. Lottery. Continue reading

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Report: NHL Teams Preparing To Start Phase Two Late Next Week

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The Sportsnet crew reiterated that the NHL’s phase three (mini-training camps) will not start before July 10 and that phase two (small group skates and workouts), which teams are preparing to begin late next week, will not be mandatory. Continue reading

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How Will NHL Officiating Be Impacted Without Fans In Attendance?

Believe it or not, NHL officials are human. Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but in the end, it’s true. They respond and react to social pressures in the same manner you and I do. Years of data have proven that in a split-second moment of indecision, surroundings can and do affect personal perception, and ultimately a call on the ice. Continue reading

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Numbers for the 2019-2020 NHL Regular Season

The NHL’s public relations department on Friday released their regular season recap for the 2019-2020 season. The NHL announced Tuesday that the 2019-20 regular season was deemed complete through games of March 11, the day before the League paused play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

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Western Conference Play-In Preview

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The NHL announced that the Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin with 24 teams. While there are many boxes to be checked before play begins, Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the playoffs could begin as early as late July. While eight teams in the Western Conference will play in a best-of-five play-in round to advance, the top four seeds (St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars) will play a three-game round-robin against one another to determine tournament seeding. With the play-in matchups set, NoVa Caps takes a look at each play-in series in the West. Continue reading

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Capitals’ GM Brian MacLellan Says Prospect Connor McMichael May Be Brought Up for Playoffs

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Washington Capitals‘ senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan was on a conference call with the media on Friday afternoon discussing Phase 2 and the NHL’s Return to Play Plan. Continue reading

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Martin Fehervary Will Travel to Prague Next Week to Train With Jakub Vrana, Will Be Capitals 7th or 8th Defenseman When Play Resumes

Capitals top defensive prospect Martin Fehervary is preparing for the resumption of the 2019-2020 NHL season. In an interview with SME Sport on Friday, he confirmed he will be reporting to Washington as the seventh or eighth defenseman when players convene for training camp prior to the 2020 playoffs. Fehervary also discussed his training preparations in advance of the upcoming training camp. Continue reading

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Carolina Hurricanes Unhappiness With League’s 24-Team Playoff Format Continues


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It’s no secret that the Carolina Hurricanes are not happy about having to play a best-of-five “play-in” series against the New York Rangers. And they are making it known to the world. The Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning were the only two teams that voted against the 24-team format that was presented to, and ultimately approved by the NHLPA, 29-2. Continue reading

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Vegas Golden Knights Announce New AHL Affiliate Name and Logo

The Vegas Golden Knights’ new American Hockey League team will be called the Henderson Silver Knights. Continue reading

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Capitals’ Prospect Connor McMichael: “We Had A Really Good Team This Year. It Sucked We Didn’t Get To Cap It Off.”

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Washington Capitals forward prospect and 2019 first-round pick Connor McMichael joined Capitals’ senior writer Mike Vogel’s Break The Ice podcast to discuss his season with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, getting coached by former Capitals coach and center Dale Hunter, winning gold at the 2019 World Junior Championships with Canada, and more. You can listen to the episode here. Continue reading

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