An Emotional Week for Caps Nation: A “Thank You”

Jan 1, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; in the third period during the 2015 Winter Classic hockey game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

You always want guys with good character on your team. Well, maybe 99 days out of 100.  It’s the day you have to say goodbye that makes you wish, at least a little bit inside, that the guy had been an asshole at some point during his time in Washington, just to ease the departure anxiety. No such luck. All of these guys (hockey aside) were assets to the Nation’s Capital, kind to their fans, and a positive influence in the community. Thank you Mr. Brouwer, Mr. Green, Mr. Ward and Mr. Oleksy. Our community will miss you guys dearly.

This week has been one of the more emotional weeks for Caps fans. As most suspected, and many feared, changes were made to the familiar, “comfy blanket” that has become the Washington Capitals. We all know that change is certain with all aspects of life, including sports. But when change affects good guys and fan favorites, the emotions are intensified. Yep, it’s a business, and yeah, salary cap constraints force a lot of these changes, but it still doesn’t ease the emotions.  One thing is for certain, these guys in these plays will always be Caps.

No one will ever be able to take away January 1, 2015.  That will forever be with us. Thank you, Mr. Brouwer.

No one can ever remove from our memories “Binky’s” long pass to Mojo for  a goal against the Rangers in the playoffs.  Thank you, Mr. Oleksy.

No one can take aaway “The Big Cheese”‘s recent last second gem against the Rangers in the playoffs.

And no one can ever take away Mr. Green’s OT goal against the Rangers.  Thank you, Mr. Green.

There could me more changes afoot in the not too distant future. Changes that affect additional “good guys”.  Only time will tell.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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