From Pucks To Pens – Washington Capitals Players Unveil Their Artistic Abilities

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October is finally upon us, which means the (regular) hockey season is officially here. Tuesday morning, the Washington Post released some very interesting content in their print section: drawings by your Washington Capitals. 

In Sports Post’s NHL Preview, the piece featured six questions with corresponding answers drawn by numerous Capitals players.

A little self-portrait is a great way to kick things off. I love the speech bubble center Nic Dowd included in his as I have yet to buy Ovi O’s. I think the most “realistic” drawing is of goaltender Braden Holtby. As for forwards Nicklas Backstrom, Jakub Vrana, and Lars Eller, well, I have no words.

Forward Richard Panik’s drawing is quite relatable, along with Eller, defensemen Michal Kempny and Nick Jensen. I can’t help but wonder about Vrana’s secret talent. I’m left intrigued and a little nervous.

This question is probably my favorite of all of them. I was immediately drawn (no pun intended) to Kempny’s portrayal of the Stanley Cup. That’s a true work of art. Backstrom had the same idea as well and I can certainly vouch for that. Panik, Jensen, and Dowd were not a part of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup win but did draw sweet memories from their personal lives: Panik and the birth of his baby girl, Jensen and his marriage to his wife, Jenner, and lastly, Dowd and his wife, Paige, are expecting a baby boy in January 2020. All of these are truly memorable moments.

I feel it’s important to include something food-related in games like these. Working backward, Backstrom’s drawing confused me. I had no clue what it was supposed to be until I saw clarification: eggs. I was relieved because it looked like an uneven pizza to me, which there’s nothing wrong with pizza for breakfast. Eller’s favorite seems to be a smoothie or protein shake. So far, I have not seen any “official” answers on Panik’s favorite, but I’m going with oatmeal.

If you don’t drink beer, you may have wondered what Vrana drew, but it is indeed that. Pilsner Urquell is a large beer brewed in the Czech Republic, Vrana’s home country. If we skip to the last drawing, Jensen has been confusing fans with his purchase. Stand mixer? Blender? Nope. After some clarification, Jensen bought Lasik eye surgery. Backstrom, Kempny, and Dowd purchased some simpler -or rather easier to guess- items such as a new car, fancy watch, and iPhone respectively.

Speaking of phones, the final question was to draw your most-used emoji. I am literally a mix of Vrana and Dowd…maybe Dowd a little more. Although it looks like bear claws, I instantly knew what Eller drew. We all know Holtby is a beast on the ice, but he’s also a beast on paper too. His drawing of the call me hand or shaka emoji is spot on. I’d like to think Jensen’s emoji choice is my reaction to all of this.

Fans have been weighing in with their thoughts about the drawings. Some are confused while others are impressed. In the end, I really have no room to talk. Drawing or any art for that matter is not my forte. However, big props to the team for showing off their creative skills. There will be more from the Capitals on the drawings on Wednesday.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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