Friday Night Stadium Lights: Scenes From the Washington Capitals’ Family Skate at Carter-Finley Stadium

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Ahead of their Stadium Series contest against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, the Washington Capitals took to the ice at Carter-Finley Stadium at North Carolina State University for a skate with their families on Friday.

In addition to some quality time with their families, the Caps’ players and coaches posed for a team picture.

Many of the Capitals’ wives (and girlfriends) joined them on the ice, along with their children. T.J. Oshie was joined by wife Lauren, daughters Lyla and Leni, and son Campbell.

Conor Sheary and Dylan Strome stopped for refreshments with their daughters Mila and Weslie, respectively.

Nicklas Backstrom and son Vince:

Nic Dowd was joined by wife Paige and son Louie as well as new daughter Ruby (whom the couple welcomed a few weeks ago).

Nick Jensen, wife Jenner, and sons Enzo and Leo:

The Stromes:

The Capitals take on the Hurricanes at 8 PM ET on ABC or ESPN+, however NBC Sports Washington conducted their pre-game coverage on Friday night. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper took on the task of interviewing his teammates, with mixed results.

Given the grueling NHL schedule, the opportunity for players to spend time on the ice with loved ones, particularly their children, is extremely valuable and meaningful. Garnet Hathaway, who was joined by his son Luke and is keeping a blog of his experience for, is playing in his first outdoor with Washington and in his NHL career.

Tom and Taylor Wilson stopped to talk to NBC Sports Washington’s Al Koken:

The Capitals’ coaches also took in the scene at Carter-Finley ahead of Saturday night’s tilt, and reflected on the memories that come with the outdoor spectacle.

While the hard work begins tomorrow evening, a night of family fun and bonding with their teammates is sure to be a memory the Caps and their families won’t soon forget.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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