Author Archives: Bryan Hailey

About Bryan Hailey

I have been a Washington Capitals fan for over thirty years. Some of my favorite memories are rocking the red with friends while cheering the Caps and rooting against their Patrick/Metropolitan Division rivals.

For The Love Of The Game: Old Dogs, Old Tricks

Hockey is a game that reaches inside you and grips your soul. We play, we coach, we watch, and we cheer because we LOVE the game. Hockey rinks, whether filled to the rafters with screaming fans or hosting beer-leaguers playing … Continue reading

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Why Do I Hate The Penguins? Let Me Count The Ways

Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images For most people, mention of the word “penguin” conjures up images of cute little birds waddling about Antarctica in their tiny tuxedos. Perhaps cartoon commandos from Madagascar, or an antiquated Batman villain. Washington Capitals fans have … Continue reading

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We Got Your Mail! Answering Fan Questions From The NoVa Caps Mailbag

This three day break in the schedule has given the Capitals a little rest during a busy November.  Hopefully, some of the banged up players are little closer to game action.  Here at Nova Caps, we have used the three … Continue reading

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Before Tom Wilson, There Was Dale Hunter

Photo: NHL via Getty Images A rough and tumble forward beloved by his teammates and fans alike? Check.  A player who knows all too well the fine line between playing hard and playing dirty? Affirmative.  A Canadian-born tough guy familiar … Continue reading

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Assessing the Lars Eller-Brad Marchand Fight and the Bigger Issues at Hand

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals opened their Stanley Cup title defense with a near-flawless dismantling of the Boston Bruins. Goaltender Braden Holtby was rarely tested, and the Caps high-flying offense picked up where it left off … Continue reading

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Honoring Abe: The Man Who Brought The NHL To Washington

As Stanley Cup rings are delivered and a banner prepared for revealing, it is appropriate to reflect on those responsible for bringing a Stanley Cup to Washington. Of course, fans can thank the players, coaches, General Manager Brian MacLellan, and … Continue reading

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What Now? Reconciling With A Changing Culture In Washington

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images After decades of playoff disappointment, longtime Capitals fans were conditioned to despair in April and May. Our responses to springtime heartbreaks, bad bounces, and tough luck were positively Pavlovian. Game 7 loss. Ding! OT winner … Continue reading

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