Author Archives: 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. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).

What to Expect When You’re A Champion: The Feeling Entering Training Camp Will be Different, But the Expectation Will Remain the Same

Photo: NHL Most people at this point in August are enjoying the sound of waves crashing against sand, preparing to send their kids off to school or college in a few weeks time, and for hockey fans, waiting for NHL … Continue reading

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Backing up the Holtbeast: With Grubuaer Gone, Pheonix Copley Must Prove Himself At the NHL Level

Photo: NHL Via Getty Images For the past three seasons, Capitals’ starting goaltender Braden Holtby was backed up reliably by the play of former fourth-round pick Philipp Grubauer, who proved himself worthy of becoming a number one netminder in the … Continue reading

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Capitals Alumni Profile: Doug Mohns

Photo: NHL Via Getty Images In the Capitals’ 44-year history, 14 players have had the captain’s “C” adorn their sweater. In their tumultuous and disastrous inaugural season (1974-75), the “C” was worn by longtime NHLer Doug Mohns. In this latest … Continue reading

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Sophomore Expectations: What to Expect From Christian Djoos in His Second Season in the NHL

In a season filled with many firsts for the Capitals, both individually and as a team, one of the biggest storylines heading into the season and subsequently a common discussion point, was the development of former top defensive prospect Christian … Continue reading

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Dowd Do You Do?: A Closer Look at Capitals Center Nic Dowd

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America After the departure of longtime fourth-line center Jay Beagle in free agency, the Capitals were seemingly left with a hole at the fourth-line pivot position for the first time in several seasons. In order … Continue reading

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Djoos in the Driver’s Seat: Christian Djoos Will Look to Build on Memorable Rookie Season in 2018-19

Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images At the start of what turned out to be the franchise’s first championship season, the biggest question the team faced was the addition of two rookie defensemen to their defensive unit after the loss of several … Continue reading

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Bounce-Back Bound: T.J. Oshie Should Improve Next Season on An Injury-plagued 2017-18

Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America When the Capitals signed right wing T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46 million contract after the 2016-17 season, they did so on the heels of a season in which the tenacious forward scored a career-high … Continue reading

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A Gr8 Day for the Capitals: A Recap of Alex Ovechkin’s Day with the Stanley Cup

Photo: @Capitals It’s been just over three weeks since the Capitals were crowned the 2018 Stanley Cup champions and since that time the team has been enjoying the first month of a celebratory summer with family and friends, and for … Continue reading

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Contract Conversation: A Look At Why Tom Wilson Has Not Signed A New Deal

Heading into the 2018 offseason, the Capitals’ to-do list mountain was one many believed would be difficult to climb, with the likes of John Carlson, Michal Kempny, and Devante Smith-Pelly (among others) in need of new contracts after outstanding 2017-18 … Continue reading

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Three Years of the Osh-Babe: A Look at the T.J. Oshie Trade Three Years Later

While NHL free agency and a number of signings have dominated the headlines among Capitals fans, July 2 marks the three-year anniversary of the Capitals’ acquisition of right wing T.J. Oshie. In this trade, NoVa Caps looks back on the … Continue reading

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