It is an odd feeling to be happy when everyone around you is just shy of clinically depressed. But that was my situation in last night’s loss.
Before he was traded away, I was a big Cody Eakin fan and remain so. It was nice to see him at Verizon and take a few penalties to give the Caps a chance against Dallas. But it was not his return that highlighted my night.
Julie Chu and Hilary Knight of the American Olympic women’s hockey team attended the game, partly to donate to the MSE Foundation. I was offered a chance to be present for their interview with Monumental Network, and got relieved from my normal intermission duties to go.
The French have Mardi Gras. The Irish have St. Patrick’s Day.
We Americans have March Madness.
But in the shadow of the annual celebration of college basketball, lost bets and expected yet rarely predicted upsets lays another NCAA tournament—the Frozen Four.
As the American hockey landscape improves, so do its college programs. More and more NCAA players are breaking into the NHL, so it comes as no surprise that the Caps currently employ six former students.
The first round of the national championship begins Friday, so I asked some of Washington’s alumni to fill out hockey brackets.
The deadline had passed. Last-minutes deals for Thomas Vanek and David Legwand were coming out on Twitter. Washington announced that Ryan Stoa was being called up.
I decide to take a walk—check in on the conference room for the required GMGM presser and whatnot. As I’m walking down the stairs, Sky Kerstein of CBS DC flies out of the room, running towards where the media keep their computers.
After seeing that things are generally calm, I head back to my desk. Almost the entire staff is standing in and around their cubicles. There’s a buzz.
My feet move faster.
“Did you see?" another intern asks me.
I sit down in my own cubicle and refresh Twitter. 2010 flashes back at me. It was the year I fell in love with hockey, the year the Weagle soared, the year I sweated under black mourning clothes in the spring sunlight.