Live from the Caps new practice rink
Which, we've just been told, is further above street level than any hockey rink in the U.S. I'm pretty sure that's what we've just been told, anyhow. The sound system sounds something like this: "Sscheeeew schwee shcwewe schsewe."
Anyhow, we're here for the announcement of the naming of the Caps training center, and the official opening of the rink. It will be called Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The special guests for this occasion include Ted Leonsis, the Yorktown High hockey team, Chris Clark, Olie Kolzig, Brian Sutherby and Slapshot, who, we've just learned, is a guy. (Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir and I asked Slapshot if he were male or female. He pointed at us, which we assume means he's a guy.)
The opening of an ice rink, it turns out, involves pulling huge sheets of black plastic off the logo at center ice while people cheer. It also involves, naturally, people sitting about 50 feet away from center ice, behind glass, in work clothes, wearing hard hats. Yeah, there are people putting some finishing touches on the rink. Some painting and drilling. So I guess the hard hats are in case any stray paint comes flying in our direction.
If you didn't know, the rink is in Ballston, on the eighth floor, on top on seven floors of parking. Which is a sort of daring thing to do, I guess. "Exciting and crazy all at the same time," Arlington County Board of Supervisors chairman Chris Zimmerman said of the idea. Leonsis just offered "a big wet kiss" to the people who helped make this happen. It is a pretty impressive facility, plus it's near the Ballston food court.
And the Metro. Dainius Zubrus just showed up, 25 minutes late. Bad traffic. Maybe he'll take Metro next time.
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