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Kanye, the Pink Helmet and Barbeque

The pink helmet. For more, keep reading.

Caps answers no one will remember to Caps questions no one really asked....

What song have the Caps been playing after just about every win of the Boudreau era?

Kanye West's "The Good Life," off of Shaone Morrisonn's iPod. No particular reason. But now it's a tradition.

What does Boudreau think of all this?

"I wouldn't know Kanye West from Mercy East," he said.

Wait, what's Mercy East?

"I have no idea," he said. "Who's Kanye West? Well, I know I've heard the name 'Kanye West,' but that's how old I am, I don't have any clue of the music. No, I wouldn't have picked the song out, but if it was 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' by the Beatles, I'm right there. 'Twist and Shout,' know it by heart."

Stealing some questions from today's middle school crowd at Williamsburg, um, what are the salaries of Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin?

"Uh, about $150 a year," Green said. "You've got to save your money and spend it wisely. To me, that's a lot of money."

"I play for the logo," Ovechkin said.

And, um, what made them want to play hockey?

"I don't know, maybe it's destiny," Ovechkin said, then turned philosophical, talking about how the choices made in childhood can shape one's life. "All people have choices," he said. "You have choices to learn, or go to work, or do something else. We decided to play hockey."

Inspiring your Washington Capitals since November or so. Not pictured: Mercy East.

Jeez, did he say anything else sort of weirdly wistful and nostalgic?

Well, when he was asked about his enthusiastic style of floor hockey against middle schoolers, he said "We're all kids, I think. It's the best time in life."

How about this, when some deranged sports blogger was attempting to line up a Price is Right style game between Ovechkin and 12-year-old Marshall Cartwright today, and then when there were some administrative hold-ups, what did Ovechkin say to Cartwright?

"So, you like the school?" he said.

Marshall nodded.

"What you do in the school all the time? Talk with girls?" Ovechkin asked.

"I read about hockey," Cartwright said.

Then the deranged sports blogger tried to explain the rules of the Price is Right.

"I go shopping every day, you have no chance," Ovechkin said to Marshall.

"I'm not going to try to win," Marshall said, clearly intimidated. "He's, like, a pro."

When can we watch video from this event, which was hosted by Mike Green as a very confused Bob Barker?

Probably next Tuesday on Comcast SportsNet's Washington Post Live, assuming someone can edit out all the awkward bits.

Hey, remember when star newspaper reporter Tarik El-Bashir wrote about that pink helmet guys were wearing at a recent practice? What was that all about?

"John Anderson told me about it," Boudreau said of the Chicago Wolves' coach. "He didn't use a pink helmet. It's got to be six or seven years ago, when he was in Chicago, they would do the same kind of game, build a helmet with horns on it, you know, a real ugly helmet that the guy had to wear. I didn't want to go to the extravagance of doing that, so we just thought, 'What's an ugly helmet for a hockey player?' A pink helmet, and you write the word 'Loser' on it, and...."

Wait, the pink helmet says "Loser?"

"Well, if it doesn't, it's gonna," he said. "And the guys have to sign it."

More, please?

In Hershey they'd play the game every Thursday; here, it's only every three or four weeks. They've played it twice so far. The last player to score has to wear the pink helmet during the game, and then keep it in his stall until they play it again. David Steckel has it stashed below his stall right now, but he doesn't much mind having it because [deleted to prevent possible jinx].

"And you know what, like Stecks said, it's not the first time [he's] ever had it and it won't be the last," Boudreau said. "He owned it in Hershey. Owned it."

Why pink?

"Pink is just an abnormal hockey color," Boudreau said. "I mean, I could have [made] it gold or yellow, but see, the gold helmet in Norway, the leading scorer of every team wears the gold helmet. I found that out this year."

Wow. Oh, and what's the game called?

"Battle For the Pink Helmet," Boudreau said.

Not expecting any details, but is there a link where we might be able to see some photos of various members of the Washington Capitals at a wine tasting?

Try this one.

Switching gears, which of Quintin Laing's body parts currently hurt?

"Well, just everything," he said, pointing out a massive bruise on one leg, his swollen lip and a bad foot. He said it takes a few minutes of stretching in the morning before he can put his socks on. Oh, and there's that pin in his ankle.

"Whenever I walk it just clicks," he said. "It's kind of annoying. I can't sneak up on anybody."

And what's the biggest way in which his life has changed since being called up to the NHL?

"Maybe eat out a little bit more, since we don't have a barbeque in the spot where we had it," he said.


See in Hershey, Steckel had a nice grill, and then when he got called up to the Caps he put it in Laing's storage unit, and Laing decided to take it and set it up on his deck, and he got to where he would grill out up to five times a week--"steak, vegetables, potatoes, pork, chicken, everything," he said. But now he lives in a building in Ballston with no decks, and so he can't barbeque, and so the only way his life has really changed is he eats out more.

Right. So he must be a good cook, eh?

"No," he said. "I'm a good barbequer, though."

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2008; 5:31 PM ET
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Quality entertainment - Thanks Dan!

Posted by: Scott | January 16, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Gabby,

There are a couple of bored law professors somewhere in the mid-west who would probably like to speak with you about this whole pink helmet thing. Feel free to tell them to stuff it, like the University of Iowa did.

Posted by: prophet | January 16, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

dan, thanks for covering the capitals in a lighthearted way that you get to see their's very entertaining!

Posted by: b | January 16, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

You can't tell the Caps nothing.

Posted by: | January 16, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff, Dan.

We've missed it.

Posted by: Gustafsson | January 16, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Please dont edit the awkward parts...we all LOVE the awkward moments...its the best part (aka green falling off his segway and ovie laughing at him.) Totally love the coverage, thanks Dan.

Posted by: april | January 16, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we get stuff like this in the paper instead of Mike Wise's whinefest?

Posted by: FS | January 16, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"I play for the Logo"


Posted by: Slava | January 16, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Great bit, AO is "a card" as usual!

Posted by: OldChelsea | January 17, 2008 5:00 AM | Report abuse

Nice stuff, Dan. Great to have this inside look at these clowns. Bravo!

Posted by: The Horn Guy | January 17, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Good post! Maybe you can find out why they don't have a picture of Quintin Laing to put up on the scoreboard...

Posted by: Caps Nut | January 17, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Quality entertainment from nothing but the facts, and a theme song to boot!

Rock on BOG!

Posted by: Goat | January 17, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"No, [Im not a good cook] Im a good barbequer, though."
Haha Laing is awesome. Thanks for the story, good stuff.

Posted by: captnclark | January 17, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goat, you made the Times today along with Horn Guy.

For the logo, heheheh. What else would Alex say? FYI, the Sesto Senso thing is because Morrison's gf works there, or so I've been told.

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