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Posted at 4:17 PM ET, 02/17/2011

The guys in presidents' masks at the Caps game

By Dan Steinberg

(By Debora Robinson - NHLI via Getty)

Early Thursday morning, I asked who the guys were in presidents' masks at this week's Caps-Ducks game. Because the Internet is wonderful, by Thursday afternoon, I had my answer.

"We live in Los Angeles, and we're all crazy hockey fans who play regularly in the L.A. area," answered JFK, who asked that their real names not be used so that they wouldn't be forever Googleable as hockey-loving beer-drinking rubber-masked-wearing presidents. He did send me a convincing photo of them at a different party as proof of his authenticity.

Anyhow, last Halloween, JFK and Ronald Reagan walked into a costume store, tried on the masks and instantly became popular among their fellow customers. So that seemed like a good omen, and they bought the masks. Later that weekend, they won first prize in a costume contest. And since they and their friends are hockey fanatics, they came up with this idea to add Nixon, Clinton and Obama to the mix, and then to rent a limo and roll up to Caps-Ducks game. Just because. That Washington's visit to Anaheim nearly coincided with President's Day was just a happy coincidence.

So, are these guys Ducks fans? Transplanted Caps fans? East Coast travelers who wanted to make a statement about the inherent meaninglessness of the President's Trophy?

Yeah, not really. Individually, they root for the Canadiens, Leafs, Flames and Kings. It was another coincidence that they happened to be seated near a big block of Caps fans on Wednesday night. But they went right down to the glass during warmups and made their presence known, and JFK told me that they definitely got double-takes from Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Mike Knuble and others. After the game, they did what you'd expect of presidents, shaking hands and rubbing shoulders and the whole bit.

"I was by the guys dressed as presidents during warmups and they were funny the whole time," e-mailed Chris, a Caps fan who was at the game and passed along the photo below. "I wasn't sure [if I should be] entertained or scared by five guys in masks initially, but they were in good form throughout and got a lot of funny looks from the players, especially Perreault and occasionally Ovechkin."

"I sat directly behind the Presidents and they stole the show," e-mailed Matt, another Caps fan who was at the game. "Everyone went over to take pictures and they were not only funny but rather respectful of everyone around them. Funny thing, though; it was just my brother and I and I was expecting to sit next to Ducks fans the whole game, and [instead] sat next to a few presidents and Caps fans."

So call it a weird success, all in all.

"Sadly, I don't think we made it on SportsCenter or anything, but we've been surfacing on blogs and sports sites," JFK wrote. "We had a blast and we MIGHT have to return for the next Caps game in L.A."

(And yes, their Halloween get-ups were inspired by Point Break.)

By Dan Steinberg  | February 17, 2011; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  Caps  
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Is Reagan drinking his beer through a straw?

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 17, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Is Reagan drinking his beer through a straw?

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 17, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Four presidents and Stevie Wonder?

Posted by: mike8 | February 17, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, we know that Reagan was a Kings fan, especially after leaving the White House (Gretzky was at his burial).

Though our Wonderful, Gracious, and Peace Loving Dear Leader would only show up at a game if the Blackhawks were playing, probably wearing a Blackhawks cap.

Posted by: CapsNut | February 17, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

And who says Keanu Reeves doesn't inspire great things? Mike8 - too funny!

Posted by: creasesinger | February 17, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

As someone who owns a Nixon mask, ShariLeigh131, I can confirm that those things are very difficult to drink through without a straw.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 17, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone should do a movie about these guys robbing a hockey arena filled with fans.

Posted by: bbmcoachk | February 18, 2011 5:43 AM | Report abuse

No Ford
No Carter
No Bush41 or Bush43.

Still, I like it. Takes guts to wear a rubber mask throughout a hockey game.

Now, whatever happened to the Capstronaut? Like him or not, I think he might have been a good-luck charm.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 18, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Funny stuff. We need a president mask night at the VC.

Posted by: CF11555 | February 18, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Funny stuff. We need a president mask night at the VC.

Posted by: CF11555 | February 18, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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