We dropped off a couple LLBean rolling kid suitcases to our friend Ryan, one stuffed with additional chapter books for his munchkins. I think we made him miss his shuttle. Oops.
Since it was only 11 a.m. but still too late to bother getting the kids to school for any reasonable length of time, off to Kettler Capitals IcePlex to catch the Capitals practice. Apparently it was at 10 a.m. and not 11 a.m. which makes sense on game day, but not something we checked beforehand. So as we drove up to the IcePlex rooftop parking lot, I calmly stated something along the lines of "Just in case you're wondering, that's Ovechkin in front of us" as Ovi wandered across the parking lot in all his shorts, tshirt and flipflops glory. He made his way to his car and we passed him with the windows down shouting a mix of "Good morning, Ovi!" and "Hello!" and whatever else came to mind. He turned, flashed a gappy smile and said Hey. I think Ian had a goofy smile on his face for the next hour.
Checked out the team store as we always do, and walked out with one of their new releases. For me!
(Warning: Hockey talk next)
We saw the nearly empty rink where Nicklas Backstrom was practicing. (Hopefully he'll be back in the line-up for playoffs. If we make it to playoffs. Tonight, once again is a must win game. This time it's really really must-win as we're playing the other team vying for the 8th spot.) And then Joe B. walked past us. I wish we'd stopped him and asked for a photo op. He's really short. And he and his tv partner Craig Laughlin (aka Locker) are great game announcers and have a huge fan base of their own. What I really like about them is they not only have great sense of humor, you must in order to wear Joe Bs suits in public, but they are so knowledgeable about all the teams and players they don't play strict favorites in their broadcast. We've watched broadcasts from other teams and you hear absolutely nothing about the competition, it's all about their own team, and that IMO is boring and not at all helpful for a hockey newbie like me.
So yeah. Today we nearly ran over the superstar of the Washington Capitals. And then we said Hey to Joe B. Sadly we just missed watching the Sabers practice. I would have waited in line to get Ryan Miller's signature, that's for sure.
Tonight Ian and Becca are at the Caps/Sabres game at Verizon, aka the Phone Booth.
I *heart* Kettler Capitals IcePlex. And I *heart* hockey.