The Washington Capitals are happy to be back in the playoffs after missing out last season.
So happy, in fact, that the team commissioned some...unique gear for the occassion. This year, the Caps introduced an "Honest Abe" player of the game award amongst teammates. They took it further on Tuesday, leading into this week's first-round series against the Islanders.
But unfortunately, Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Welp.
The concept here is cool: the back of the T-shirt reads "together" in the team's three languages: English, Russian and Swedish. Alex Ovechkin appears to be extremely quotable. Head coach Barry Trotz (who is Canadian and probably gets a pass) said he had no idea about April 14's historical significance, though.
Trotz got the Honest Abe shirt and hat too. Said reporters couldn't have them. Didn't know today was the anniversary of Lincoln getting shot— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 14, 2015
The national tragedy might be slightly less of a big deal 150 years later, but...it's worth pointing out, at least.
Defenseman Karl Alzner seemed to be enjoying his new stuff, regardless.
Alzner on the hats: "It’s always fun when you get a new little toy to have."— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 14, 2015
Me: "Hats are toys?"
Alzner: "Kinda. It’s fun to play with."
As for the whole wolf thing, we don't get it either.
- Jeremy Woo