On Tuesday afternoon, the Medstar Capitals Iceplex was invaded by an army of good boys and an incredibly adorable floof named Arthur for the Capitals’ annual dog calendar photoshoot.
To raise funds and awareness for less fortunate animals, the Capitals have partnered with Wolf Trap Animal Rescue to produce this year’s canine calendar. This year’s edition will be available for purchase later this year for $20 and proceeds will benefit both WTAR and the MSE Foundation.
As in the past, some players brought their families and pets to participate, while others were paired up with some of WTAR’s rescue animals.
The creative directors for this year’s shoot were Taylor Wilson, Annie van Riemsdyk and Paige Dowd. They helped coordinate fire throughout the day and managed to keep order in all the chaos.
Below you will find my photos of the day and some information about the puppies and kittens that participated.
The Definitive List of Dog Names
These are the dogs the Capitals players own and brought from home to participate in the photo shoot. We thought you might want to know.
Alex Ovechkin: Blake
Tom Wilson: hall
Dylan Strom: benny
John Carlson: Elijah
Connor Brown: Tucker
Charlie Lindgren: Riley
Darcy Kuemper: Thug
Conor Sheary: Louie (darker) and Brady (lighter)
Trevor van Riemsdyk: Dwight
Lars Eller: Cherry
Yevgeny Kuznetsov: Peppa
Connor McMichael: Knight
Capitals team dog and fan favorite Biscuit made a solo appearance before the team joined the wave to pose with their fluffy friends.
Alex Ovechkin with his dog Blake
Ovi also couldn’t help but check on the other rescue dogs before filming.
Evgeny Kuznetsov with his bulldog Peppa
Dmitry Orlov holds a WTAR cat
Back home, Orlov has a Bengal cat named Joy, so he was given the Romance kitten for the photo shoot.
Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson Hold WTAR Puppies
Nicklas Backstrom cuddled up with Chapel, a 10-week-old beagle, while Marcus Johansson held an 11-week-old heel/beagle mix named Salted Chocolate Caramel.
Lars Eller, Connor McMichael and Joe Snively
Lars Eller held his adorable little dog, Cherry, while his daughter, Sophia, was paired with the WTAR Anguilla puppy, an eight-week-old shepherd mix. Joe Snively posed with Andaman and Auckland Island, eight-week-old shepherd mixes, while Connor McMichael posed with Knight – named after his junior hockey team, the London Knights.
Dylan Strome with his dog Benny
Connor Brown with his dog Tucker
Guardians Darcy Kuemper with Snape and Charlie Lindgren with Riley
John Carlson with his dog Ellie
Aliaksei Protas with a WTAR puppy
Protas is seen here holding Bachelor Party, a seven-week-old boxer/shepherd mix.
Conor Sheary with his dog Brady
Martin Fehervary with a WTAR puppy
Fehervary posed with La Sola, a four-month-old bulldog mix. She was rescued from a Mississippi shelter.
Trevor van Riemsdyk with his dog Dwight
Taylor Wilson with a WTAR Puppy
Taylor here is seen with Bachelor Party.
The Wilsons with their dog Halle
Tom also made a point of posing with Little Brother, a three-legged dog who they would like to help find a home for.
For more information on how to adopt or help these animals in need, you can visit the Wolf Trap Animal Rescues website here.
Photos: Alan Dobbins/MRNB