Media Guide NuggetsPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
September is the busiest month of the year for those of us in the game of hockey. The work days are long because there is much to be done, and there are no days off. (Well, maybe one.) One of the reasons for our long days of toil is the annual media guide. Caps manager of media relations Ben Guerrero has the unenviable task of being at the forefront of this weighty project, one that stretches over most of the summer. Believe me when I tell you that you can’t imagine his relief when the gig is finally completed and the files sent for compilation. The NHL has clear guidelines of what is expected from each team in the form of a media guide, and fines are levied to teams whose books are late. You don’t want to be “that guy.” One of my annual chores is giving the guide a once-over when it’s finished. When I am going through it, I am looking for errors/mistakes for sure, but also for small nuggets of interest. Here are a few I gleaned in this year’s reading. Alexander Semin is 76 points shy of cracking the Caps’ all-time top 10 in scoring. He is five goals away from entering the team’s top 10 in that category. Alex Ovechkin is third all-time on Caps’ list in goals and points, but won’t be able to surpass either of the two players ahead of him in 2011-12. Ovechkin enters the season with 98 career power play goals, tied with Mike Gartner for second on the team’s all-time ledger. He trails only Peter Bondra (137). Ovechkin’s 52 game-winning goals are two behind Gartner for second all-time, trailing only Bondra (73). With a 41-assist season in 2011-12, Nicklas Backstrom would crack the team’s all-time top 10 in helpers. Backstrom’s career plus-90 is second all-time, trailing only Rod Langway (plus-117). Among all goaltenders ever drafted by the Caps, Michal Neuvirth is already third in career wins (38). He trails only Olie Kolzig (301) and Jim Carey (70). Bruce Boudreau enters season with 189 career wins, three fewer than Ron Wilson had behind Washington bench. Only Bryan Murray (343) currently has more victories than Wilson as a Washington bench boss. Those are just a few that I took note of; there are plenty more to be had for sure. Soon, .pdf files of all 30 NHL media guides and the NHL’s Guide and Record Book (the “fat” book) will be added to my laptop. Another sure sign that another season is finally upon us.
With eight players having been cut since Washington’s 3-2 loss in Chicago on Friday, the Capitals are now down to just 29 players remaining in camp. The Caps haven’t reached the midway point of the pre-season schedule, but they’ve got just six more cuts to make. The week ahead holds four pre-season