From the beginning, the Washington Capitals had an emphasis on dressing up games.
The franchise was known for its off-ice activities, and dressing up for a game was always a big part of the experience.
“If you’re going to do something, you should be dressed up,” said Capitals defenseman Alexander Ovechkin.
But, like all dressing up, there are limits.
Some nights, the game gets cold, and the dressing room can be a bit chaotic.
On the other hand, dressing up is fun for the whole family.
“I think it’s a really good way to get a little extra exercise, a little bit of socializing,” Ovehkin said.
In the Capitals’ annual dressing room party, fans can meet and greet other fans.
There are plenty of activities, including a snowmobile race, skating lessons, and a costume contest, which can take place in the arena.
“It’s a great way to meet people,” said one fan.
Some of the more popular costumes are the Capitals colors, such as blue and gold, black and gold and yellow.
“We have all these colors we can wear, and it makes the game look like a party,” said Ovek, who also wears a red and gold shirt.
“But it’s just a fun way to do it.
We have a lot of fun.”
Some fans will dress up as members of the Capitals family.
They will get to take part in games, participate in team events, and go on rides and attractions.
Other fans will be dressed as the team mascot, including mascot Prince George, the mascot from “Cats and Dogs.”
For some fans, dressing as the mascot can be the best part of dressing up.
“They’re like family, they’re like people, they have friends and they have families, and they want to do all of that, so I’m just trying to help them out and help them feel like they’re part of this family,” said T.J. O’Brien, who wears the “Hook” mask.
“The other day, I got a call from my mom and dad and I was like, ‘Mom, I’m gonna get you a new mask, I’ll get you your new mask and everything.’
So, we’re like, we’ll see you in the next game, and you’re like [to] have a mask.”
The most popular outfits for fans can be as simple as a T-shirt, a pair of jeans, and socks.
But fans will want to dress up to be a little more confident.
“People don’t know if you’re a real hockey player, they don’t really know if they want you to be one, so they’re kind of hesitant,” said Kelly O’Hara, a mother of four.
“So you need to kind of be ready to be more confident.”
But the most fun part of a dressing room game is when players and their families get together for family photo time.
“You can’t go too far away from the game,” O’Hanrahan said.
“There are going to be people around you, and there’s going to definitely be a lot to talk about, and just having a little time to relax and be with your family.”
The best part is that the family reunion is a great time to hang out with family.