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Flashback Friday: Ollie The Goalie in 2006

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Flashing back to March 4th in 2006, fan favorite Ollie Kolzig takes a break at the bench during an away game at the Atlanta Thrashers Phillips Arena.I personally loved his masks, but surprisingly some didn’t.Check out more about Ollie here and about “Athletes Against Autism” which he founded with Scott Mellanby and Byron DeFoe.Bookmark and ShareCreative Commons images by are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Caps First Win Ever!

By Rodger M. Wood


My 8-year old son Tommy and I were anxious to see our first ever Washington Capitals game at the new state of the art Capital Centre on Wednesday, October 16, 1974.It was the Caps second home game in their inaugural 1974-75 season and the opponents were the dreaded Chicago Blackhawks, who had won the Stanley Cup as recently as two years before.I didn’t know at the time if I was wanted to see our star players, 40-year old Doug Mohns, goalie Ron Low, and Tommy Williams of 1960 USA Olympic Team fame, as much as I wanted to see famed Blackhawks, HOF center, Stan Mikita, forward Dennis Hull, and goalie Tony Esposito.


All that became unimportant once we entered the Capital Centre, looked around to see the big crowd, many of whom came right from work and were still in suits, skyboxes, which were a new phenomena, and our seats behind the visitors bench, where you could see all of the action up close. I was used to sitting in the nose bleed sections at old Detroit Olympia Stadium, and did not know what to do when I did not have to use my handkerchief once there at the Capital Centre.The fans were excited by Caps forward Denis Dupere’s two clutch goals, which put us in a 3-3 tie until the third period when Caps Jack Egers finished the Blackhawks off 4-3.


I recall poor Ivan Labre getting into a rumpus with massive Dale Talton, who I thought was going to put our guy in the hospital, but the rugged defenseman Labre always did show a lot of heart and that is why his jersey hangs from the rafters at the Verizon Centre today.I wonder if we would have had as much enthusiasm if we knew our guys were on their way to a dismal NHL record setting 8 – 67 – 5 season and 21-points overall. We would win only 7 more times after that game that season. But truly none of that mattered, as finally, we at last had hockey, whether it was good or bad, in our nation’s capital.Bookmark and Share

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Memorabilia Collecting Experiences in Detroit during the 1950s

by Jack CrossRecently Rodger asked me if I still had any of my hockey autographs and pictures from my boyhood years and if so, would I copy and send them on to him for The Capital Power Play. He also asked if I would write a short piece about how he and I collected these items back in Detroit when we were youngsters living in the same neighborhood.Back in 1950 I began by at first collecting just baseball cards and later football cards. About 1953 Rodger introduced me to writing to the players to request their autographs either on gum cards or asking a player to send a signed postcard. After the football season had ended, we started writing to the hockey players (especially the Red Wings) to keep our interest going before baseball started back up in the spring. This is how I came to have these hockey players which are posted on the site. Jack Adams was then the GM of the Red Wings and he was very accommodating. I would send him a sheet of typing paper with the title of the RED WINGS at the top and he would get all the players to sign it. I would then paste as many pictures that I could find of the players whose signatures were on this sheet. We used to also get autographs of the players outside of their locker rooms when they would come out to board a team bus. It was great fun and I still enjoy looking through my collection today. I hope you might also find it a bit interesting to see these old time pictures yourself.I’ll add a bit of an addendum here to explain my entire collection. In 1972 Rodger paid me a visit from his home in Sterling Virginia to my current home of Dallas. We talked about old times and he rekindled my interest in again collecting cards and autographs of the current players. I did this for about three or four years before I gave it up. Collecting became more of a business rather than a hobby and players started charging for their autographs. People were always asking what something was worth. The fun of collecting became less, so I just quit. I retired in 1999 and with the extra time I had, I started to organize my entire collection. I separated all the sports: baseball, football and hockey and within each sport I further separated each team in to albums. So, in hockey I separated the six NHL teams of that time: the Red Wings, the Bruins, the Blackhawks, the Rangers, the Maple Leafs and the Canadians. Since I didn’t have that much hockey material, I could fit it all into one album Today I still get pleasure out of perusing through my collection and thinking back to all the fun we each had.

April 4, 2010 - 8:03 pm

Phil Walenga - Wow, this is a great site. Congratulations on your work. I love the old cards and the layout of this site. Since we moved from Northern VA back home to Michigan, I have been enjoying the Wings. I look forward to a possible rematch with Caps (remember 98′), especially since the Wings are on a hot streak! When we lived in Northern VA. I took my sons to a game or so, way up in the balcony, but it was still great fun! Good luck Roger and Tom!! Let’s Go Red Wings, Let’s Go Red Wings,….

Flashback Friday: Caps Share Fallen Hero

By Rodger M. Wood

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The Caps also have a fallen hero. Garnet Edward “Ace” Bailey, who died when United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City during the September 11 attacks, played left wing for the Caps from the 1974-1978.Ace tried calling his wife 4 times unsuccessfully on the Flight 175 from a phone in row 32 when he had been seated at takeoff in row 6.“Ace,” as he was fondly called by the Capital Centre fans, came over to the Caps from the St. Louis Blues 49 games into the Caps’ inaugural 1974-75 season and what turned out to be his best NHL scoring season with 19 goals, 39 assists, 52 points. In 22 games with the Caps that season, he scored 4 goals and 13 assists.The left winger quickly won fans over with his intense, determined style of play on the ice and his gracious, smiling and ready to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans style off. He was a very popular Capitals player right away.A team player, he usually helped his teammates win on or off the ice. As a junior hockey player, he won a Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1966, and later as a NHLer, Stanley Cups with teammates, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972.He also got his name on the Stanley Cup in 1985, 1987, and 1990 while a scout with the Edmonton Oilers.During the 1978-79 while a member of the WHA Edmonton Oilers, he mentored young Wayne Gretzky.In 568 games in 10 NHL seasons, he scored 107 goals, and 171 assists.Tragedy, however, followed in his footsteps as his father Irvine Bailey, star forward for Toronto in the 1920s and 1930s, was cross checked from behind, almost killed, and had his career ended by Eddie Shore when he was 30.Ace was Director of Pro Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings living in Lynnfield Massachusetts at the time of his death.

April 3, 2010 - 6:27 pm

Scott Kletke - That’s interesting… as a Toronto native I am more aware of his father ‘Ace” Bailey who as you said was cross checked by Eddie Shore. It was tragic to learn about his son… sniff.ThanksScott