$1 Hot Dogs – Ovechkin – Caps Injury Update (Updated)

December 02, 2008 | Ed Frankovic

$1 Hot Dogs on Thursday Night for Caps Game

Well it isn’t exactly ten cent beer night, as was tried back in Cleveland in 1974 for baseball, but I have a feeling this promotion will go much better! The Washington Capitals will host their second annual Dollar Dog Night, presented by Esskay, on Thursday, Dec. 4, when the team takes on the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center. Hot dogs will be on sale for $1 at concession stands throughout the arena.

The evening is also a Student Rush Night presented by Chipotle, featuring special ticket pricing for students who purchase tickets at the Verizon Center box office (with a valid student ID) beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The best available upper level seats are priced at $15, while lower level preferred seats are available for $35 during the Student Rush. Each Student Rush ticket comes with a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito.

The Capitals will host two hot dog eating contests this year. The second annual Caps Collegiate Hot Dog Eating Contest, which will take place on the concourse around 6:15 p.m., features contestants representing several local colleges and universities. The “Black Widow” Sonya Thomas, one of the top-ranked competitive eaters in the world, will be on hand to train the contestants taking part in the challenge. She will also judge the competition and meet with fans on the concourse prior to the game.

The second hot dog eating contest will take place at the top of section 104-105 and include local celebrity contestants. Word has it that a very familiar WNST personality might be taking part in the contest! Yes, I’m talking about our own Nestor Aparacio who has been invited to participate and will be working on his appetite the next several days in preparation for this event. Being a Baltimore guy Nestor has probably downed hundreds of Esskay “Oriole” franks in his life so I am counting on him to make a strong showing. I’ll be on hand cheering him on.

Also invited to participate are Jorge Alfaro (from ESPN 980 and ESPN Deportes), Kyle Benham (from DC101’s Elliot in the Morning show), Matt “Drab” Cahill (from WJFK’s Big O and Dukes Show), Brian Egan (WMZQ on-air personality), John Keeley (from On Frozen Blog) and the “Black Widow.”

Capitals’ mascot Slapshot and members of the team’s promotional staff will be on campus at several local colleges and universities this week to promote Dollar Dog Night and distribute free hot dogs and flyers to students.

Note: Hot dogs will be available for $1 while supplies last with a limit of four dogs per transaction.

Ovechkin is NHL First Star for November

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 25 points in November, has been named the league’s First Star of the Month, the NHL announced today. Ovechkin is the second consecutive Capital to earn the league’s top monthly honor, as Alexander Semin was the First Star in October.

Ovechkin’s 25 points in 14 games included 11 goals and a +9 rating as he recorded points in 11 of 14 games and goals in nine of 14. Before Saturday Ovechkin recorded points in 10 straight games with 22 points (11g-11a) in that time, which was the longest active streak in the league

Ovechkin has now won the NHL’s Player of the Month or First Star of the Month four times (Jan. 2006, Jan. 2008, March 2008 and Nov. 2008).

Caps Injury Update

It looks like defensemen Karl Alzner is good to go for Tuesday night’s Caps game against Florida so the Caps will have six healthy defensemen. However, with forward Boyd Gordon fighting back spasms and Chris Bourque sent down to Hershey on Sunday Caps GM George McPhee will likely need to recall two forwards from Hershey to fill out the roster for the game because Alexander Semin and Sergei Fedorov are still not ready to return from injury. It is not clear who will be recalled but McPhee said that Oskar Osala will not be one of them. My guess is Graham Mink and either Bourque or Keith Aucoin but I’ll let you know as soon as the Caps announce something Tuesday morning. If only one forward is recalled then that likely means Gordon is good to go against the Panthers.

Tuesday morning Update: Only forward Graham Mink was recalled from Hershey for tonight’s game so that means Boyd Gordon will play. Florida goalie Craig Anderson is 0-3 lifetime against the Caps.