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Capital Knowledge: Getting to Know the Washington Caps

Before hockey season started heating up, On Tap took some time to catch up with the Caps. We picked the brains of eight players about their time spent off the ice, and what profession they might have pursued if not hockey. Read on for the inside scoop on these players’ hobbies and aspirations.

How do you spend your time off the ice?

#83 Jay Beagle
Right wing
“Golfing and playing with my kids”
#4 Taylor Chorney
Defenseman
“As a first-time dad [with] a six-month-old boy, pretty much all my time away from the rink is with my son and my wife. If I have some free time, I’m a pretty relaxed guy. I’ll usually put on the TV and relax, or sit outside and read a book. When I’m away from the rink, I try to keep it pretty chill.”
#10 Brett Connolly
Right wing
“I’m from Canada, and there’s a bunch of lakes where I’m from, so I like to go up to the lake and spend time on the water.”
#16 Stanislav Galiev
Right wing
“I just hang out at home and rest. In the offseason, I go golfing, see my family and friends, and just get away from hockey for a little bit. It’s usually mental rest.”
#42 Brad Malone
Center
“I think it’s more of just a relaxation time, especially in the summer. I like to get out on the golf course or out on the lake as much as possible.”
#88 Nate Schmidt
Defenseman
“I like being outdoors – hunting, fishing, that kind of stuff. I golf a little bit. I like to play with dogs.”
#43 Tom Wilson
Right wing
“I enjoy time at the cottage in the summer, hanging out with friends and going to movies. I’m a big movie guy.”
#26 Daniel Winnik
Left wing
“Golfing”

If you weren’t a professional  hockey player, what would  you do for a living?

#83 Jay Beagle
“Professional motocross”
#4 Taylor Chorney
“I probably would be working with my dad. He owns his own company, and I would assume that I probably would have taken a little bit more of an interest in that and tried to learn the business a bit more.”
#10 Brett Connolly
“I think I would probably still be doing something in sports – maybe sports psychology or something along those lines.”
#16 Stanislav Galiev
“I probably would try to be a professional soccer player.”
#42 Brad Malone
“You’d like to think that hopefully you’d still be around the game somehow. Maybe a firefighter or something along the lines of working for a team.”
#88 Nate Schmidt
“I’d be a professional hunter, or a professional taste tester. I love playing baseball, so maybe a bullpen catcher.”
#43 Tom Wilson
“Hopefully, I’d be in something in the medical field applied to sports.”
#26 Daniel Winnik
“I would be working with my friend Art Vandale in importing and exporting.”

Photos courtesy of the Washington Capitals