navigation-background arrow-down-circle Reply Icon Show More Heart Delete Icon wiki-circle wiki-square wiki arrow-up-circle add-circle add-square add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up calendar-circle chat-bubble-2 chat-bubble check-circle check close contact-us credit-card drag menu email embed facebook-circle facebook-square facebook faq-circle faq film gear google-circle google-square google history home instagram-circle instagram-square instagram linkedin-circle linkedin-square linkedin load monitor Video Player Play Icon person pinterest-circle pinterest-square pinterest play readlist remove-circle remove-square remove search share sign-out star trailer trash twitter-circle twitter-square twitter youtube-circle youtube-square youtube

Capitals Players Participate in 2018 Caps Canine Calendar Photo Shoot

October 26, 2017
Washington Capitals players participated in the 2018 Capitals Canine Calendar photo shoot to benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Oct. 23.

#CapsCanineCalendar Photo Shoot

Players photographed included  Nicklas BackstromMadison BoweyAlex ChiassonChristian DjoosTyler GraovacPhilipp GrubauerBraden HoltbyEvgeny KuznetsovAaron NessDmitry OrlovDevante Smith-PellyJakub VranaNathan Walker and  Tom Wilson with dogs available for adoption through Homeward Trails.  Jay BeagleJohn CarlsonTaylor ChorneyBrett ConnollyLars EllerMatt NiskanenBrooks OrpikT.J. Oshie and  Alex Ovechkin were photographed with their own dogs.

Capitals defenseman John Carlson adopted his dog, Bronco, from Homeward Trails in 2014.

"We got into adopting a shelter dog because we were fostering a bunch of dogs first," Carlson said. "Eventually we found one for us and that was our way to help. We fell in love with Bronco and had to keep him. Homeward Trails is a great organization so we're happy to come out and do the photoshoot to help them with their cause."

Players showcased their personal style in the photos. Photography services were donated by  Virgil Ocampo Photography

A limited number of 2018 Caps Canine Calendars will be available for $20 beginning Friday, Nov. 24, when the Capitals host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Calendars will be available for purchase at the team stores at Capital One Arena and Kettler Capitals Iceplex. They will also be available at team store stands throughout the arena and online.

One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Homeward Trails is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the Mid-Atlantic region for dogs and cats from high-kill shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. They seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes. For more information on Homeward Trails, visit


"This particular effort supports our medical funds," said Sue Bell, Homeward Trails executive director. "That helps us take in and care for over 200 dogs who come to us with treatable injuries and illnesses that are generally very expensive. Those are the dogs who are generally left behind to be euthanized - so without these efforts, 200 fewer dogs would be helped. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to save the lives of those dogs."

The Capitals have raised nearly $182,000 for Homeward Trails through sales of the Canine Calendar since 2014.