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Daily Washington Capitals News and Notes: Hershey hires female video coach Emily Engel-Natzke, the latest return-to-play news, a new Caps calendar and more.

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  • The big news out of Hershey yesterday: the Bears have hired Emily Engel-Natzke as their video coach. Engel-Natzke is the first ever female coach in the Washington Capitals organization. Congratulations, Emily! [WaPo, NHL, NoVa Caps, RMNB,]
  • The NHL Board of Governors and the NHLPA Executive Board held conference calls yesterday to discuss the return-to-play plan for the 2020-2021 season. Although commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned the possibility of smaller hub cities just a few days ago, it is looking more and more likely that teams will in fact be playing in their home arenas. [NoVa Caps, TSN, Sportsnet]
  • The Capitals announced their Breaking The Ice hockey program yesterday, which will provide low-cost street hockey equipment to first-time hockey players in the DC area and feature an instructional video series led by the Black-owned nonprofit Dc Mamba. [NHL, NBC Washington]
  • Henrik Lundqvist unveiled his new Caps goalie mask yesterday and guys...just look.
  • In lieu of their traditional Canine Calendar, the Caps released their 2021 Caps at Home calendar yesterday. It features photos of every player and their families at home, and don’t worry, there are still plenty of doggos to be seen. All proceeds from calendar sales will benefit the MSE Foundation. [NHL, RMNB]
  • Alex Ovechkin is due for a new contract at the end of next season, whenever that may be. How much should the Caps pay him? Hint: no amount of money is too much. [NBCSW]
  • I know it’s still November of 2020, but in case you’re already looking ahead to the 2021 trade deadline, here are some players the Capitals could target. [NoVa Caps]
  • Speaking of looking ahead, here are some early predictions for the Capitals next season. [StarsandSticks]
  • Can Caps’ top prospect Connor McMichael crack the roster next season? The 19-year-old forward says, “I’m ready for the challenge.” [Athletic ($)]
  • Plenty of teams have been busy this offseason, but which ones have flown under the radar with their stellar moves? [ESPN+ ($)]
  • The NHL Return to Play committee has expanded to 16 players as the league prepares for the upcoming season and the challenges it poses. [TSN]
  • The Ivy League announced yesterday that they have cancelled all winter sports for the 2020-2021 season, the latest domino in the sports world to fall due to the pandemic. [ESPN]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to Patrik Augusta and happy birthday to Brenden Dillon, who turns the big 3-0 today!