Coach Bruce Boudreau has crossed paths with many players and coaches over the course of his hockey career and he usually has stories to tell about most of them.
While he didn't come into too much direct contact with Dino Ciccarelli, whom the Capitals will honor prior to tonight's matchup with the Canadiens, Boudreau did have a few things to say about the former Washington fan-favorite.
"I remember him getting called up to Minnesota the same day I was getting called up to Toronto," Boudreau said. "Just playing against him, he was one of those players that loved to score and anything loose he would get. He was dynamic at that because he loved to score. He was a feisty guy, he's one of those guys you want to have on your team."
Ciccarelli, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, only spent four seasons with the Capitals from 1988-89 to 1991-92, but even still he became one of the enduring icons of the franchise, particularly for a certain age group of fans. Ciccarelli finished his career with 608 goals and 1,200 points in 1,232 NHL games.
"When you're a smaller guy and you play hard people love you," Boudreau said. "Because they love the common man that works and that was him, add a few goals to that -- not a few 600 -- and you're going to get somebody who's going to be very very popular with the people."
Don't forget the Capitals will wear their throw-back Winter Classic jerseys for tonight's tilt against the Canadiens and that the game doesn't start until 7:30 p.m.