Tom Wilson, Caps prospects and the One Direction movie

November 21, 2013

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If you don’t care about the movie habits of 19-year-old hockey players, stop reading.

For a week in July, the Caps hosted a team of young hockey players for development camp. The players ranged in age from 18 to 23, and the younger ones found a wholesome way to spend a night off.

During a call with Holden and Danny on 106.7 earlier in the season, Caps rookie Tom Wilson mentioned a group trip to see the One Direction movie “One Direction: This Is Us,” a curious decision for guys’ night out.

“I can’t remember whose decision it was,” Wilson told me. “It was during development camp, so there were a lot of junior players out there. I think it was one of the guys from out west. But the guys were going and I really had nothing to do, so I went over to Chandler Stephenson’s room and the guys were headed out, so I went with them, open minded. It was okay. It was entertaining.”

Wilson said he tried to convince the group to see something else, to no avail.

“I definitely was like, ‘Is there anything else we can see?’” he laughed. “But it was a Tuesday night or something and nothing was going on. No good releases out, so we saw that.”

The group apparently rolled pretty deep, and the image of a dozen hockey players bonding over One Direction is something I hope at least one of them photographed for posterity.

“There was probably 10 to 12 guys,” Wilson said. “There was no one else in the theater. A lot of the guys saw the Justin Bieber movie and said that was cool. It was cool to see their lifestyle because it’s so unique. They’re gods in Europe, and over here, even. It was definitely cool to see their life, and how they live day-to-day, but I wouldn’t buy the DVD.”

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