(Jonathan Newton/Washington Post) Rival mascots scoping out the competition on a Verizon Center elevator.

 

Thursday night, for the first time in nearly seven months, Verizon Center was home to a professional hockey game. Rather than the usual NHL fare, though, it was the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears facing off against the Norfolk Admirals, reminding those in attendance once again that it might be awhile before they see the Capitals play on F Street.

In my story in Friday’s paper, which you can check out in full here, I talked to several fans at the AHL showcase about the bittersweet feeling of being back in Verizon Center — but not for the main attraction.

More fans in attendance for the Bears-Admirals game voiced their frustration about the lockout to Post videographer Whitney Shefte. Check out what they had to say: