Matt Stephen

Matt Stephen is a writer, not a fighter. He is both a beer and fantasy league veteran and has written about hockey online and in print for The Hockey News. He now covers the spectrum from the White House to Mike Green. He carries a picture of Ovechkin in his wallet.

Recent Articles by Matt

screen shot from 1988's Ice Hockey for the NES

The Evolution of the Hockey Video Game

With another contentious NHL lockout looming, fans will be searching for something to fill the hockey void. For some of us, the best way to do that is by getting […]

by · August 31, 2012 · 6 comments · News
First Indoor Hockey Game Played in 1875

The Origins of the Modern Rink

They are everywhere. Nine dots, five circles, two trapezoids, six lines, 200 feet long, 85 feet wide, and at each corner have a radius of 28 feet. Not to be […]

Washington Capitals Leave Stingrays to Partner With Reading Royals

Washington Capitals Leave Stingrays to Partner With Reading Royals

The eight-year marriage between the Washington Capitals/Hershey Bears and the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays has come to an end. The Bears and Capitals are cutting ties with their affiliate and […]

by · July 10, 2012 · 1 comment · AHL, News, Washington Capitals
Vokoun was traded to the Penguins for a 7th round pick (Tom Turk / THW)

Tomas Vokoun Traded to the Penguins, Signs Two-Year Contract

Tomas Vokoun had made it clear that he would not be returning to the Washingon Capitals next year, so it was really only a matter of time before he was […]

by · June 4, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
Ilya Kovalchuk was one of Lamoriello's bold moves (Icon SMI)

Kovalchuk is What Ovechkin Needs To Be

Alexander Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk have something in common. They are both left wingers from Russia who were drafted first overall and signed to over decade-long contracts. Strangely enough they […]

Hockey Handshake Etiquette: Then and Now

Hockey Handshake Etiquette: Then and Now

When you really look at it, the NHL is its own little weird universe. The playoffs have enough customs and traditions to make up a whole new cultural experience in […]

Who will be behind the bench? (Tom Turk/THW)

The Week in Washington: A ReCap

The Capitals and Bears Renew Vows To the uninitiated the Hershey Bears may sound like some sort of chocolate-candy confection, but the Bears are (and will continue to be) the […]

by · May 24, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News, Washington Capitals
Ovechkin and Semin share a laugh during warmup (

Alex Semin’s time in Washington and the reason he will be back

July 1st is creeping closer and everyone is wondering where Alex Semin’s heart lies. It’s hard to read Semin, who struggles with the English language and has never been a […]

(Andy Martin Jr/The Hockey Writers)

UFAs Spotted Over Washington

What can be said for the Washington Capitals 2012 Cup drive? It was a team effort. They got OT winners from fourth liners, divvied up ice time so that everybody […]

by · May 16, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News, Player Profiles, Washington Capitals
Hunter in 1989 with the Capitals. (hockeymedia/Flickr)

Dale Hunter is Going Home

All the speculation was spot on – Dale Hunter is headed back to London, Ontario. Hunter announced early Monday morning that he will be stepping down as the head coach […]

by · May 14, 2012 · 1 comment · News, Washington Capitals
GM George McPhee seethes as the Caps lose in Game 7 (@matt71royer)

The Washington Capitals Autopsy

Get out the Kleenex, it’s over. It’s hard for the Washington Capitals not to ask “what if?” What if Joel Ward didn’t take a high sticking double minor in game […]

by · May 13, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Washington Capitals
Molson has taken over the NHL beer sponsorship from Labatt for a mere $375 million

The Capitals/Rangers Game 7 Drinking Game

We’re finally here. Tonight is Game Seven of an exceptionally tense series. What better way to celebrate undoubtedly the most entertaining of Round Two than with a toast to close […]

by · May 12, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Humor, New York Rangers, Washington Capitals