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New Capitals Book On the Way from Beat Writer Ted Starkey

Ted Starkey, one of the Washington Capitals’ beat writers for the Washington Times, was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about a new book he is authoring on the Capitals: Transition Game: The Story of the 2010-11 Washington Capitals.

PH: So, you’re writing a book on last year’s version of the Washington Capitals. What are you looking to tell the readers about last year’s team?
TS: The book is a slice of life book, chronicling one of 30 stories in the National Hockey League. The book starts in Hershey as three key prospects - defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson, along with goaltender Michal Neuvirth - help the Bears rally from a 2-0 deficit against the Texas Stars to capture the Cup. The story then progresses through an NHL off-season and an up-and-down campaign that spanned from the highs of winning the Winter Classic and the top seed in the Eastern Conference to the lows of an eight-game losing streak that had Bruce Boudreau apparently wondering about his future.

It’s intended to show the long journey from camp to season’s conclusion, and all the sweat and effort that goes into an NHL season.

PH: What gave you the idea to write a book on the 2010-11 Capitals? What makes that team so intriguing to write about?
TS: From the end of the 2009-10 season, it was clearly going to be a different year in Washington with the Capitals being selected to play in the Winter Classic, which was made even more pronounced with the HBO series “24/7.” The mid-season regular-season game really began to overshadow the team well before the puck was dropped in Pittsburgh, and the change in playing style in the middle of filming.

I actually thought of the idea before the playoffs even began back in March. There were a lot of unique storylines to the team, and one that fans got to know a little of during the reality series. Thanks to some other good local writers and bloggers, I took my year’s worth of material and blended it with theirs, and also added some of the light shed on the team in the series to create a good picture of the club through the highs - and lows - of the season.

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An e-mail interview with a Washington Capitals Writer - Ted Starkey

This evening, I was lucky enough to do an e-mail interview with a writer who covers the Washington Capitals for The Washington Times, Ted Starkey.

Starkey has covered the game for awhile under various outlets and was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into the game, how he got into covering the game, and his thoughts on this year’s edition of the Caps.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
TS: My father was from Buffalo, and he had played hockey growing up, so he took me to a Capitals-Sabres game in 1980 at the old Capital Centre when I was eight, and I was hooked. I ended up starting to play when a year later in Fairfax, Va., and then ended up playing travel hockey for the Northern Virginia Hockey Club through high school.

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