Originally written January 14, 2013 on On Frozen Blog:
Despite varying systems and styles of play, hockey is something of a universal language. D.C., meanwhile, can take some adjusting to. Take rent prices. That’s what new Capitals forward Joey Crabb found most surprising about the location of his latest team—and he’s lived in both Chicago and Toronto. “This doesn’t even compare to them,” Crabb says of D.C.’s high rent, though he adds he likes the city. New Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen, meanwhile, is adjusting to the traffic. “Man, it’s congested out here,” Hillen says. “I come from the suburbs of Minneapolis—it’s not that congested. I can get to downtown in 25 minutes on a heavy day.” His locker stall at Kettler may not be much better when it comes to congestion, as the newbie sits next to fellow defenseman Karl Alzner—whose ability to turn a good quote on any subject means Hillen’s stall is prime real estate for media overflow. As a newcomer, Hillen explains how it’s helpful for him that the guy calling the shots beh
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