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Three Things We Learned In Week 17 Of The NHL Season

From the Capitals honoring black alumni to shenanigans in Las Vegas, the first week of February in the NHL gave us plenty of topics to talk about.

The first week of February gave us plenty of hijinks from All-Star weekend and the Washington Capitals kicking off Black History Month in a big way:

The Washington Capitals honor their black heritage 

When it comes to the history of the Washington Capitals, you're telling an incomplete story if you're not getting into the impact that Black players have had on the franchise. From the likes of Mike Marson and Bill Riley in the 1970s and 1980s to the likes Joel Ward and Devante Smith-Pelley in more recent years, it's an important part of the team's legacy.

With Black History Month upon us, the team unveiled a display this past week that will showcase the history and facts of their Black alumni all year round inside the Capital One Center. 

Not only is it great to see the Capitals take a true step into educating fans on the history of the many black icons that have played for the franchise, making sure that this isn't just a one-month display is massive. 

Honoring Black history in the game of hockey is a thing that has to be done year-round and not just when February rolls around.

Carrot Top made sure mascots were relaxed

The All-Star weekend is always a fun tradition, even if the actual hockey action can be a bit of a snoozer.

A long-time staple of the Vegas comedy scene, Carrot Top – yes THAT Carrot Top – now has the hands to work the aching shoulders of the likes of Carlton the Bear and NJ Devil. To be honest, every mascot in this video looked like they could use the tension worked out of them – keeping fans entertained is hard work. 

Much praise has to be given back to the mascots for returning the favor for Mr. Top at the end of the video. 

Dylan Larkin: Man of Sunglasses 

Dylan Larkin pulled off an amazing homage to The Hangover rocking sunglasses during warmups for the All-Star Game.

But did you know they weren't just any sunglasses that he put on? 

Turns out the glasses that Larkin swiped from the Devils had a little more function than just your typical shades thanks to having a hidden camera in them. We need this to be a more permanent function in hockey moving forward.

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