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Some Maybe two of you may remember a few weeks ago when I got REALLY excited that the Norfolk Admirals had assigned the awesomely-named Luca Caputi to the Komets. I was really afraid that since they sent him down @ the beginning of a 2 week road trip and the fact that we have a revolving door on our locker room would mean that I wouldn't get to see him play in person & would be denied the chance to yell "LUCAAAAAAA CAPUUUUUUUUUTIIIIIII" loudly & obnoxiously multiple times & would therefore be sad and miserable and cry not-prettily for days.

So the boys were back in town Wednesday night & I kept refreshing the Komets official site and both team blogs religiously all day long, in fear that he would get called up 3 hours before game time. As of 5:00 PM (the game started @ 7:30), there was no word on a call-up so I joyfully made my way to the game. The team came out for warm-ups...and no Luca Caputi. After shaking my fist angrily at the gods (well, I did in my mind anyway), he FINALLY deemed it appropriate to grace us with his prescence & came out for warm-ups about 5 minutes late.

Long story short: Caputi scored 2 goals, had 10 shots on goal, got a CRAP-TON of ice time, was named the #2 star of the game and the Komets actually WON AT HOME 7-3 against our ~hated division rivals~.

I must admit, I was worried in the back of my mind that he'd have a douchetastic, superiour attitude towards the other players since he still has the faintest stench of the NHL on him, but he got along well with the other guys (even the ones who suck & should bagging groceries at Kroger's) and was the ONLY player who went back to pat our ~mentally fragile~ goalie Charlie Effinger on the head as if to prop up Effie's ego after he let in weak goals. (And since it was Effie, you can bet EVERY goal let in was a weak one.) Well played, Luca Caputi.

WARNING: Somewhat image-heavy...I'm BY NO MEANS a ~wonderful photographer~ and to top it off, I've dropped my camera one too many times & am desperate need of a new one, so don't expect too much.


Opening face-off...


He shoots! He scores!

Rock the Jungle!!!




I just wanted a shot of his name on the back of a K's jersey. For reasons.

Slip the zebra a Benjamin or two, heaven knows we could use the help staying out of the penalty box.

Back to the game...






Komets win!!! Komets win!!!



And randomly...

*Hey, arctic_comet: I did manage to take 2 pics of Ryan Lasch, if you're interested :)

*I went down to the souvenir stand during one of the intermissions and there were eight little 13-year-old girls pestering the girls at the souvenir stands for Luca Caputi t-shirts & photo buttons "because he's like, so hott". I mean, I went down there looking for a t-shirt or photo button, too, but not for that reason and even if they had them in stock, I would've waited to buy them so as not to be lumped in with a bunch of silly Beiber fans.

*Our radio announcer insists on calling him "Luca Capote". Y'know, like the guy who wrote In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's. I am going to shoot my radio one of these days.


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Dec. 14th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Glad you got to see him! He's one of the few non-Penguins that I still follow on Twitter, I usually unfollow players after they're traded or sign with another team. However, he's a Steelers fan so I keep him around to see what he has to say about them ;)
Dec. 14th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
My mom thinks I was probably the only person in the building giddy that he was playing for us lol.

I unfollowed all the NHLers I was following, except for him since I assumed he'd be in the AHL anyway. I need to check his twitter, see if he's mentioned Fort Wayne/follows any of the other guys...

Edited at 2012-12-14 08:04 pm (UTC)
Dec. 14th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
These pics are a crapload better than any of the pics I get at games. I don't know, I think they either use really stupid lighting here or I just don't know how to operate the camera, LOL... Okay, I admit that my hands were shaking a little in the last game I attended, especially when I was trying to snap a picture of a certain player. But that's definitely not always the reason the pics turn out terrible.

And yes, I'm interested :)
Dec. 15th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
I wish I could find a way to make the pics come out less yellow. I've read the owner's manual a dozen times & tried all sorts of settings & nothing works. There's a store having a DEEP DISCOUNT sale on high-zoom cameras this weekend, I may have to use my Christmas bonus & check them out.

I will have to try to get more of Lasch; he 'suffers' from being on the same line as Caputi, so he tends to get ignored lol.



Also, I've been meaning to ask you: did Justin Hodgman play for your team last year? People on the team blog were saying he played with Lasch last season & I was curious. Hodgman is (for better or worse) a Komets ~*LEGEND*~.
Dec. 15th, 2012 09:50 am (UTC)
Thanks :)

Neither one of them actually played for my team, but yes, they did play on the same team here last season. Both did well, which is why they're no longer in the country.
Dec. 15th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
As long as Hodgman keeps going places that AREN'T my team, I'll be happy.
Dec. 16th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
LOL, what did he do there? His biggest flaw here seemed to be taking too many penalties, but otherwise there wasn't that much else not to like (from what I saw, anyway).
Dec. 17th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
He played here for the playoffs only 2 seasons in a row (may have played a few regular season games but it'd only be the minimum 6 needed to make a playoff roster) & we won the championship both years. The first year he was here, he was 18 and ended up playoff MVP because he put up a ton of points & scored the Cup-winner in triple OT (hence his "legend" status here). He was so nice & humble & good to the fans that year. Then when they brought him back the second time, he hardly scored at all and refused to interact with the fans after games & at team/fan functions and was a "problem in the dressing room" (don't know for sure what he did, that's what the coach told the newspapers...one of the team staticians that we're friends with claimed he missed curfew all the time & would go out and close down the bars every night [which legal drinking age here is 21 & he was only 19 and the team didn't want a ~scandal on its hands]) and got benched a couple games.
Dec. 15th, 2012 09:54 am (UTC)
I actually believe it's against some sort of law to not say Luca Caputi together.

It honestly just sounds wrong to say either Luca or Caputi. Leaves a bad taste in the mouth. ;)
Dec. 15th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
It DOES sound wrong. And then all the little girls @ the souvenir stands were calling him just "Luca" already & I was just ::eyeroll::.

I'm sort of ~concerned because I've always followed him on twitter & he's not ONCE mentioned anything about being in Fort Wayne & only one non-Ducks player on our team follows him & I shouldn't have checked his twitter cause now I assume he hates it here & really is a punkass bitch like all the NHLers, nevermind it's been ages since he's played in the NHL. I WORRY TOO MUCH, OKAY?!?
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
You got some really good pictures!! Glad he seems to be fitting in well. Damn, this makes me miss hockey and wish I had a team close to me. :(
Dec. 15th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) They're never sharp enough for me & the color is never right lol.
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