Caps fans can expect to see another familiar face back this season, as the team has decided to bring back Brett Leonhardt as a video coach. Formerly a web producer for the Caps, Leonhart left his position last February to work as a video editor for the NHL.
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Leonhardt, known to fans as ‘Stretch’, was more than just a web producer for the team. During warm-ups at home games in Verizon Center, he would play the role of DJ to get the guys pumped and excited to play, as well as entertain the fans who arrived early. He also hosted a podcast for the team, Capitals Report, with Mike Vogel up until his departure. More than likely, though, fans will remember Leonhardt most for being the back-up goalie when Jose Theodore was hurt and Semyon Varlamov was on his way to Washington from Houston after a last second call-up. Leonhardt took part in warm-ups and backed up Brent Johnson until Varlamov arrived.
Leonhardt will be working with Caps assistant coach Blaine Forsythe who manages the video coaching responsibilities. Best of luck, Stretch! (Maybe you can throw a beat or two around, too, for old time’s sake?)
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