- Nate Ewell, outgoing Capitals Vice President, Communications with Chris Nelson and Gemma Hooley prior to last night's game vs. San Jose (Photo: TBD Staff)
Today is Nate Ewell's last day on the job as the Washington Capitals' Vice President for Communications, so last night's 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks marked the final time that he will view the proceedings down on the ice from his second row seat on the east side of the Verizon Center press box.
Lots of people have written about the wonderful things that Nate has done in his time with the Caps to broaden access to the club and be more inclusive of so-called "New Media." These people have, without exception, been doing this a lot longer than I have, so I'll try not to just ape their contributions. If you want some insight into that part of Nate, John Keeley wrote a very nice piece over at our TBD Community Network site On Frozen Blog, and his OFB colleague Andrew Tomlinson wrote a very good profile of the man himself.
In case it hasn't fully come across yet, I like Nate Ewell. At least in part, it's due to the fact that we're both native New Englanders, and it perseveres in spite of the fact that he roots for Michigan State (a product of his having worked there after graduating from Princeton) and I root for Michigan (a product of the Wolverines being my father's favorite team and me doing what was necessary to keep the peace and stay in the will).
But mostly, I like Nate Ewell because he was always willing to point someone in the right direction, even a relatively young, relatively clueless kid who was just getting going in Washington.
Case in point: last September 8, Nate e-mailed me sight unseen to tell me about a radio documentary that was premiering that Friday night at the Sirius/XM studios on Florida Ave. Out of that came this post, my first of this blog relating to the Capitals, as well as my first encounter with the brilliant producers Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson (not to mention my first face-to-face meeting with Nate himself) and the beginning of the riotous experience that covering Washington's most currently successful franchise has been.
Nate leaves town Friday and starts his new job at College Hockey, Inc. on Monday, and I would like to add my voice to the chorus saying, "Good luck, friend, we'll miss you terribly."