I was out at Redskins Park during Tuesday’s 5.9 earthquake that shook up the East Coast and the D.C. area. Fortunately, I was on the first floor.
The same can’t be said for Kettler Capitals Iceplex, which is on the eighth floor of Ballston Common Mall. By all accounts, the shaking was pretty extensive at Kettler. Coach Bruce Boudreau was conducting a magazine interview at the time and first thought it was the rumbling of dryers.
It wasn’t – and while there wasn’t full-fledged panic, the facility was evacuated.
Caps PR staff member Ben Guerrero – who’s from California – wrote on Twitter: “And there’s a little bit of home for me in the form of a nice little earthquake…#allmybobbleheadsaresafe.”
Defenseman John Carlson had a bit different of reaction, posting on Twitter “Was that just an earthquake in Arlington? #news” followed by “#freakedout” and “#worldisending #byebye #2012.”
The Caps’ official Twitter account had this message later in the day: “Washington Capitals nation was officially ‘Rocking the Red’ today after a 5.8 earthquake in the DC/MD/VA area. We hope everyone is safe & OK.”
On Wednesday, Caps owner Ted Leonsis reported on his blog that Kettler and Verizon Center did not suffer any damage in the quake.