The Washington Times - November 17, 2011, 03:04PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba | For anyone who thinks I whine about Winnipeg … you’re right. It’s easily the coldest city in the NHL, and Capitals just happen to have to make three trips here this season.

But I’ve got nothing on Roman Hamrlik, who’s the only Caps player to face the old Winnipeg Jets before they left to become the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996. Hamrlik made four trips here during the Jets’ first incarnation.


The now 37-year-old defenseman recalled a story from January of 1994, his second season in the league. Ladies and gentlemen, Roman Hamrlik:

“To be honest, yeah I remember it was old rink, packed, had good fans. I just remember I was playing here with Tampa Bay and I remember it was just so cold outside we couldn’t even go outside to go and eat at a restaurant the night before a game. My roommate was Shawn Chambers and we just stayed in at the hotel and just ordered pizza. That was our supper before the game.”

And the game?

“I can’t remember if we lost or win,” Hamrlik said. “It was long time ago.”

For what it’s worth, the Lightning won 3-2 in overtime. Hamrlik had an assist.

It’s November now, not January – and that’s a good thing.

“It’s not so bad,” Hamrlik said. “I’m used to it from Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal. It’s decent.”