A couple of days ago, while Willie Mitchell was taking up all the Caps news because of his workout for the team, something slipped through the cracks. There was another non-cap skating at Kettler that day too. His name was Jeff Halpern.
Caps fans know him well, and he will always have a special place in the hearts of locals. Halpern is from Potomac, M.D., a suburb of D.C. (and the current residence of yours truly). He went to Churchill High School, where there was no hockey team at the time. Thus, he left home and transferred to St Paul’s School in Concord, N.H.
After graduating from Princeton, Halpern began his NHL career with the Capitals in 2000. He was never drafted, and signed as a free agent with the Caps after graduation. He was only the second NHLer from Maryland in the history of the league, and the fact that he was a local kid who grew up admiring the Capitals instantly endeared him to fans.