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GOTTA SEE IT: Ovechkin, Capitals Struggle To Spell Kuemper’s Name



Capitals goalie Darcy Kuemper

The Washington Capitals revamped their goaltending situation over the offseason, bringing in Stanley Cup Champion Darcy Kuemper on a five-year deal to take over as the new starting netminder. And, while his teammates took an immediate liking to him, some struggled to spell his last name.

Washington posted a fun Instagram video with outtakes from media day, where the players were tasked with spelling the newest Capitals netminder’s surname. It’s pronounced (Kehm-Puhr).

Alex Ovechkin botched it on his first attempt. Granted, he was on the right track.

“Uh, C?” he asked. He continued with “A-M-P-E-R” to put together “Camper.”

After a big laugh, Evgeny Kuznetsov gave it a chance after affirming the team wanted Darcy’s last name.

“The goalie, right?” he asked before reciting “K-E-M” and giving up afterward.

The”u” before the “e” definitely left some players in a tough spot. Dylan Strome and Trevor van Riemsdyk both messed up there, switching around the letters.

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T.J. Oshie, Martin Fehervary and Nic Dowd nailed the spelling, as did Kuemper’s backup and now close friend Charlie Lindgren. For what it’s worth, Kuemper also spelt his own last name right.

Kuemper grew up in Saskatoon, and his dad was a police officer in the department. The 32-year-old has started 19 games for D.C. so far, going 8-9-2 with a .915 save percentage and 2.53 GAA.