ARLINGTON, V.A. — “Good, now serious,” the Upper Deck photographer instructs Washington Capitals prospect Hendrix Lapierre as he poses for his trading card pictures.
It’s the first time the 20-year-old is taking part in the NHLPA Rookie Showcase, which returned to D.C. for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. And, now that he’s posing for his trading card, he hopes to eventually pull his own from the deck.
“Hopefully I can have one with my face on it,” he laughed.
Lapierre also got his own pack of cards yesterday and acquired two familiar faces.
“I actually pulled an Alex Ovechkin and Nic Dowd as well. So I got two teammates, that was pretty fun,” Lapierre said. “Just opening the pack and seeing a veteran, I was like, ‘Wow, what are the odds?'”
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Prior to the festivities, Lapierre was on the ice, skating with the Capitals at the team’s informal practices ahead of training camp. He’s been in the District for about three weeks, training with the main group and also working on sharpening up different aspects of his game.
But, for Tuesday, he’s soaking in the rookie experience with his fellow prospects and top picks from several different years.
“It’s great. It’s very fun to see all the guys before camp. You kind of see everyone’s state of mind, where they’re at, and you see guys coming all the way out from Ontario that you don’t see often and a couple of Quebec guys that I like, so it’s very fun,” Lapierre said. “I think it’s great. The league allows us to just relax and take pictures and it’s awesome. It’s fun and it’s in Washington, best case scenario. I’ll try to enjoy it as much as I can. I don’t take it for granted.”