Peter Laviolette drew inspiration from ‘Vikings’ for Capitals’ postgame awards

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Laviolette drew inspiration from ‘Vikings’ for postgame awards originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When Peter Laviolette starts binging a new TV show, the Capitals better take notice. Props from the set of his new favorite series just might make their way into Washington’s locker room.

Following the Capitals’ season-opening win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, Laviolette celebrated key performances from some of his players by handing out a battle ax and shield inspired by the History Channel series “Vikings.” Laviolette came up with the idea while watching the show over the offseason.

“If you watch the ‘Vikings,’ they literally go into a battle with only…three things,” Laviolette said. “They go in with courage, they go in with an ax and they go in with a shield. And if it really gets hot, they drop the shield and just use the ax. So I watched that series and thought to myself, ‘These guys are warriors.’”

The ax goes to the top offensive performer of the game while the best defenseman (or goalie) gets the shield. Laviolette’s idea came on the heels of him handing out “Cobra Kai” headbands after wins last season.

“It’s just to have some fun,” Laviolette said. “Just go back to that offense and the attack [mindset] and just acknowledging guys for having that mindset. It’s fun. It’s just a good way to celebrate a win real quick, sometimes we don’t do that enough and we really like the defensive part of it too. The guy who blocks a shot or may take lots of hits in a game and has a real good defending game, it gives them a chance to get recognized for what they do as well.”