EXCLUSIVE: The ‘Capstronaut’ revealed

Jonathan Strong Jonathan Strong, 27, is a reporter for the Daily Caller covering Congress. Previously, he was a reporter for Inside EPA where he wrote about environmental regulation in great detail, and before that a staffer for Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA). Strong graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in political science in 2006. He is a huge fan of and season ticket holder to the Washington Capitals hockey team. Strong and his wife reside in Arlington.
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The man who mysteriously wears an astronaut suit to nearly every home game of the Washington Capitals is Geoff Dawson, a local bar mogul who co-owns a spaceship-themed bar in Chinatown, the Daily Caller has determined.

The Capstronaut in full gear

The "Capstronaut" in full gear for a TV interview

Dawson and business partner Mark Handwerger own Bedrock Management Group, which owns and operates four Buffalo Billiards locations, Atomic Billiards, Aroma, two Carpool locations, two Mackey’s and the space-themed Rocket Bar, among others.

According to a 1999 Washington Post article, Dawson attended high school in Washington, D.C.

Dawson was photographed for an interview Washington Business Journal. His face clearly resembles the face behind the Capstronaut mask, courtesy of a Fox 5 interview with the Capstronaut.

Geoff Dawson

Geoff Dawson, co-owner of Chinatown bar Rocket Bar, is the "Capstronaut." He was photographed here for a Washington Business Journal story

Dawson did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The Capstronaut is well-known and loved by many Caps fans, but the man behind the suit has remained a mystery until now. Dawson has repeatedly declined to name himself in media interviews.

The Daily Caller would like to extend an opportunity to Mr. Dawson for an op-ed under his Capstronaut hat, our publisher, Neil Patel said.

Other things you didn’t know about the Capital’s loss to Montreal in game one of their round one playoff series:

Sam Wolk, "horn guy"

Sam Wolk, "horn guy," was involved in a fist fight Thursday

‘Horn Guy’ In Fist Fight

Sam Wolk, who toots the horn three times from Section 415 to conjure a corresponding “Lets Go Caps!” from the raucous crowd at the Verizon Center, was involved in a fist fight during overtime.

The author, who holds season tickets in Wolk’s section, witnessed the skirmish.

A man one row down from Wolk attacked him, and the two briefly fought. Authorities quickly stepped in. Both the unnamed assailant and Wolk left their seats afterwards. Wolk missed roughly the last ten minutes of the game, which must have been difficult, knowing what a super fan he is.

It’s Not A Real Burrito

Every Capitals game at the Verizon Center, Chipotle runs as promotion in which Caps mascot Slap Shot and some the scantily-clad Caps cheerleaders travel to one section of the crowd to throw them Chipotle burritos.

The author and fans nearby had long waited for their chance to snatch a burrito, thinking it would make a nice substitute for the dinner they often skipped to arrive in time to see the game.


You think it's a burrito, but underneath it's just a t-shirt

Finally, after a season of waiting, the promotion arrived at Section 415. But the thrill of catching a foil wrapped burrito-shaped object was crushed when, upon unwrapping the item, fans realized the object is not a burrito at all, but a t-shirt wrapped in foil!

The package includes a gift card to Chipotle, which presumably includes enough money to buy a burrito at a nearby Chipotle restaurant.

Many fans in Section 415 were shocked and disappointed, to say the least.

Stress of Game One Overwhelms Fans

Beyond the fist fight between “horn guy” and unnamed assailant, the stress of the overtime loss to Montreal seemed to have ripped the social fabric of the Verizon Center scene.

Leaving the building, patrons observed what appeared to be a breakup between a departing man and woman.

“Don’t f***ing touch me!” said the male, in his twenties, to a woman also in her twenties, who cried and lamented, “why?”