Some of the Japers' Rink Rats and I put together a pickup game, and this year we may be doing it for charity. They're good guys & gals, and honestly don't take the whole Caps/Pens rivalry too far on the ice or at the pub. Except when I touch the puck and hear, "Crosby sucks!"
I think one or two of the Pensburgh crew have played with us before when we did this, and I'm pretty sure we've had Ben Rothenberg from Broad Street Hockey as well. Decent mix of skill level--if you can play Hockey North America or Novice-level beer league, you're plenty good for us.
Usually we play right after a Caps game, and this year I'm lobbying the Japers' crew to play after the Sunday 1/22 Caps/Pens tilt. Is anyone interested in this? We need some Pens fans to show up--I'm a bit outnumbered. =)
Surely you know of the Capitals blog Japers' Rink. It's a torrent of info and insight from one of the best, longest-running hockey blogs. Now the Japers' Rink community (and its archive) has moved to SB Nation, as SBN's hockey lineup continues to fill out.
Go see them in their new digs, and say hello to our long-orphaned but never-forgotten Patrick Division brethren.