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A Heartfelt Farewell to Erin!
For the past five years, Erin Magee has served the Caps community well. She began as a Red Rocker and, after two years, had the opportunity to grace the Big Screen at home games as the in-game host. But the Caps announced Tuesday that the charming, vivacious host will be leaving to attend graduate school. The Caps community that she held in the palm of her hand will wish her well, but miss her terribly. No one was more of a positive role model and ambassador for the Caps than the bubbly college student fans knew as Red Rocker Erin, and no one commanded the audience with her endearing, infectious smile like in-game host Erin Magee.
Erin wrote a farewell letter to her fans which is posted on the Caps’ website, and there is also a video tribute by Monumental Sports and Entertainment.
On a personal note: When I first started covering the Caps for Capitals Outsider in January 2013, I didn’t know anyone in the Washington Capitals organization. A former student of mine and a University of Maryland classmate of Erin’s suggested that I get in touch with her to profile a Red Rocker. I thought it would be a great human interest story. Erin was quite gracious and willing to be interviewed. After publishing the article, and receiving thousands and thousands of views, it was obvious that she was extremely popular and had a lot of fans. It was from that first interview that I have continued to profile Red Rocker’s each year and have had the opportunity to cover the Red Rocker auditions each summer. It is from that first interview that I have developed professional acquaintances and friendships within the organization that make me feel like part of the Caps family today and not just a reporter merely out to get a story. And, at most every game I’ve covered and at every Red Rocker audition, Erin was always there to welcome me with a smile and a hug. I know Caps fans will miss her—so will I. Thank you, Erin!