PHILADELPHIA – MEDCO has announced that Todd D’Angelo has joined the company as vice president and general manager for the Western Region. D’Angelo also was named a member of the MEDCO Executive Committee and will report directly to MEDCO President Andrew Keim. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Most recently, D’Angelo was with D’Angelo’s/Angel Warehouse, with locations in both Oxnard and Pacoima, Calif., where he served in such positions as general manager, executive vice president of sales and president. In addition to D’Angelo’s appointment, MEDCO has also announced plans to expand from its current 22,000-square-foot facility in Fresno, Calif., to a 45,000-square-foot location in the same city, as it prepares for significant growth on the West Coast and adds full line PBE to its existing tools and equipment offerings. MEDCO says it will be fully operational in its new location on April 1. “We are very excited about the contributions that we expect Todd will be able to make to our business and to our clients’ successes for many years,” said Keim. “Todd’s understanding of the business and the region is significant; his reputation with customers, suppliers and industry organizations is unparalleled; and his leadership skills have been proven and tested in one of the most important PBE and T&E markets in the country. I know that Todd will be a major asset to MEDCO and to me personally.” MEDCO opened its first West Coast warehouse in Fresno in 2002, and says it is building on its success as it opens the new 45,000-square-foot facility in the same city, while introducing PBE products to the region. Advertisement “This decision to expand was driven by possibilities and commitment,” said Keim. “We will now operate not only the most state-of-the-art warehouse in the region, but will have an expanded product offering and a fully staffed customer service team as Fresno becomes our major hub west of the Rockies.” In commenting on his move to MEDCO, D’Angelo said, “I have admired MEDCO, its vision and its leadership of the industry for some time, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the future of this great company. At a time when so many distributors seem to be scaling back operations and consolidating for efficiency, the fact that MEDCO is expanding says a lot about commitment, success and the future for our customers.”
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.Well that definitely applies to Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and his club on Thursday night. The Caps found themselves down 14-0 in shots on goal and 1-0 on the scoreboard midway through the opening period at the Verizon Center before rallying with two tallies in the middle frame then adding an empty net goal in the closing seconds to defeat a pesky Carolina Hurricanes team, 3-1.The victory, their sixth in a row, pushes the Caps to 22-17-2 (46 points) and keeps them two points ahead of Winnipeg in the Southeast Division race. It was a win against a struggling team that Washington had to have and they delivered.It was far from pretty though. The Caps were slow out of the gate and even when their passion and energy picked up, they were just a fraction off nearly all night. But that effort level is what carried the day and more importantly, Holtby was awesome in net (43 saves).Alex Ovechkin was held without a point but he had 15 shot attempts, including one in the second period that seemed to dent the post. The Gr8’s line was very strong but Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson each had only one shot attempt. Both Nicky and JoJo probably should start looking for their shot a little more because teams are going to be focusing on a red hot Ovechkin. Still, Backstrom had an assist and was once again really strong on the puck. His hard work on the boards at the Caps blueline at the end of the game, along with John Carlson, allowed Troy Brouwer (2 goals) to hit the empty net and put the nail biter away. Johansson was super backchecking and using his speed and he gutted through getting banged up early on in this one. He forced the puck to Ovechkin a little too much for my liking but he was still really solid in this contest.Several others had excellent outings including the 4th line of Jay Beagle, Matt Hendricks, and Wojtek Wolski. Beagle set up a late charging Mike Green for the eventual game winner after Wolski made a super play on the offensive zone entry. I think Wolski earned himself some more minutes with his effort on Thursday night.Mike Ribeiro, after a rough start, was also fairly dominant the last two frames as the second line center. He was playing agitated all night and his two way play was excellent. Brouwer, of course, had the two tallies to lead the offense. Aaron Volpatti played hard on that second line but he is offensively challenged.But when it was all over, the man of the night was Holtby who made numerous quality saves and Carlson bailed him out on a puck lying in the crease early on. Holtbeast was a little erratic to start but he settled down quickly and won the game for Washington. It was nice to see the strong play in goal after teammate Michal Neuvirth had two straight super outings. Coach Adam Oates has to be really pleased with his goaltending tandem right now. Both guys are fierce competitors and the players recognize that.So the Caps didn’t play close to their best game on Thursday night, but they did what they had to do to get a victory. At this point, that is what matters most. The Southeast Division title is in their control with just seven games to go. You can’t ask for more than that.Notes: Both clubs notched a power play goal in a contest that got chippier as the evening went on. The Caps won the season series, 4-1, over Carolina and won the last three games after trailing, 2-0, 2-0, and 1-0, respectively…the Caps won the faceoff battle 32-31 with Backstrom going 13-8…next up for the Caps are the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7pm on Saturday night at the Verizon Center.