Alan May serves as the analyst for CSN’s Washington Capitals pregame and postgame shows, Capitals Central and Capitals Postgame Live. He also regularly contributes to coverage as an ice-level analyst.
A 15-year veteran of professional hockey as a player and coach, May joined CSN in 2009 to cover his former team. His other broadcasting experience includes work as an analyst for the NHL Network and game-day coverage for the Dallas Stars’ radio flagship, as well as various national and local radio programs.
May played 12 seasons of professional hockey, including five seasons with the Capitals from 1989-90 to 1993-94. In 345 games with Washington, he recorded 27 goals and 42 assists for 69 points and amassed 1,189 penalty minutes, which ranks him fourth on the team’s all-time list. He also appeared in 39 playoff games for the Capitals, including the team’s trip to the Wales Conference Finals in 1990. Overall, he spent eight seasons in the NHL with Washington, Boston, Edmonton, Dallas and Calgary, recording 31 goals, 86 points and 1,348 penalty minutes in 393 games.
May also has three seasons of coaching experience. He served as an assistant coach for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top minor-league affiliate, during the 2008-09 season. He began his coaching career as the head coach of the Central Hockey League’s Fayetteville Force during the 1997-98 season and was the head coach of the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Western Professional Hockey League in 1999-00.
J.P. Finlay was named as CSN’s Redskins Insider in July 2016.
In this role, Finlay delivers extensive daily coverage of the Washington Redskins for CSN’s online, mobile and social media platforms. He also appears regularly on CSN’s television news, analysis and feature coverage, including its exclusive gameday shows and studio programs.
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Finlay previously spent four years in digital media management and production positions with CSN, most recently as manager of content integration. He joined CSN in 2012 as a digital media producer and, beginning in 2014, was senior producer. In each of those roles, he contributed as a reporter to CSN’s extensive Redskins coverage. Finlay also gained experience covering the Redskins from SB Nation and the Washingtonian.
Finlay, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland and Georgetown University, respectively, also gained experience as a writer for Roll Call and SNL Financial before joining CSN.
Tarik El-Bashir was named Capitals Insider in July 2016 after covering the Redskins for CSN for four seasons.
A longtime sports reporter, El-Bashir provides comprehensive Washington Capitals news, analysis and feature reporting for CSN’s online, mobile and social media platforms. He is also a regular contributor to CSN’s television coverage of the team, including live gameday shows and studio programming.
A Washington-area native, El-Bashir joined CSN in May 2012 from The Washington Post, where he spent 13 years in the sports department. During his last two years with the newspaper, he served as the beat writer for Georgetown University men’s basketball and contributed to its Washington Capitals coverage. Prior to that, El-Bashir was The Post’s beat writer for the Capitals from 2005 to 2010 and spent six years as the lead reporter covering high school sports.
A Howard University graduate, he joined The Post in 1999 from The New York Times, where he covered the New York Islanders for two years.