The Info List - Washington Capitals

Red, white, blue[1]               

Media NBC Sports Washington WRC (NBC 4) Federal News Radio (1500 AM) The Fan (106.7 FM)

Owner(s) Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Ted Leonsis, chairman)

General manager Brian MacLellan

Head coach Barry Trotz

Captain Alexander Ovechkin

Minor league affiliates

Hershey Bears
Hershey Bears
(AHL) South Carolina Stingrays
South Carolina Stingrays

Stanley Cups 0

Conference championships 1 (1997–98)

Presidents' Trophy 3 (2009–10, 2015–16, 2016–17)

Division championships 11 (1988–89, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18)

Official website www.nhl.com/capitals

The Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL). Since their founding in 1974, the Capitals have won one conference championship (in 1998), and eleven division titles. In 1997, the team moved their home ice hockey rink from the suburban Capital Centre
Capital Centre
(located in Landover, Maryland) to the new MCI Center
MCI Center
(now Capital One Arena), in Washington, D.C. Businessman Ted Leonsis
Ted Leonsis
has owned the team since 1999, and has revitalized the franchise by drafting star players such as Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Braden Holtby. The 2009–10 Capitals won the franchise's first-ever Presidents' Trophy for being the team with the most points at the end of the regular season. They won it a second time in 2015–16, and did so for a third time the following season in 2016–17.


1 History

1.1 Early years (1974–1982) 1.2 Playoffs and Eastern Conference champion (1982–1998) 1.3 Disappointments and rebuilding (1998–2004) 1.4 Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin
era (2004–present)

2 Season-by-season record 3 Logos and jerseys 4 Players

4.1 Current roster 4.2 Retired numbers 4.3 Team captains 4.4 Hall of Famers 4.5 First-round draft picks 4.6 Franchise scoring leaders

5 Head coaches 6 NHL awards and trophies 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] Early years (1974–1982)[edit] Along with the Kansas City Scouts, the Capitals joined the NHL as an expansion team for the 1974–75 season. The team was owned by Abe Pollin (also owner of the National Basketball
Association's Washington Bullets/Wizards until his death on November 24, 2009). Pollin had built the Capital Centre
Capital Centre
in suburban Landover, Maryland, to house both the Bullets (who formerly played in Baltimore) and the Capitals. His first act as owner was to hire Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt
Milt Schmidt
as general manager. With a combined 30 teams between the NHL and the World Hockey Association (WHA), the available talent was stretched thin. The Capitals had few players with professional experience and were at a disadvantage against the long-standing teams that were stocked with veteran players. Like the other three teams who joined the league during the WHA era—the Scouts (later the Colorado Rockies and now the New Jersey Devils), Atlanta Flames
Atlanta Flames
(now playing in Calgary), and New York Islanders—the Capitals did not factor the survival of the rival league into their plans.

Capitals left-wing Errol Rausse
Errol Rausse
chasing Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
defenseman Ray Bourque in 1979.

The Capitals' inaugural season was dreadful, even by expansion standards. They finished with far and away the worst record in the league at 8–67–5. Their 21 points were half that of their expansion brethren, the Scouts. The eight wins are the fewest for an NHL team playing at least 70 games, and the .131 winning percentage is still the worst in NHL history. They also set records for most road losses (39 out of 40), most consecutive road losses (37), and most consecutive losses (17). Head coach Jim Anderson said, "I'd rather find out my wife was cheating on me than keep losing like this. At least I could tell my wife to cut it out." Schmidt himself had to take over the coaching reins late in the season. In 1975–76, Washington went 25-straight games without a win and allowed 394 goals en route to another horrendous record: 11–59–10 (32 points). During the middle of the season, Max McNab was hired as the team's general manager, and Tom McVie
Tom McVie
was hired as head coach to replace Schmidt. For the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s, the Capitals alternated between dreadful seasons and finishing only a few points out of the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
playoffs. In 1980 and 1981, for instance, they were in playoff contention until the last day of the season. The one bright spot during these years of futility was that many of McNab's draft picks (e.g. Rick Green, Ryan Walter, Mike Gartner, Bengt Gustafsson, Gaetan Duchesne and Bobby Carpenter) would impact the team for years to come, whether as important members of the roster or crucial pieces to major trades. Pollin stuck it out through the Capitals' first decade, even though they were usually barely competitive. This stood in contrast to the Capitals' expansion brethren, the Scouts; they were forced to move to Denver
after only two years because their original owners did not have the resources or patience to withstand the struggles of an expansion team. By the summer of 1982, however, there was serious talk of the team moving out of the U.S. capital, and a "Save the Caps" campaign was underway. Then two significant events took place to revive the franchise. Playoffs and Eastern Conference champion (1982–1998)[edit] First, the team hired David Poile as general manager. Second, as his first move, Poile pulled off one of the largest trades in franchise history on September 9, 1982, when he dealt longtime regulars Ryan Walter and Rick Green to the Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
in exchange for Rod Langway (named captain only a few weeks later), Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin. This move turned the franchise around, as Langway's solid defense helped the team to dramatically reduce its goals-against, and the explosive goal-scoring of Dennis Maruk, Mike Gartner and Bobby Carpenter fueled the offensive attack. Another significant move was the drafting of defenseman Scott Stevens
Scott Stevens
during the 1982 NHL Entry Draft (the pick was made by Interim GM Roger Crozier, prior to Poile's hiring). The result was a 29-point jump, a third-place finish in the powerful Patrick Division, and the team's first playoff appearance in 1983. Although they were eliminated by the three-time-defending (and eventual) Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champion New York Islanders (three games to one), the Caps' dramatic turnaround ended any talk of the club leaving Washington.

Drafted in 1978, Mike Gartner
Mike Gartner
helped the Capitals become a playoff contender in the 1980s.

The Capitals would make the playoffs for each of the next 14 years in a row. They became known for starting slow before catching fire in January and February. However, regular-season success did not carry into the playoffs. Despite a continuous march of stars like Gartner, Carpenter, Langway, Gustafsson, Mike Ridley, Dave Christian, Dino Ciccarelli, Larry Murphy and Kevin Hatcher, Washington was knocked out in either the first or second round eight years in a row. In 1985–86, for instance, the Caps finished with 107 points and won 50 games for the first time in franchise history, good enough for the third-best record in the NHL. They defeated the Islanders in the first round but were eliminated in the second round by the New York Rangers. The next season brought even more heartbreak, with a loss to the Islanders in the Patrick Division Semi-final. This series was capped off by the classic Easter Epic game, which ended at 1:56 am on Easter Sunday 1987. The Capitals had thoroughly dominated most of the game, outshooting the Islanders 75–52, but lost in overtime when goaltender Bob Mason was beaten on a Pat LaFontaine
Pat LaFontaine
shot from the blue line. For the 1989 playoff push, Gartner and defenseman Larry Murphy were traded to the Minnesota North Stars
Minnesota North Stars
in exchange for Ciccarelli and defenseman Bob Rouse, however the goaltending once again faltered and they were eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Capitals finally made the Wales Conference Finals in 1990, but went down in a four-game sweep at the hands of the first-place Boston Bruins. From 1991 to 1996, the Capitals would lose in either the first or the second round of the playoffs. They would eliminate the Rangers in the first round but lost the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
in 1991. In 1992 and 1993, they would lose in the first round to the Penguins and the Islanders, respectively. In 1994, they won their first round series against the Penguins but lost in the second round to the Rangers. In 1995 and 1996, they lost in the first round both times to the Penguins. They would miss the playoffs in 1997, but they came the closest to winning the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
one year later. Then in 1998, as the Caps opened MCI Center, Peter Bondra's 52 goals led the team, veterans Dale Hunter, Joe Juneau and Adam Oates
Adam Oates
returned to old form, and Olaf Kolzig had a solid .920 save percentage as the Caps got past the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
and Buffalo Sabres (the latter on a dramatic overtime win in game six on a goal by Joe Juneau) en route to the team's first (and to date, only) Stanley Cup finals appearance. The Capitals won six overtime games, three in each of their series against the Bruins and Sabres. However, the team was outmatched by the defending champions, the Detroit Red Wings, who won in a four-game sweep. That same season, Oates, Phil Housley
Phil Housley
and Hunter all scored their 1,000th career point, the only time in NHL history that one team had three different players reach that same milestone in a single season.[2] Disappointments and rebuilding (1998–2004)[edit] After their 1998 championship run, the Capitals finished the 1998–99 season with a record of 31-45-6 and failed to qualify for the playoffs. During the season, the team was sold to a group headed by AOL executive Ted Leonsis. The Capitals went on to win back-to-back Southeast Division titles in 2000 and 2001, yet both years lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Penguins. After the 2000–01 season, Adam Oates
Adam Oates
demanded a trade but management refused and stripped him of his team captaincy.

The Capitals moved into the Verizon Center
Verizon Center
in 1997.

In the summer of 2001, the Capitals landed five-time Art Ross Trophy winner Jaromir Jagr, by trading three young prospects to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jagr was signed to the largest contract ever in NHL history – $77 million over seven years at an average salary of $11 million per year (over $134,000 per game), with an option for an eighth year. However, after Adam Oates
Adam Oates
was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals failed to defend their division title and missed the playoffs in 2002 despite a winning record. Still, the 2001–02 season marked the highest attendance in franchise history, drawing in 710,990 fans and 17,341 per game.[3] Before the 2002–03 season, the Caps made more roster changes, including the signing of highly regarded Robert Lang as a free agent, a linemate of Jagr's from Pittsburgh. Washington returned to the playoffs in 2003, but disappointed fans again by losing in six games to the Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
after starting off with a two-game lead in the best-of-seven first-round series. The series is well-remembered for the three-overtime Game 6 at the then–MCI Center. At the time it was the longest game in the building's history and was eventually decided by a power-play goal by Tampa Bay. In the 2003–04 season, the Caps unloaded much of their high-priced talent – not just a cost-cutting spree, but also an acknowledgment that their attempt to build a contender with high-priced veteran talent had failed. Jagr had never lived up to expectations during his time with the Capitals, failing to finish among the league's top scorers or make the post-season All-Star Team. The Caps tried to trade Jagr, but as only one year was left on the existing NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) before it expired, few teams were willing to risk $11 million on an underperforming player. In 2004, Jagr was finally sent to the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
in exchange for Anson Carter and an agreement that Washington would pay approximately $4 million per year of Jagr's salary, with Jagr himself agreeing to defer (with interest) $1 million per year for the remainder of his contract to allow the trade to go ahead. This was quickly followed by Peter Bondra
Peter Bondra
departing for the Ottawa Senators. Not long after, Robert Lang was sent to the Detroit Red Wings, as well as Sergei Gonchar to the Boston Bruins. The Lang trade marked the first time in the history of the NHL that the league's leading scorer was traded in the middle of the season. The Capitals ended the year 23–46–10–3, tied for the second-worst record, along with the Chicago Blackhawks. Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin
era (2004–present)[edit]

Dainius Zubrus
Dainius Zubrus
had a career years with the Capitals in the 2005–06. Zubrus recorded 57 points during that season.

In the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the Capitals won the Draft Lottery, moving ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who held the NHL's worst record, and selected Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin
first overall. During the NHL labor dispute of 2004–05, which cost the NHL its entire season, Ovechkin stayed in Russia, playing for Dynamo Moscow. Several other Capitals played part or all of the lost season in Europe, including Olaf Kolzig, Brendan Witt, Jeff Halpern, and Alexander Semin. The Capitals' 2005 off-season consisted of making D.C.-area native Halpern the team's captain, signing Andrew Cassels, Ben Clymer, Mathieu Biron and Jamie Heward, and acquiring Chris Clark and Jeff Friesen
Jeff Friesen
via trade. The Capitals finished the 2005–06 season in the cellar of the Southeastern Division again, with a 29–41–12 campaign, earning 12 more points than the 2003–04 season, good for 27th out of the 30 NHL teams. The team, however, played close in every game, playing in 42 one-goal games, although losing two-thirds of those games. Ovechkin's rookie season exceeded the hype, as he led all 2005–06 NHL rookies in goals, points, power-play goals and shots. He finished third overall in the NHL in scoring and tied for third in goals, and his 425 shots not only led the league, but also set an NHL rookie record and was the fourth-highest total in NHL history. Ovechkin's rookie point total was the second-best in Capitals history, and his goal total was tied for third in franchise history. Ovechkin won the Calder Memorial Trophy, beating out Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
and Calgary
Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Many longtime Capitals had career years, with Dainius Zubrus
Dainius Zubrus
netting 57 points, Halpern having a career-best 33 assists, Matt Pettinger putting in a career-best 20-goal, 38-point effort and seven others on the relatively young team topping 20 points for the first time. Two notable landmarks were also hit by Capitals, as the team's longest tenured player, Olaf Kolzig, won his 250th game in goal, and Andrew Cassels became the 204th player to play 1,000 games, although he did not finish his season with Washington. A notable first was that Washington area native Jeff Halpern
Jeff Halpern
was named captain of his hometown Capitals. At the 2006 NHL trade deadline, on March 8, Brendan Witt
Brendan Witt
was traded to the Nashville Predators. In the 2006 off-season, Halpern left the Capitals to join the Dallas Stars; Chris Clark subsequently became the Capitals' new captain. Richard Zedník
Richard Zedník
returned to the Capitals in 2006–07 after a disappointing 16-goal, 14-assist season in 2005–06 with the Montreal Canadiens, but was later dealt at the trade deadline to the New York Islanders after a disappointing and injury plagued season. The Caps also signed former Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
enforcer Donald Brashear. Despite the transactions, however, the Capitals finished with the same point total (70) in 2006–2007 as they did the year before, although they won one fewer game. Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin
was the Capitals' lone representative in the season's All-Star Game, with Washington's campaign also seeing the breakout of Alexander Semin, who notched 38 goals in only his second NHL season. The Capitals signed Swedish phenom Nicklas Backstrom, the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. They also signed 19-year-old Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
to a three-year entry-level contract. They then went on to fill needs at defense, signing puck-moving defenseman Tom Poti; right wing, by signing Viktor Kozlov; and center, by signing playmaker Michael Nylander. As a result of these signings, there was much more hope for the 2007–08 season and players were looking towards the playoffs.

Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin
signed a 13-year contract extension in 2008. He was later named the Capitals team captain in 2010.

After starting the season 6–14–1, the Capitals fired head coach Glen Hanlon
Glen Hanlon
and replaced him with Hershey Bears
Hershey Bears
head coach Bruce Boudreau on Thanksgiving Day, 2007. On January 10, 2008, the Capitals signed Ovechkin to an NHL-record $124 million contract extension at 13 years, the second-longest term of any contract in the NHL after New York Islanders
New York Islanders
goaltender Rick DiPietro's 15-year contract. Despite the Capitals' young defense and injuries to key players such as Michael Nylander
Michael Nylander
and Brian Pothier, Boudreau engineered a remarkable turnaround. Aided by key acquisitions at the trade deadline (Matt Cooke, Sergei Fedorov
Sergei Fedorov
and Cristobal Huet), Ovechkin's NHL-leading 65 goals,[4] and Mike Green's league defensemen-leading 18 goals, the Capitals won the Southeast Division title for the first time since the 2000–01 season, edging out the Carolina Hurricanes for the Division title on the final game of the season. Washington's remarkable end-of-season run included winning 11 of the final 12 regular season games. The Capitals became the first team in NHL history to make the playoffs after being ranked 14th or lower in their conference standings at the season's midpoint.[5] For the post-season, the Capitals drew the Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
in the first round and managed to force a Game 7 after being down three games to one in the series. However, they ultimately lost to the Flyers 3–2 in overtime.[6] After the season concluded, Boudreau's efforts were rewarded with a long-term contract extension. The accolades for the team continued to grow after the end of the season. Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin
won the Art Ross Trophy, the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy
Hart Memorial Trophy
and the Lester B. Pearson Award, becoming the first player in NHL history to win all four awards in the same season. He also was the first player to win an MVP award in any major sport in the Washington, D.C., area since Joe Theismann won the National Football League
National Football League
(NFL) MVP award in 1983. Moreover, Ovechkin was also named an NHL First Team All-Star and became the first player since 1953 to be named as such in each of his first three years in the NHL. Nicklas Backstrom was a finalist for the Calder Trophy, but ended up second to the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, though Backstrom was nonetheless selected to the All-Star Rookie Team. In addition to player awards, head coach Bruce Boudreau
Bruce Boudreau
won the Jack Adams Award
Jack Adams Award
for the NHL's coach of the year. Ovechkin and Mike Green were named to the Sporting News All-Star Team, with Ovechkin being the Sporting News Player of the Year.[citation needed] The 2008–09 season was highlighted by the play of Mike Green (who was the third of the Capitals' three first-round selections in Ovechkin's draft year) and Ovechkin. Green led all NHL defensemen in goals and points, also setting the record for the longest consecutive goal scoring streak by a defenseman with eight games. Ovechkin won his second Hart Trophy, his second Lester B. Pearson Award
Lester B. Pearson Award
and his second Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. The Capitals finished the regular season with a record of 50–24–8 and a team-record 108 points, and they won their second consecutive Southeast Division championship. They then defeated the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
in the first round of the 2009 playoffs four games to three, overcoming a 3–1 deficit. The Capitals were then defeated by the eventual Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals in seven games. The Capitals finished the 2009–10 season regular season first in the NHL with 121 points, thereby winning the Presidents' Trophy. Ovechkin led the team in points with 109 and finished as the third-highest goal scorer, despite playing nine games fewer than the league leaders. Backstrom finished with 101 points, fourth most in the NHL. Once again, Mike Green led all defensemen in points, finishing with 76. The Capitals also dominated the plus-minus category, finishing with five players in the top six in the league.[7] Despite having a top-ranked regular season, Washington were defeated by the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. The 2010–11 season saw the Capitals repeat as the Southeast Division champions and as the top team in the Eastern Conference with 107 points. The season was highlighted by their participation in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, where they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
3–1 at Heinz Field. However, the Capitals' playoff disappointment continued. After again defeating the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
in five games in the first round, they were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals.

Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
emerged as the Capitals starting goaltender during the 2012 NHL playoffs.

The Capitals started the 2011–12 season with a record of 7–0, but they only won five of their next 15 games. As a result, General Manager George McPhee fired head coach Boudreau, hiring Capitals legend Dale Hunter
Dale Hunter
as his replacement. By the end of the 2011–12 season, the team's top two goaltenders, Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
and Tomas Vokoun, were injured and the Capitals were required to lean on their goaltending prospect Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
to help the team into the 2012 playoffs. The Capitals made a strong push and finished with the seventh overall seed in East, draining the defending champion Boston Bruins in the first round. The Capitals shocked the NHL by defeating the heavily favored Bruins in seven games on an overtime goal by Joel Ward. Every game in the series was decided by a one-goal margin; previously, no single series in the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
playoffs had ever gone as far as six or seven games while neither team ever held more than a one-goal lead.[citation needed] The Capitals then advanced to the second round to face the top-seeded New York Rangers. The series again went seven games, ending with a 2–1 Rangers victory at Madison Square Garden. Following the season's end, head coach Dale Hunter announced he would step down. Adam Oates
Adam Oates
was later named permanent head coach of the team. The lockout-shortened 2012–13 season saw the Capitals off to a rocky start, as they managed just two wins in their first ten games. The team rebounded to win the Southeast Division, thereby earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Unfortunately for Washington, the Capitals' playoff woes continued as they again fell to the Rangers in seven games. In the 2013–14 season, the Capitals started the season winning five of their first ten games. The Capitals struggled to stay in a playoff spot and ultimately missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006–07. On April 26, 2014, 15 days after the regular season ended, the Capitals announced they would not renew General Manager George McPhee's contract and that they had fired head coach Adam Oates. On May 26, 2014, the Capitals announced the promotion of Brian MacLellan from director of player personnel to general manager and the hiring of Barry Trotz
Barry Trotz
as the new head coach.[8] In Alexander Ovechkin's 691st NHL game on November 4, 2014, he became the Capitals' all-time points leader during a game against the Calgary
Flames, surpassing Peter Bondra.[9] On January 1, 2015, the Washington Capitals defeated the Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks
3–2 in the annual NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park
Nationals Park
in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
The Capitals finished in a second-place tie with the New York Islanders
New York Islanders
in the Metropolitan Division during the 2014–15 season and held home ice advantage in the first-round playoff series between the two, as they had defeated the Islanders in the season series with two home wins and two road overtime losses (in comparison, the Islanders had two home wins, one road loss and one road shootout loss). The teams split the first four games of the series, with the Islanders winning the first and third games, and the Capitals winning the second and fourth games. After winning Game 5, the Capitals had a chance to clinch the series in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, but the Islanders won Game 6 to send the series to a deciding Game 7 in Washington, which the Capitals would go on to win and defeat the Islanders, setting up a match-up against the top-seeded Rangers in the Conference Semi-finals for the third time in four years.

The Capitals hosted the Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks
for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park.

In the Semi-finals, all seven games were decided by a one-goal margin. The Capitals and the Rangers split the first two games (with Joel Ward scoring a game-winning buzzer beater goal for Washington in Game 1, coupled with a loss by Washington in Game 2) by a 2–1 margin. Braden Holtby would then post a 1–0 shutout in Game 3, with Jay Beagle scoring the game's only goal, which was then followed by another 2–1 victory in Game 4. After Washington held a 3–1 series lead, the Rangers would then cut the series lead to 3–2 after scoring the game-tying goal and the game-winning overtime goal in Game 5. The Rangers then tied the series with a 4–3 victory in Game 6 to force a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Both teams scored a goal during regulation time in Game 7, but the Capitals would lose the game and the series in overtime via a Derek Stepan
Derek Stepan
goal.[10] In the 2015–16 season, the Capitals finished in first place in the league with a record of 56-18-8 and 120 points. In the first round of the playoffs, they would face the Philadelphia Flyers. The Capitals won the first three games of the series and were looking for their first sweep in the playoffs in franchise history. However, the Flyers would win the next two games to send the series to a sixth game in Philadelphia; the Capitals nevertheless won that series in six games to advance to the second round of the playoffs. In the second round, they faced the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
for the first time since 2009. After winning the first game of the series in Washington, the Capitals lost three straight games, and were in danger of elimination. Washington would stave off elimination with a win in Game 5, but they would lose the series in six games. Ovechkin reached the 1,000-point milestone on January 11, 2017 with a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
35 seconds into the first period of that game. Ovechkin is the 84th NHL player to reach the 1,000-point milestone, the 4th Russian-born player and the 37th player to reach the milestone while playing for one team throughout their NHL career.[11][12] The Capitals won their second Presidents' Trophy
Presidents' Trophy
in a row, becoming just the seventh team in NHL history to win back-to-back Presidents' Trophies.[13] Ovechkin finished the 2016–17 regular season with 33 goals, leading the Capitals in goals for the twelfth straight season.[14] In the 2017 playoffs, the Capitals defeated the Toronto
Maple Leafs in six games in the first round to set up a second consecutive showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
in the second round. After falling behind 3–1 in the series, they battled back to force a game seven at home, where they were eliminated 2–0, and lost their series 4–3. Season-by-season record[edit] This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Capitals. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
seasons Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses/SOL = Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs

2012–13 48 27 18 3 57 149 130 1st, Southeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Rangers)

2013–14 82 38 30 14 90 235 240 5th, Metropolitan Did not qualify

2014–15 82 45 26 11 101 242 203 2nd, Metropolitan Lost in Second Round, 3–4 (Rangers)

2015–16 82 56 18 8 120 252 193 1st, Metropolitan Lost in Second Round, 2–4 (Penguins)

2016–17 82 55 19 8 118 263 182 1st, Metropolitan Lost in Second Round, 3–4 (Penguins)

Logos and jerseys[edit] The Capitals took to the ice in red, white and blue jerseys featuring contrast-colored shoulders and stars on the chest and sleeves. The team originally had red, white, and blue pants options, but retired the white pants only after a few games in their first season, and the red ones at season's end. The blue pants would eventually become the only option used. Prior to the start of the 1995–96 season, in an attempt to modernize the look and improve merchandise sales, the team abandoned its traditional red, white and blue color scheme in favor of a blue, black, and bronze palette with an American bald eagle with five stars as its logo. The alternate logo depicted the Capitol building with crossed hockey sticks behind. For the 1997–98 season, the team unveiled a black alternate jersey, devoid of blue with bronze stripes on the ends of sleeves and at the waist. Prior to the 2000–01 season, the team retired its blue road jersey in favor of this, but still kept the white jersey for home games. The Capitals unveiled new uniforms on June 22, 2007, which coincided with the NHL Entry Draft
NHL Entry Draft
and the new league-wide adaptation of the Reebok-designed uniform system for 2007–08. The change marked a return to the red, white and blue color scheme originally used from 1974 to 1995.[15] The new primary logo is reminiscent of the original Capitals' logo, complete with a hockey stick formed by the letter "t"; it also includes a new feature not present in the original logo in the form of three stars representing DC, Maryland
and Virginia.[16] More simply, the stars are a reference to the flag of Washington, D.C., which is in turn based on the shield of George Washington's family coat of arms. The new alternate logo uses an eagle in the shape of a "W" with the silhouette of the United States Capitol
United States Capitol
building in the negative space below. For the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, the Capitals wore a white jersey honoring the franchise's past with the original logo. The jersey resembled the one the franchise wore from 1974 to 1995. Instead of wearing the combination of blue pants and white helmets the team used when it played at the Capital Centre, the Capitals chose red pants and helmets for the New Year's Day game.[17] The Capitals wore the same jersey, minus the NHL Winter Classic
NHL Winter Classic
patch, on February 1, 2011, to honor Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame
winger Dino Ciccarelli.[18] The Capitals announced on September 16, 2011, that they would wear a third jersey modeled after the Winter Classic jersey for 16 road games during the 2011–12 season.[19] For the 2015 Winter Classic, which took place on New Year's Day at Nationals Park
Nationals Park
in Washington, D.C., the Capitals wore a newly designed jersey intended to pay homage to hockey's outdoor roots. The primary color of the jersey was a vintage deep red. The addition of stripes on the shoulders, waist and legs brought in elements of Washington's professional hockey jerseys from the 1930s, predating the Capitals franchise's formation in the 1970s. A large "W" on the front of the jersey, topped with the common three stars, offset in blue to contrast the white "Capitals" word-mark. Starting with the 2015–16 season, the Capitals will wear their throwback red third jerseys, replacing the white Winter Classic thirds.

Original logo (1974–1995) 

Second logo (1995–2002) 

Third home logo (2002–2007) 

Current alternate logo (2007–present) 

Players[edit] Current roster[edit]

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Updated February 27, 2018.[20][21]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace

7001190000000000000♠19 Sweden
! Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom (A) 4.0 !C L 30 2006 Gävle, Sweden

7001830000000000000♠83 Canada
! Beagle, JayJay Beagle 7.0 !RW R 32 2007 Calgary, Alberta

7001220000000000000♠22 Canada
! Bowey, MadisonMadison Bowey 2.0 !D R 22 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba

7001720000000000000♠72 United States
United States
! Boyd, TravisTravis Boyd 4.0 !C R 24 2011 Hopkins, Minnesota

7001650000000000000♠65 Sweden
! Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 6.0 !LW L 23 2013 Klagenfurt, Austria

7001740000000000000♠74 United States
United States
! Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 2.0 !D R 28 2008 Natick, Massachusetts

7001390000000000000♠39 Canada
! Chiasson, AlexAlex Chiasson 7.0 !RW R 27 2017 Montreal, Quebec

7001100000000000000♠10 Canada
! Connolly, BrettBrett Connolly 7.0 !RW R 25 2016 Campbell River, British Columbia

7001290000000000000♠29 Sweden
! Djoos, ChristianChristian Djoos 2.0 !D L 23 2012 Göteborg, Sweden

7001200000000000000♠20 Denmark
! Eller, LarsLars Eller 6.0 !LW L 28 2016 Rødovre, Denmark

7001310000000000000♠31 Germany
! Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer 1.0 !G L 26 2010 Rosenheim, Germany

7001700000000000000♠70 Canada
! Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 1.0 !G L 28 2008 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan

7001280000000000000♠28 Czech Republic
Czech Republic
! Jerabek, JakubJakub Jerabek 2.0 !D L 26 2018 Plzen, Czechoslovakia

7000600000000000000♠6 Czech Republic
Czech Republic
! Kempny, MichalMichal Kempny 2.0 !D L 27 2018 Hodonin, Czechoslovakia

7001920000000000000♠92 Russia
! Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 4.0 !C L 25 2010 Chelyabinsk, Russia

7000200000000000000♠2 United States
United States
! Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 2.0 !D R 31 2014 Virginia, Minnesota

7000900000000000000♠9 Russia
! Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 2.0 !D L 26 2009 Novokuznetsk, Soviet Union

7001440000000000000♠44 United States
United States
! Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik (A) 2.0 !D L 37 2014 San Francisco, California

7001770000000000000♠77 United States
United States
! Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 7.0 !RW R 31 2015 Mount Vernon, Washington

7000800000000000000♠8 Russia
! Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin (C) 6.0 !LW R 32 2004 Moscow, Soviet Union

7001250000000000000♠25 Canada
! Smith-Pelly, DevanteDevante Smith-Pelly 6.0 !LW R 25 2017 Scarborough, Ontario

7001180000000000000♠18 Canada
! Stephenson, ChandlerChandler Stephenson 4.0 !C L 23 2012 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

7001130000000000000♠13 Czech Republic
Czech Republic
! Vrana, JakubJakub Vrana 6.0 !LW L 22 2014 Praha, Czech Republic

7001430000000000000♠43 Canada
! Wilson, TomTom Wilson 7.0 !RW R 24 2013 Toronto, Ontario

Retired numbers[edit]

The Capitals honor the retired numbers of Rod Langway, Yvon Labre, Mike Gartner
Mike Gartner
and Dale Hunter
Dale Hunter
with banners in the Capital One Arena.

Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
retired numbers

No. Player Position Career No. retirement

5 Rod Langway D 1982–1993 November 26, 1997

7 Yvon Labre D 1974–1980 November 22, 1980

11 Mike Gartner RW 1979–1989 December 28, 2008

32 Dale Hunter C 1987–1999 March 11, 2000

The NHL retired Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game.[22]

Team captains[edit]

Chris Clark was the 13th team captain of the Capitals. He served as captain from 2006 to 2009.

Doug Mohns, 1974–1975 Bill Clement, 1975–1976 Yvon Labre, 1976–1978 Guy Charron, 1978–1979 Ryan Walter, 1979–1982 Rod Langway, 1982–1993 Kevin Hatcher, 1993–1994 Dale Hunter, 1994–1999 Adam Oates, 1999–2001 Steve Konowalchuk and Brendan Witt, 2001–2002 (co-captains) Steve Konowalchuk, 2002–2003 Jeff Halpern, 2005–2006 Chris Clark, 2006–2009 Alexander Ovechkin, 2010–present

Hall of Famers[edit]

Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
Hall of Famers


Name Position Tenure Inducted

Dino Ciccarelli RW 1989–1992 2010

Sergei Fedorov C 2008–2009 2015

Mike Gartner RW 1979–1989 2001

Phil Housley D 1996–1998 2015

Rod Langway D 1982–1993 2002

Larry Murphy D 1983–1989 2004

Adam Oates C 1997–2002 2012

Scott Stevens D 1982–1990 2007

First-round draft picks[edit]

Tom Wilson was drafted by the Capitals with the sixteenth overall pick in the 2012 draft

1974: Greg Joly (1st overall) 1975: Alex Forsyth (18th overall) 1976: Rick Green (1st overall) and Greg Carroll (15th overall) 1977: Robert Picard (3rd overall) 1978: Ryan Walter
Ryan Walter
(2nd overall) and Tim Coulis (18th overall) 1979: Mike Gartner
Mike Gartner
(4th overall) 1980: Darren Veitch (5th overall) 1981: Bob Carpenter (3rd overall) 1982: Scott Stevens
Scott Stevens
(5th overall) 1983: None 1984: Kevin Hatcher (17th overall) 1985: Yvon Corriveau
Yvon Corriveau
(19th overall) 1986: Jeff Greenlaw (19th overall) 1987: None 1988: Reggie Savage (15th overall) 1989: Olaf Kolzig (19th overall) 1990: John Slaney
John Slaney
(9th overall) 1991: Pat Peake (14th overall) and Trevor Halverson (21st overall) 1992: Sergei Gonchar
Sergei Gonchar
(14th overall) 1993: Brendan Witt
Brendan Witt
(11th overall) and Jason Allison (17th overall) 1994: Nolan Baumgartner
Nolan Baumgartner
(10th overall) and Alexander Kharlamov (15th overall) 1995: Brad Church (17th overall) and Miika Elomo (23rd overall) 1996: Alexandre Volchkov (4th overall) and Jaroslav Svejkovsky (17th overall) 1997: Nick Boynton
Nick Boynton
(9th overall) 1998: None 1999: Kris Beech
Kris Beech
(7th overall) 2000: Brian Sutherby
Brian Sutherby
(26th overall) 2001: None 2002: Steve Eminger
Steve Eminger
(12th overall), Alexander Semin
Alexander Semin
(13th overall), and Boyd Gordon
Boyd Gordon
(17th overall) 2003: Eric Fehr
Eric Fehr
(18th overall) 2004: Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin
(1st overall), Jeff Schultz
Jeff Schultz
(27th overall), and Mike Green (29th overall) 2005: Sasha Pokulok (14th overall) and Joe Finley
Joe Finley
(27th overall) 2006: Nicklas Backstrom (4th overall) and Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
(23rd overall) 2007: Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
(5th overall) 2008: Anton Gustafsson
Anton Gustafsson
(21st overall) and John Carlson (27th overall) 2009: Marcus Johansson (24th overall) 2010: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Evgeny Kuznetsov
(26th overall) 2011: None (pick traded to Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks
for Troy Brouwer) 2012: Filip Forsberg
Filip Forsberg
(11th overall) and Tom Wilson (16th overall) 2013: Andre Burakovsky (23rd overall) 2014: Jakub Vrana (13th overall) 2015: Ilya Samsonov (22nd overall) 2016: Lucas Johansen (28th overall) 2017: None

Franchise scoring leaders[edit] Main article: List of Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom is the franchise's all-time assist leader for the regular season. He record 540 assists in 728 games.

These are the top-ten regular season point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

 *  – current Capitals player

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game


Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G

Alexander Ovechkin* LW 921 558 477 1,035 1.12

Peter Bondra RW 961 472 353 825 0.86

Mike Gartner RW 758 397 392 789 1.04

Nicklas Backstrom* C 734 188 540 728 0.99

Michal Pivonka C 825 181 418 599 0.73

Dale Hunter C 872 181 375 556 0.64

Bengt Gustafsson RW 629 196 359 555 0.88

Mike Ridley C 588 218 329 547 0.93

Calle Johansson D 983 113 361 474 0.48

Dennis Maruk C 343 182 249 431 1.26


Player Pos G

Alexander Ovechkin* LW 558

Peter Bondra RW 472

Mike Gartner RW 397

Mike Ridley C 218

Alexander Semin RW 197

Bengt Gustafsson RW 196

Dave Christian RW 193

Nicklas Backstrom* C 188

Bobby Carpenter C 188

Dennis Maruk C 182


Player Pos A

Nicklas Backstrom* C 540

Alexander Ovechkin* LW 477

Michal Pivonka C 418

Mike Gartner RW 392

Dale Hunter C 375

Calle Johansson D 361

Bengt Gustafsson RW 359

Peter Bondra RW 353

Scott Stevens D 331

Mike Ridley C 329

Head coaches[edit]

Jim Anderson, 1974/75 Red Sullivan, 1974/75 Milt Schmidt, 1974/75–1975/76 Tom McVie, 1975/76–1977/78 Danny Belisle, 1978/79–1979/80 Gary Green, 1979/80–1981/82 Roger Crozier, 1981/82 Bryan Murray, 1981/82–1989/90 Terry Murray, 1989/90–1993/94 Jim Schoenfeld, 1993/94–1996/97 Ron Wilson, 1997/98–2001/02 Bruce Cassidy, 2002/03–2003/04 Glen Hanlon, 2003/04–2007/08 Bruce Boudreau, 2007/08–2011/12 Dale Hunter, 2011/12 Adam Oates, 2012/13–2013/14[23] Barry Trotz, 2014/15–present

NHL awards and trophies[edit]

José Théodore
José Théodore
was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
in the 2009–10 season.

Main article: List of Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
award winners

Presidents' Trophy

2009–10, 2015–16, 2016–17

Prince of Wales Trophy


Hart Memorial Trophy

Alexander Ovechkin: 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13

Lester B. Pearson/Ted Lindsay Award

Alexander Ovechkin: 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10

Art Ross Trophy

Alexander Ovechkin: 2007–08

Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy

Alexander Ovechkin: 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16

Calder Memorial Trophy

Alexander Ovechkin: 2005–06

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Doug Jarvis: 1983–84

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Rod Langway: 1982–83, 1983–84

King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Olaf Kolzig: 2005–06

Vezina Trophy

Jim Carey: 1995–96 Olaf Kolzig: 1999–00 Braden Holtby: 2015–16

William M. Jennings Trophy

Al Jensen and Pat Riggin: 1983–84

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Jose Theodore: 2009–10

Jack Adams Award

Bryan Murray: 1983–84 Bruce Boudreau: 2007–08 Barry Trotz: 2015–16

Postseason All-Star Team

First Team All-Star Rod Langway: 1982–83, 1983–84 Scott Stevens: 1987–88 Jim Carey: 1995–96 Olaf Kolzig: 1999–2000 Alexander Ovechkin: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13*, 2014–15 Mike Green: 2008–09, 2009–10 Braden Holtby: 2015–16 Second Team All-Star Rod Langway: 1984–85 Larry Murphy: 1986–87 Al Iafrate: 1992–93 Sergei Gonchar: 2001–02, 2002–03 Alexander Ovechkin: 2010–11, 2012–13*, 2013–14, 2015–16 Braden Holtby: 2016–17 All-Rookie Team Scott Stevens: 1982–83 Jim Carey: 1994–95 Alexander Ovechkin: 2005–06 Nicklas Backstrom: 2007–08 John Carlson: 2010–11

(*) Ovechkin was selected a First Team All-Star at right wing, and a Second Team All-Star at left wing in 2013. References[edit]

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