Joe Beninati Wins 12th Capital Emmy Award as Capitals’ Play-by-Play Announcer

36087813_10160544825975367_2214645000795324416_nUnless one is new to Capitals hockey, every Capitals fan who has watched a game broadcast on television will know and have had the pleasure of listening to the broadcasting duo of Capitals TV play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati and color analyst Craig Laughlin on NBC Sports Washington. Beninati, in particular has garnered national recognition for his outstanding play-calling. And tonight, he will receive another Capital Emmy Award for his work as a broadcaster.

The Capital Emmy Award win is Beninati’s 12th and earlier this year was recognized by the National Sports Media Association as the D.C. Sportscaster of the Year. Beninati has been calling games for the Caps since 1994 and will be entering his 24th year working alongside Laughlin. The Capital Emmys are awarded by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards those working in the television industry in the Maryland and Virginia area. Prior to the 2015-16 season, NoVa Caps had a chance to interview Joe and learn more about his career path to the voice of the Capitals.

Throughout the night, his NBC Sports Washington co-worker Rob Carlin (who accompanied Joe to the banquet) tweeted his congratulations as well as pictures from the celebration. Joe himself tweeted a photo of longtime Washington broadcaster Jim Vance, who died last year thanking him for his contribution to broadcasting. The band at the awards show played “We Are the Champions” upon Joe’s name being announced (which is unofficially the Capitals’ current team song).

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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