Capitals Alumni Profile: Doug Mohns

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In the Capitals’ 44-year history, 14 players have had the captain’s “C” adorn their sweater. In their tumultuous and disastrous inaugural season (1974-75), the “C” was worn by longtime NHLer Doug Mohns. In this latest Capitals Alumni Profile, NoVa Caps takes a look back at his Capitals career.

The Capitals acquired the late Mohns, who at the time was 41, in a trade with the then-Atlanta Flames; in exchange for cash considerations pm June 20, 1974. Prior to being acquired by the expansion Capitals, Mohns had spent time with the Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins.

As the oldest player on the team, Mohns was an easy choice for captain and having played with players such as Bobby Orr, the Capitals hoped Mohns’ experience and leadership would prove useful to the first-year team. Mohns was known as a versatile player during his career, playing both as a forward and defenseman. While he did play left wing at times during his first and only season with the Caps, he served primarily as a blueliner. In 75 games played with the Capitals in 1974-75, Mohns scored two goals and added 19 assists for 21 points, with a minus-54 rating in what was the worst season in NHL history for not only an inaugural team, but any team from 1949 to the present day (8-67-5). Mohns’ 21 points was good enough for eighth-most on the team after the season, he retired from the NHL at the age of 41.

Mohns was one of the first players in the history of the league to wear a helmet and while his tenure with the Capitals was a brief one, he will always hold the distinction of being the first Capital to wear the iconic “C” on his sweater and his leadership and experience through what was an absolute catastrophe of a year for the Capitals. Mohns passed away in 2014 at the age of 80 in Massachusetts.

By Michael Fleetwood

Check out NoVa Caps’ other Capitals Alumni Profiles here.

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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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2 Responses to Capitals Alumni Profile: Doug Mohns

  1. DayOne Caps Fanatic says:

    A true shame that Doug Mohns couldn’t have his day with the 2018 Stanley Cup, courtesy of Alex Ovechkin. But Bill Clement is still available! So is Guy Charron, Kevin Hatcher, Yvon Labre and a bunch of others. I would attend a “Captain’s Fest” for former Caps Captains to get a mug shot with Lord Stanley’s Cup

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