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While people around the world have finished or are finishing their Christmas Day celebrations, for three former members of the Washington Capitals, they have double the reason to celebrate, as their birthdays fall on arguably the most festive holiday of the year. In this special Christmas Day Capitals Alumni Profile, NoVa Caps looks back at the Capitals careers of left wing Dave Kryskow, defenseman Dmitri Mironov, and right wing Brian Stapleton.
Dave Kryskow was a member of the Capitals during their inaugural season in 1974-75, playing 51 games. Originally selected from the Chicago Blackhawks by the Capitals with the sixth overall pick in the 1974 NHL Expansion Draft, Kryskow was an original member of the team in what was a dreadful first campaign in the league. Kryskow played in the aforementioned 51 games, scoring nine goals and adding 15 assists for 24 points, with a minus-29 rating. On February 8, 1975, the Caps traded Kryskow to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for defenseman Jack Lynch, who would go on to play the remaining 233 games of his NHL career with the Caps, recording 75 points. Kryskow would play 18 games with Detroit, recording just one goal and four assists. He would go on to see stints with the then-Atlanta Flames, and the World Hockey Association’s Calgary Cowboys and then-member Winnipeg Jets, before retiring from professional hockey. Despite being traded mid-season, Kryskow’s 24 points ranked seventh amongst all skaters at the conclusion of the year.
Mironov (above) was signed by the Capitals in free agency on July 29, 1998, following the team’s run to the 1998 Stanley Cup Final (in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings), signing a four-year, $11.5 million deal. Mironov’s first season in the District saw the Capitals regress from the previous season, going 31-45-6 and finishing third in the now defunct Southeast Division. Mironov played in only 46 games, scoring twice and adding 14 assists for 16 points, with a plus/minus rating of minus-5, averaging 19:51 minutes a night for then-Head Coach Ron Wilson. Mironov’s second season in D.C. was much more productive, as he played in 73 games, recording 22 points (three goals, 19 assists), finishing the season with a plus-7 rating while averaging 20:22 of ice time a night (which would turn out to be his highest average in minutes with the Capitals). In what would be his final season in the NHL/career and with the Caps (2000-01), Mironov, then-35, recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in just 36 games played, averaging 16:32 of ice time, with a minus-7 rating. In a total of three season with the Caps, Mironov played in 155 games, scoring eight goals and adding 38 assists for 46 points, with a minus-5 rating and an average of 19:19 of ice time a night.
Unlike the other two former Capitals, Stapleton did not see substantial time in a Capitals sweater, appearing in just one game during the 1975-76 season, recording no points and finishing with a minus-2 rating.
By Michael Fleetwood
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