This past Sunday, Washington Capitals defensive prospect Alexander Alexeyev took part in the 11th Annual NHL Players Association Rookie Showcase, which features many of the top rookies in the league held this year the Capitals’ practice facility, MedStar Capitals Iceplex, in Arlington, Virginia. The showcase, sponsored by the NHL Players Association, gave the media, EA Sports, and trading card and memorabilia company Upper Deck the opportunity to get photos and video of players in their new uniforms.
Alexeyev, the team’s first-round pick in 2018 who signed his entry-level contract last year, wore the number 27 on his Capitals sweater at the showcase, the number given to him at the Capitals’ annual Development Camp in 2018. In interviews, he said that his goal is to make the team out of training camp. If he achieves this goal in the near future, and he sticks with No. 27, he will join a long and notable list of players to don the number.
Most fans of the Capitals associate the number 27 with defenseman Karl Alzner, who wore the digits on the back of his sweater for the majority of his nine seasons in D.C., which included an “iron man” streak of over 500 consecutive games played with the franchise before he departed in free agency in the summer of 2017, signing a five-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens, one that has not gone well for Alzner, and may culminate in a request to be moved if he is again demoted to the American Hockey League this season.
The player to wear 27 prior to Alzner was Ben Clymer, who played in 143 games with the Caps from 2005-07. The player to don the number on a Capitals sweater the longest was Dave Christian, who played for the team from 1983-1989.
Below is a list of all players for the Washington Capitals who have worn No. 27:
- Bruce Cowick (1974-75)
- Harvey Bennett (1975-77)
- Paul Nicholson (1976-77)
- Mark Lofthouse (1977-78)
- Nelson Burton (1977-78)
- Rick Bragnalo (1977-78)
- Paul Mulvey (1978-81)
- Harvie Pocza (1981-82)
- Orest Kindrachuk (1981-82)
- Dave Christian (1983-89)
- Bob Joyce (1989-91)
- Mark Hunter (1992)
- Craig Berube (1993-99, 2000-01)
- Terry Yake (2000)
- Chris Ferraro (2001)
- Ivan Ciernik (2002-03)
- Craig Johnson (2004)
- Ben Clymer (2005-07)
- Karl Alzner (2008-15)
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By Diane Doyle