For a hockey team to succeed, it it takes more than just players, coaches, front office staff, and the team personnel most familiar to fans. One such group of personnel includes the equipment staff, who are crucial to the team’s players having and maintaining their playing gear before and during games, and in between games. For Assistant Equipment Manager Craig “Woody” Leydig, that has been a part of his job for the past 30 seasons, and the Capitals’ celebrated Leydig’s contributions in his 2,500th game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Leydig, who is in his 31st season with the Capitals since being hired in 1988, worked his 2,500th game as the Caps’ Assistant Equipment Manager against the Columbus Blue Jackets and was honored in-game by the team and the team’s public relations department congratulated him on Twitter before the game.
— Washington ☃️ Capitals (@Capitals) December 10, 2019
Leydig received the nickname “Woody” from former Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy, who gave him the moniker after the character Woody Boyd from the long-running popular 1980’s and 1990’s sitcom “Cheers“. He was behind the bench for the Capitals’ trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998, numerous coaching changes, the many playoff disappointments, and when the Caps won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in June 2018, and spent his day with the Stanley Cup on July 3, 2018, spending the day with his family and also taking the Cup to the Capital Gazette newspaper’s office at the time just days after the company lost five employees in a shooting at their headquarters.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) December 9, 2019
By Michael Fleetwood