From Screaming Eagle To The Weagle: What’s Your Favorite Washington Capitals Jersey?

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The Washington Capitals have been through a lot in their 46-year existence— most notably a Stanley Cup Championship in 2018. As we begin a new decade, a topic I have seen recently is a favorite jersey the team has worn. It’s an interesting aspect of any team to reflect on the various threads from the retro days, the modern era, and special events.

1974-1994: The Original

A simple red, white, and blue style for Washington’s inaugural year.

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1995-2006: Screaming Eagle

Just over two decades later, the Capitals introduced their first rebrand. The sweaters would have a new logo deemed as the “Screaming Eagle” with a blue, bronze, and black color scheme.

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1997-2006: Black Capitol

The Capitol Building was featured in the next sweaters. These were styled in black and gold with pops of blue in the late 90s to mid-2000s.

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2007-Present: The Rebrand

The team switched back to the red, white, and blue color scheme along with a new, modernized logo. The “Weagle” shoulder patch incorporated imagery from the two prior sweaters: the eagle and the Capitol in the Reebok version.

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2011 Winter Classic

In the Capitals’ first Winter Classic appearance against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team paid tribute to the original jerseys worn in 1974.

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2015 Winter Classic

Four years later, Washington hosted the 2015 Winter Classic at Nationals Park against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was a never-before-seen look that tied in features from previous jerseys such as the stars and stripes. The deep red and blue color scheme created a contrast to the special Capitals logo.

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2015 Third Throwback

The 2015-16 season’s alternate jersey was modeled after the team’s original red sweater.

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2017 Adidas Rebrand

The Adidas version of the present sweaters provided a lighter, stronger, and cooler construction.

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2018 Stadium Series

The Capitals hosted their first Stadium Series game at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2017-18 season. It was also the first time the team wore a navy blue jersey. The team’s informal nickname, Caps, took center stage on these sweaters.

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To read more about the Capitals’ jersey history, click here.

Caps fans, what is your favorite jersey the team has worn?

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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6 Responses to From Screaming Eagle To The Weagle: What’s Your Favorite Washington Capitals Jersey?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Since we lose a lot with the current third jersey, the Caps should go with a winter classic or stadium series option instead. I’m partial to the 2018 navy blue one.

    • Anonymous says:

      Always felt the next-generation of capitals uniforms will be blue, just because it’s next, it’s blues turn.

  2. meh says:

    Wow. Lot’s of variety in tastes. I like the current iteration and it will always be tied to the Cup. I like the old school too, but would like to see a new alternate jersey, preferably something that builds on the Weagle.

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