Over a year ago, we did a post on every Washington Capitals jersey and asked which one was your favorite 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. With two new additions this season, we’re asking the same question again: What’s your favorite Capitals jersey?
First, here are the results from that January 12, 2020 poll:
1974-1994: The Original
A simple red, white, and blue style for Washington’s inaugural year.
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.
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.
2017 Adidas Rebrand
The Adidas version of the present sweaters provided a lighter, stronger, and cooler construction.
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.
2021 Adidas Reverse Retro
The Adidas Reverse Retro alternate jerseys are a play on throwback jerseys with modern twists. Reimagined in the patriotic colors of the flag, the iconic Reverse Retro jersey features the screaming eagle design and will remind fans of the 1997-98 Capitals team that was comprised of players including Peter Bondra, Olie Kolzig, and Calle Johansson.
Originally part of a Capitals re-brand that included switching to a lighter shade of blue, the patriotic sweater will be made in the current Capitals red, white, and blue. The team originally introduced new logos and uniforms with a blue, black, and bronze color scheme in 1995, and retired the look in 2007. The Capitals’ Reverse Retro jersey was the top seller at the NHL shop during the first week it rolled out, which was December 1-6.
2021 Blue Third Alternate
The new third alternate jersey was modeled after the 2018 Stadium Series sweater. The large W on the front serves as a tribute to Washington, D.C., with the Washington monument structure peaking in the middle of the W. The “W” stands alone as a Capital Letter to symbolize the strength of the nation’s Capital. The color scheme is aligned with the United States of America’s flag; with each color also representing attributes displayed by Capitals fans: red stands for dedication, white represents loyalty, and blue honors community. The Three Stars represent Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
During select games the third jersey is worn, the Capitals honor a frontline worker as the team’s Blue Star of the Game. The Blue Star of the Game will be spotlighted, receive a jersey and be an honorary member of the game’s starting lineup in honor of their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Incorporating the top five jerseys from our last poll with the additions of the Reverse Retro and Blue Third Alternate, which one is your favorite?
By Della Young