A “Simply Sensational” 25 Years! Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin Celebrate 25 Years As A Broadcast Duo

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On a nightly basis every season, Washington Capitals fans have the voices of television Play-by-Play announcer Joe Beninati and Color analyst Craig Laughlin enter their living rooms, narrating the ups, downs, and in-betweens of every game. On Saturday night, the duo celebrated 25 years of calling games together, the longest-tenured broadcast duo in the NHL.

Beninati and Laughlin first began as a tandem in the 1996-97 season, and have been an integral part in the game day experience of fans at home ever since.

Prior to the team’s Saturday night game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the two were presented with custom third-jerseys emblazed with the number “25” and their respective nicknames adorning the nameplate.

During the first period of the Capitals’ game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals paid tribute to the duo’s longevity and contributions to the team with a video montage highlighting their antics over the last 25 years.

Joe B and Locker have been on the air for many memorable moments in the last two decades of Capitals hockey, and their chemistry and ability to inform and entertain viewers have made them beloved figures in the Capitals community.

Fans and others took to social media to give tributes of their own in honor of 25 years:

The duo sat down with NBC Washington yesterday and discussed their career together, Alex Ovechkin, and “secrets” about the other:

Over 25 years, Joe and Craig have provided in-depth commentary and narration for moments that have been monumental ones in the history of the franchise, which was acknowledged by the Capital One Arena faithful after the video tribute.

A trip down memory lane:

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Congratulations Joe B and Locker on 25 fantastic and memorable years! Here’s to many more!

 

 

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to A “Simply Sensational” 25 Years! Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin Celebrate 25 Years As A Broadcast Duo

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Joe B and Locker! 25 more!

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