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The Washington Capitals held a moment of silence for Washington-area real estate developer and managing partner and owner of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, Ted Lerner, ahead of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Born in Washington, D.C. October 15, 1925, Lerner was a successful real estate developer in the DMV, developing fixtures such as Dulles Town Center and Tyson’s Corner through his company, Lerner Enterprises. The 97-year old passed away on February 12 from pneumonia.
The @Capitals join the Washington, D.C. community in honoring the life and legacy of @Nationals owner Ted Lerner 🙌 pic.twitter.com/wkDtSui7Ti
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) February 15, 2023
Lerner is best-known, however, as the longtime managing partner and owner of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, purchasing the club (which relocated from Montreal as the Expos in 2005) in 2006 and overseeing operations of the club until stepping down in 2018. The Nats won the franchise’s first World Series championship in 2019 (one year after the Caps secured their first-ever Stanley Cup) further securing the close ties between the two teams. Lerner was a partner in Capitals owner Ted Leonsis’ Monumental Sports and Entertainment and the Nationals also hosted the 2015 Winter Classic at their home field, Nationals Park.