CAPS 101

Our ‘Capitals 101’ series is a section of our website curated for and dedicated to Washington Capitals fans who may be relatively new to the game of hockey, fans new to the Washington Capitals franchise, or seasoned fans wanting to take a walk down memory lane.

We love new fans to the game and strive to encourage and facilitate education and growth of the sport, and want to help Capitals fans in any any way possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask a question!

Articles on the History of the Washington Capitals franchise:
The Capitals Come to Washington: Expansion of the Washington Hockey Franchise
Abe Pollin – The Man Who Started it All
Dick Patrick – Team President for 30 Years
The Capital Centre – Remembering The Capitals First Home
Taking a Look Back at the Capitals’ First Uniforms
Evolution of the Capitals Goalies
Washington Capitals Media Guide Covers (1974-present)

NoVa Caps Interviews with Capitals Alumni
Langway’s Legacy – A Culture of Success for the Washington Capitals
Catching Up with Dennis Maruk
Interview with Kevin “Killer” Kaminski
Catching Up with Joe Beninati

Hockey 101 Series
NoVa Caps Guide to the “Trade Deadline”
NoVa Caps Guide to “Free Agency”
NoVa Caps Guide to the “Salary Cap”
NoVa Caps Origin of the Stanley Cup
NoVa Caps Guide to the Offsides rule
NoVa Caps Guide to Preseason Rules

Inside The Game
What Equipment Does T.J. Oshie Use and How Much Does It Cost
What Goalie Equipment Does Braden Holtby Use and How Much Does It Cost?

Collector’s Corner
Memorabilia From Mike Green’s Scoring Streak
Inside MeiGrays Game-Used Jersey Warehouse 
12th Annual NoVa Game Used Jersey Expo
11th Annual NoVa Game Used Jersey Expo

Road Trip Reports

Retro Season Recaps
2008-2009 Season

Retro Game Recaps
The Shootout – Capitals @ Panthers (10/18/2014)
Rumble In South Philly – Capitals @ Flyers (11/01/2013)
Red Balloon Brings Hope – Coyotes @ Capitals (11/21/2011)
Birth Of A Beast – Capitals @ Bruins (11/05/2011)
Home Opener Saturday Night Fights – Capitals @ Devils (10/09/2010)
Thrashed by Snowstorm & Thrashing the Thrashers – Thrashers @ Capitals (02/05/2010)
A Dance with the Devils – Devils @ Capitals (12/26/2009)
Saint Nicholas Day and Sucker Punches – Capitals @ Flyers (12/05/2009)
Opening Night at TD Garden – Capitals @ Bruins (10/01/2009)
A Green Valentines Day – Capitals @ Lightning (02/14/2009)
Miracle on 33rd Street – Capitals @ Rangers (12/23/2008)
Carolina Comeback – Hurricanes @ Capitals (11/06/2008)
Ovechkin Debut and Post Lockout Opener – Blue Jackets @ Capitals (10/05/2005)
The Beginning of a Drought in Dallas – Capitals @ Stars (10/17/1995)
Saturday Night Rivalry – Rangers @ Capitals (03/03/1984
Capitals first win – Blackhawks @ Capitals (10/17/1974)
Capitals first game – Capitals @ Rangers (10/09/1974)

Capitals Alumni Profiles
Brian Bellows
Craig Berube
Peter Bondra
Troy Brouwer
Bobby Carpenter
Dave Christian
Dino Ciccarelli
Gaetan Duchesne
Mike Gartner
Sergei Gonchar
Boyd Gordon
Mike Green
Rick Green
Bengt Gustafson
Alan Hangsleben
Kevin Hatcher
Phil Housley
Dale Hunter
Doug Jarvis
Al Jensen
Calle Johansson
Brent Johnson
Greg Joly
Joe Juneau
Steve Konowalchuck
Dmitri Khristich
Brooks Laich
Rod Langway
Craig Laughlin
Dennis Maruk
Alan May
Kelly Miller
Doug Mohns
Larry Murphy
Michael Nylander
Michal Pivonka
Brian Pothier
Mike Ridley
Alexander Semin
Scott Stevens
Brendan Witt