HISTORY

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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
How The Capitals Got Their Name, And Some Of The Names That Didn’t Make The Cut
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
Arizona
Pittsburgh
Nashville
Raleigh/Carolina

Retro Season Recaps
1982-1983 Season
1989-1990 Season
1997-1998 Season
2008-2009 Season
2009-2010 Season

Retro Game Recaps
The Best 60 Minutes In Capitals Franchise History – Lightning @ Capitals (5/21/2018)
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)
A Win Before the True Blues of Winter – Capitals @ Blues (12/1/2010)
Home Opener Saturday Night Fights – Capitals @ Devils (10/09/2010)
Backstrom from the Brink – Capitals @ Blackhawks (03/14/2010)
Sn’Ovechkin Super Bowl Sunday – Penguins @ Capitals (02/07/2010)
Thrashed by Snowstorm & Thrashing the Thrashers – Thrashers @ Capitals (02/05/2010)
Sunrise Begins After Darkness – Capitals @ Panthers (01/13/2010)
A Dance with the Devils – Devils @ Capitals (12/26/2009)
A Pyrrhic Victory and Casualties in Carolina – Capitals @ Hurricanes (11/30/2009)
Saint Nicholas Day and Sucker Punches – Capitals @ Flyers (12/05/2009)
Fish Out of Water – Sharks @ Capitals (10/15/2009)
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)
Climatic Clinching at Home – Panthers @ Capitals (04/05/2008)
Scoring up a Storm – Capitals @ Hurricanes (03/25/2008)
Beginnings With Bruce And Backstrom Birthday – Capitals @ Flyers (11/23/2007)
Backy To The Beginning – Capitals @ Senators (11/07/2007)
Ovechkin Debut and Post Lockout Opener – Blue Jackets @ Capitals (10/05/2005)
A Whale of a Hat Trick in Hartford – Capitals @ Whalers (03/18/1999)
Number 12 for Two: Capitals @ Canadiens (11/15/1997)
Sabre Rattling – Capitals @ Sabres (11/13/1997)
A Milestone and a Cloud of Controversy- Oilers @ Capitals (11/08/1997)
Bonzai Snatches Victory From Defeat – Islanders @ Capitals (02/03/1996)
The Beginning of a Drought in Dallas – Capitals @ Stars (10/17/1995)
Early Bonzai Birthday Present – Lightning @ Capitals (02/05/1994)
See-Saw Fight in Landover – Flyers @ Capitals (03/23/1986)
Saturday Night Rivalry – Rangers @ Capitals (03/03/1984)
A Gould-en Comeback – Capitals @ Jets (10/30/1983)
Maruk Flies High Against the Jets – Jets @ Capitals (12/4/1981)
Miracle on Capital Centre Ice – Canadiens @ Capitals (02/19/1980)
Capitals Go To Japan – Capitals vs. Scouts (04/14-18/1976)
Capitals first win – Blackhawks @ Capitals (10/17/1974)
Capitals first game – Capitals @ Rangers (10/09/1974)

Streaks
The Capitals Season-Ending, Playoff-Clinching Winning Streak of 2007-2008
Mike Green’s Scoring Streak of 2008-2009
The Capitals Historic Winning Streak of 2010 – Part 1
The Capitals Historic Winning Streak of 2010 – Part 2

Capitals Alumni Profiles
Brian Bellows
Craig Berube
Peter Bondra
Troy Brouwer
Bobby Carpenter
Guy  Charron
Dave Christian
Dino Ciccarelli
Sylvain Cote
Gaetan Duchesne
Mike Gartner
Sergei Gonchar
Boyd Gordon
Bobby Gould
Mike Green
Rick Green
Bengt Gustafson
Alan Haworth
Alan Hangsleben
Kevin Hatcher
Matt Hendricks
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
Adam Oates
Michal Pivonka
Brian Pothier
Mike Ridley
Alexander Semin
Scott Stevens
Mikhail Tatarinov
Ryan Walter
Brendan Witt