Category Archives: History

What Will Washington Wear? : The Champions’ Third Sweater (READERS POLL)

USA Today It’s no small secret that when Adidas took over as the NHL’s official apparel manufacturer, they decided to cut back on their first years work in a less than ideal way: by cutting every team’s alternate third jersey … Continue reading

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Washington Capitals Milestones in Sight for 2018-19 Season

Photo: Washington Capitals During the 2018-2019 season, several players on the Capitals’ roster could reach career milestones in various statistical categories, including Games Played, Goals, Assists, and Points. As they achieve these milestones, they move up on All-Time Lists for … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Washington Capitals’ 2007-2008 Season

Photo: NHL via Getty Images The 2007-08 season was to be a new beginning for the Washington Capitals in many ways.  This, for a team that was hoping to earn a playoff berth, after three consecutive last place finishes in … Continue reading

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The Cupless Caps: An Open Letter to the Former Caps Who Just Missed the Glory

Paul Sancya/Associated Press We’ve all thought about it at one point or another since June, “I wish _____ had been on the team when the Capitals won the Stanley Cup”. It’s common to grow a personal fondness to certain players, … Continue reading

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Physical Value: Tom Wilson, Fisticuffs, and a Personal Look Back

At one time, fighting was a common and nightly occurrence in the NHL, with players dropping the gloves seemingly on a night-to-night basis. Over the years, however, physicality has become secondary in importance to skill and there few players in … Continue reading

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Capitals Alumni Profile: Doug Mohns

Photo: NHL Via Getty Images In the Capitals’ 44-year history, 14 players have had the captain’s “C” adorn their sweater. In their tumultuous and disastrous inaugural season (1974-75), the “C” was worn by longtime NHLer Doug Mohns. In this latest … Continue reading

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Retro Recap – October 17, 1974 – The Washington Capitals First Ever Win

Photo: Washington Capitals Going into the game on October 17, 1974, the Chicago Blackhawks were one of the NHL’s powerhouse teams.  They had won the Stanley Cup just two years before and had earned 105 points the previous season which … Continue reading

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The Capitals Come to Washington: Expansion of the Washington Hockey Franchise

On June 4, 1972, the National Hockey League (NHL) board of governors awarded Washington, DC and Kansas City expansion franchises who would be the 17th and 18th franchises in the NHL. 

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Three Years of the Osh-Babe: A Look at the T.J. Oshie Trade Three Years Later

While NHL free agency and a number of signings have dominated the headlines among Capitals fans, July 2 marks the three-year anniversary of the Capitals’ acquisition of right wing T.J. Oshie. In this trade, NoVa Caps looks back on the … Continue reading

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21st Century Capitals: A Look At the Capitals’ Draft Picks Since 2000

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The 2018 NHL Entry Draft is be the first draft that will involve drafting of players primarily born in 2000; i.e. after the “turn of the millennium”.  According to sociologists, this is the beginning of the transition … Continue reading

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