The Washington Capitals, based out of Washington, D.C., are an NHL team playing in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. The Capitals joined the National Hockey League in 1974 when the city of Washington, D.C. was awarded an expansion franchise. Since 1997, the team known as the “Caps” has played their home games at D.C.'s Verizon Center and has consistently had some of the league’s highest attendance numbers.
Despite not having won a Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals are one of the most feared teams in hockey year in and year out. Since the late 1980’s, the team has won eight division championships, took home the President's Trophy in 2010, and made a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 1998. In 2004 the Capitals hit the jackpot when they drafted Russian phenom Alexander Ovechkin first overall in the NHL Entry Draft. Since his entrance to the league, Ovechkin has been one of the most talented players the NHL has ever seen. The Caps superstar has taken home four Rocket Richard Trophies as the league’s top goal scorer and was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 2008, 2009, and 2013.
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- Stanley Cup Championships: None
- Retired Numbers: Mike Gartner (11), Dale Hunter (32), Yvon Labre (7), Rod Langway (5)
- Current Stars: Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom
Most popular Washington Capitals players: Braden Holtby
, Evgeny Kuznetsov
, T.J. Oshie