May 24, 2018

Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Since their founding in 1974, the Capitals have won two conference championships (in 1998 and 2018), and eleven division titles. In 1997, the team moved their home ice hockey rink from the suburban Capital Centre (located in Landover, Maryland) to the new MCI Center (now Capital One Arena), in Washington, D.C.

Businessman Ted Leonsis has owned the team since 1999, and has revitalized the franchise by drafting star players such as Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Braden Holtby. The 2009–10 Capitals won the franchise’s first-ever Presidents’ Trophy for being the team with the most points at the end of the regular season. They won it a second time in 2015–16, and did so for a third time the following season in 2016–17.

Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals

Arena/Stadium: Capital One Arena
Owner(s): Monumental Sports & Entertainment; (Ted Leonsis, chairman)
Mascot: Slapshot
Coach: Barry Trotz
Did you know: The Washington Capitals have the fifth-longest active post-season appearance streak in NHL (4 seasons).
Washington Capitals Roster
CENTERS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
19 Nicklas Backstrom 30 6-1 213 L Gavle, Sweden 11/23/87
83 Jay Beagle 32 6-3 215 R Calgary, Alberta 10/16/85
72 Travis Boyd 24 5-11 185 R Edina, Minnesota 9/14/93
20 Lars Eller 29 6-2 207 L Rodovre, Denmark 5/8/89
92 Evgeny Kuznetsov 26 6-2 192 L Chelyabinsk, Russia 5/19/92
18 Chandler Stephenson 24 6-0 204 L Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 4/22/94
13 Jakub Vrana 22 5-11 195 L Prague, Czech Republic 2/28/96
LEFT WINGS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
65 Andre Burakovsky 23 6-3 202 L Klagenfurt, Austria 2/9/95
63 Shane Gersich 21 5-11 175 L Chaska, Minnesota 7/10/96
8 Alex Ovechkin 32 6-3 239 R Moscow, USSR 9/17/85
79 Nathan Walker 24 5-9 186 L Cardiff, Wales 2/7/94
RIGHT WINGS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
39 Alex Chiasson 27 6-4 208 R Montreal, Quebec 10/1/90
10 Brett Connolly 26 6-2 193 R Campbell River, British Columbia 5/2/92
77 T.J. Oshie 31 6-0 189 R Mt. Vernon, Washington 12/23/86
25 Devante Smith-Pelly 25 6-0 215 R Scarborough, Ontario 6/14/92
43 Tom Wilson 24 6-4 215 R Toronto, Ontario 3/29/94
DEFENSE
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
22 Madison Bowey 23 6-1 195 R Winnipeg, Manitoba 4/22/95
74 John Carlson 28 6-3 215 R Natick, Massachusetts 1/10/90
29 Christian Djoos 23 6-0 164 L Gothenburg, Sweden 8/6/94
28 Jakub Jerabek 27 5-11 200 L Plzen, Czech Republic 5/12/91
6 Michal Kempny 27 6-0 194 L Hodonin, Czech Republic 9/8/90
2 Matt Niskanen 31 6-1 200 R Virginia, Minnesota 12/6/86
9 Dmitry Orlov 26 5-11 212 L Novokuznetsk, USSR 7/23/91
44 Brooks Orpik 37 6-3 221 L San Francisco, California 9/26/80
GOALIES
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
1 Pheonix Copley 26 6-4 196 L North Pole, Alaska 1/18/92
31 Philipp Grubauer 26 6-1 182 L Rosenheim, Germany 11/25/91
70 Braden Holtby 28 6-2 217 L Lloydminster, Saskatchewan 9/16/89
Coach: Barry Trotz