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The Washington Capitals joined the NHL for the 1974-75 season alongside the Kansas City Scouts. They won eight games in their first season, which remains the fewest in a season of at least 70 games. It took until their ninth season for them to reach the postseason but they have been a winning franchise in most seasons since. The 1997-98 season ended in their first Stanley Cup Final appearance, which they lost to the Detroit Red Wings, and the Alex Ovechkin era finally resulted in the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, which they won in 2018.

Today in Hockey History: Sept. 17

Sept. 17 has been a very busy day in NHL history. One franchise played in its first-ever game, while a future Hall of Famer made his league debut. Plus, two of the best goal scorers to ever lace up a pair of skates are celebrating another trip around the sun. So. let’s take our daily trip back in time to revisit all the memories from this date. Sabres Make League Debut The Buffalo Sabres took to the ice for the first time in franchise history on Sept. 17, 1970, as they prepared for their inaugural season. They skated to a…

Ovechkin, His Milestone Goals & the Goalies He Beat

*This article was updated in March 2023 On June 26, 2004, the Washington Capitals drafted Alexander Ovechkin with the first overall selection in the NHL Draft. It was known then that he would be a special player for the Capitals moving forward, but did anyone know just how historic he would be? Since coming into the league, he’s been arguably the most prolific goal scorer – cementing his place among NHL lore. While he may not have the overall record – yet – it’s on the verge of becoming a no-doubter with each passing game. On Dec. 13, 2022, he…

7 Cool Things About Alexander Ovechkin

The Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin is this generation’s greatest goal-scorer, and up on the Mt. Rushmore of all-time snipers. He has 813 goals since entering the NHL in 2005-06, 269 more than Sidney Crosby, who’s next on the list. But it was an assist that earned Ovechkin his latest milestone. With a helper on T.J. Oshie’s goal against the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 5, he passed Sergei Fedorov for the most points by a Russian-born player in NHL history. Ovechkin earned his 1,180th point in his 1,055th game, 193 fewer than it took Fedorov. That’s one cool thing, here are…

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What year were the Washington Capitals founded?

The Washington Capitals joined the NHL for the 1974-75 season.

When did the Washington Capitals play their first game?

The Washington Capitals played their first game on Oct. 9, 1974, against the New York Rangers, which they lost 6-3.

Who is the current head coach of the Washington Capitals?

Peter Laviolette is the current head coach for the Washington Capitals.