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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.

Gretzky, Ovechkin and the Goalies They Scored On (A Lot)

Hockey fans who were old enough probably remember where they were on Mar. 23, 1994. Wayne Gretzky, known as The Great One, took a pass from longtime teammate Marty McSorely and fired a snapshot past Kirk McLean to become the league’s all-time scorer with 802 goals.  The historical moment was Gretzky’s 13th career goal against McLean, who spent the bulk of his career as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. Gretzky finished his career with 21 goals against McLean, which isn’t the only goalie The Great One terrorized. Richard Brodeur will forever be linked with Gretzky because he surrendered the…

Capitals Prospect Ryan Leonard Showing Star Potential in NCAA

The Washington Capitals have been quite strong to start out their 2023-24 campaign. Looking away from their current team and into the future, there is a lot for Capitals fans to be excited about. The Capitals’ top prospect Ryan Leonard has exploded in the NCAA this season and he is beginning to show signs of being a future superstar in the NHL. Aside from his offensive output, he does the little things away from the puck right as well. He is proving that he slipped farther down the draft than he should’ve and that the Capitals got a steal when…

3 Potential Trade Destinations for Blues’ Jakub Vrána

There have been three games for the St. Louis Blues with Jakub Vrána as a healthy scratch this season. On both occasions, head coach Craig Berube mentioned the idea of needing more from him in every phase of the game. I don’t think the Blues have handled this situation perfectly, especially with their lack of giving Vrána an opportunity to play with a passer like Robert Thomas to maximize his goal-scoring ability. There is no word of whether Vrána is actually on the trade block or not, but it seems to be heading in the wrong direction. It’s been less…

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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.