October 2, 2014

A breakdown of the Washington Capitals 2015 Winter Classic sweaters

Washington Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis took the podium at National’s Park on Tuesday afternoon, joined by other prominent names in the hockey world to reveal the jerseys the Capitals will wear for the 2015 Winter Classic.

“New Year’s Day used to be about college football. Now New Year’s Day is about the NHL,” said Leonsis.

A bold statement, as New Year’s Day is still mostly dominated by college football, but now cedes some of the spotlight to the NHL, since the Winter Classic series began in 2008. Leonsis says he knew he wanted one to be in DC since he watched the inaugural game with his family six years ago.

The wait for the Winter Classic sweaters, for fans, at least was perhaps more arduous than waiting for the venue to be announced. The Capitals’ opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, was old news, and it seemed clear from the initial announcement at Capitals Fan Fest on September 21, 2013 that Nationals Park was the venue that made the most sense for the event (this was confirmed September 6 in a report by the Washington Post and later confirmed by the NHL).

But what would they wear?

Taking into account that the franchise is celebrating their 40th anniversary this upcoming season, it was expected that some type of retro design would be used. While teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens have been in existence since 1917, the Capitals comparatively don’t have the benefit of almost 10 decades to draw from.

Unlike the 2011-12 season, where the Capitals introduced a 1974-era third jersey similar to the one worn in the 2011 Winter Classic (essentially the same), the 2015 Winter Classic sweaters are not currently planned to be used as third jerseys, according to the Capitals’ senior writer Mike Vogel. It is always possible that these sweaters could eventually replace the current third jerseys at some point in the future, but that’s not in the plans right now.

Since the retro 1974-esque theme had already been done, the Capitals delved into the history of hockey in Washington D.C., namely the Washington Eagles, an Eastern Hockey League (EHL) team, who played where the Kennedy Center stands now, from 1939-1942. After the Eagles folded, a new team, the Washington Lions, was formed, and played in D.C. in different iterations from 1941-1957. The Lions were relocated to Cincinnati and became the Mohawks, but the Lions were resurrected and persisted until 1957, when their name was changed to the Washington Presidents, who hung around through 1960, when the Washington Chiefs entered the D.C.  sports scene. The Chiefs were considered an independent team, and played from 1971-1976. The Capital Centre was built in 1973, and ushered in a new era of hockey in D.C – the Washington Capitals.

The NHL, the Capitals and Reebok designed the sweaters, according to a press release, and began the process about a year ago.

The design combines several The principal color of the jerseys is described as a “deep red”, technically a shade called oxblood, somewhere between bordeaux and burgundy (thanks, Pantone), a departure from the typical bright Capitals red, and gives the sweaters a vintage look. Stripes on each shoulder, the waist of the jersey, and the legs are meant to harken to the jersey of the Washington Eagles of the 1930s and ’40s.

The 1941-42 Washington Eagles. Image courtesy of http://icehockey.wikia.com/.

The 1941-42 Washington Eagles. Image courtesy of http://icehockey.wikia.com/

The “Capitals” wordmark emblazoned on the front is in all capital letters (a clever touch, to be sure) and incorporates stars, a signature look present on Capitals jerseys throughout the years.. Underneath the stars, a large “W” in Prussian blue (also known as midnight blue) dominates the chest. But this is no ordinary “W”. The letter stands for Washington, obviously, but it contains a hidden message – the center of the letter is curved in such a way as to represent the shape of the Washington Monument. The “W” symbol is also present on the pants (which are also blue) the players will wear with the jersey.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

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Player numbers, as well as “C” and “A” designations are in white, outlined in the same Prussian blue as the “W” on the chest and the pants. The contrast created by the bright white set in blue accent helps the numbers pop, which is helpful for announcers calling the game and spectators watching from the stands.

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The pants feature a star design on the outside of each leg, bookended by white stripes. The “W” on the left leg of the pants is in white with three white stars perched atop the letter.

Unlike many jerseys that feature faux laces at the neck, the jerseys have actual laces, accented by the Prussian blue around the collar.

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Seen in broad daylight, the oxblood color of the jersey stands out more than against the red background that doesn’t offer much contrast or lend itself to accentuating the nuances of the design.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Washington Capitals “40 Greatest Caps”

The Washington Capitals recently announced voting for the “40 Greatest Caps” to commemorate their 40th anniversary season this year. The voting is for 10 additions to the “30 Greatest Caps” they did 10 years ago.

Here’s the entire ballot.

Here’s how the District Sports Page staff voted. Each person could vote for up to 10 players on the ballot: [Read more...]

Washington Capitals announce season-long celebration of franchise’s 40th anniversary

For the Washington Capitals and its fans, opening night of the 2014-15 regular season will hold more than just the excitement of beginning another year of hockey. When they host the Montreal Canadiens on October 9, it will mark the 40th anniversary of the very first game played by the Capitals on October 9, 1974 against the New York Rangers. To mark the occasion, Capitals legends (to be announced) will participate in a ceremonial puck drop, and the Capitals will wear their white alternate sweaters for the game.

The Capitals announced Wednesday that all players will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys throughout the season, which features the Capitals weagle and a six stars logo. All game pucks will also feature the anniversary graphic (seeOPE below).


Press release:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate the team’s 40th anniversary season during the 2014-15 NHL campaign with several season-long initiatives in honor of the team’s history, players and fan base.

The Capitals 40th anniversary season celebration includes a commemorative logo, featuring the Capitals weagle and six stars in honor of the history of the Capitals. The logo will be worn as a patch on the team’s jerseys throughout the season and displayed on all home game pucks.

The Capitals’ Opening Night at Verizon Center presented by GEICO against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 9 marks the anniversary of the franchise’s first game at the New York Rangers on Oct. 9, 1974. To commemorate the occasion, Capitals legends will participate in a ceremonial puck drop, and the Capitals will wear white alternate uniforms during the home opener.

As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, Caps fans will have the opportunity to vote for 10 additions to the 30th team, building upon fans’ selection of the 30 best Capitals in 2004 to create the 40 Greatest Caps. Voting begins on Wednesday, Sept. 10, on WashingtonCaps.com and continues through the pre-season, with the first of the 40 Greatest Caps acknowledged during the regular season home opener on Oct. 9. Over the course of the season the Capitals will honor the 40 Greatest Caps by recognizing members during Capitals home games.

In addition an enhanced history section will launch on WashingtonCaps.com, featuring infographics, in-depth features on Caps alumni, profiles on the original Caps 30th anniversary team, vintage photo galleries and statistical overviews of all Capitals seasons.

The 2014-15 season also will include a number of special events and promotions, including a 40th anniversary schedule magnet giveaway on Opening Night at Verizon Center presented by GEICO on Oct. 9 and an Alex Ovechkin bobblehead giveaway featuring the commemorative patch on Jan. 20. Additional promotions will be announced at a later date.



Capitals Winter Classic jerseys will be unveiled September 23 at Nationals Park

Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced that the 2015 Winter Classic venue is indeed Nationals Park in DC. The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt reported September 6 that a deal had been reached between the NHL and Nationals Park, confirming reports swirling since last September, when Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis announced that the Capitals would be hosting the event in 2015.

Additionally, the Capitals’ Winter Classic jerseys will be revealed at a special event to be held at Nationals Park on September 23.

Press release:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015, at Nationals Park, the National Hockey League, the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals announced today. In addition, the Capitals NHL Winter Classic uniforms will be unveiled during a special event at Nationals Park on Sept. 23 at 12 p.m.

“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® has made New Year’s Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C.”

“We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation’s capital,” Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis said. “We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game.”

Nationals Park is located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol, adjacent to the Navy Yard. The 41,546 seat venue opened in March 2008 and is home to the Washington Nationals.

“We are honored to have been selected to host the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park,” said Mark D. Lerner, one of the Washington Nationals Principal Owners and Vice Chairman. “The Classic is one of North America’s premier sports events, and we look forward to sharing our ballpark and our city with NHL fans from around the world.”

In celebration of the much-anticipated outdoor game, the Capitals will unveil their NHL Winter Classic uniforms during a special event at Nationals Park on Sept. 23 at noon. Commissioner Bettman, Leonsis, Lerner, along with Capitals president Dick Patrick, general manager Brian MacLellan, Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby, will attend the event and will be available to the media following the ceremony.

The 2015 game will mark the seventh Winter Classic, an annual game that Forbes magazine called the best new sporting event of the last decade. It will mark the second time in history the Capitals will play an outdoor game. Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC tied the highest-rated NHL regular-season sell out game in nearly four decades and became the second-most watched game in 39 years (4.4 million average viewers). The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years (average viewers). The Blackhawks will appear in the Winter Classic for the second time. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in the 2009 Winter Classic. Washington is 24-15-5-1 all-time at home against Chicago, including a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on April 11 at Verizon Center.

The 2015 event also will feature a Spectator Plaza that offers hockey-themed attractions, music and fun for fans of all ages. Further details on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, including ticketing information and uniform design for each team, will be released in the coming weeks. Every Washington Capitals full-season ticket member, partial plan member and group leader will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket members, partial plan holders and group leaders when they become available.


Washington Capitals to host 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park

According to numerous reports, the Washington Capitals will play host to the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The news was first reported on Twitter by Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post.

The game will be played on Jan. 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

This will be the second appearance in the popular event for both teams. The Blackhawks hosted the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in 2009 and lost to the Detroit Red Wings 6-4. The Capitals visited Pittsburgh in 2011 and beat the Penguins 3-1 at Heinz Field.

This is the seventh edition of the game, and the fourth to be played at a baseball stadium. The last one held at a baseball stadium was in 2012, as the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers on the road at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Washington Capitals rookie camp scheduled to begin September 11

A week from now, a fresh squad of rookies will take the ice at Kettler Iceplex for the Washington Capitals annual rookie camp starting September 11, the Capitals PR confirmed today. As mentioned below, several of the players participating in rookie camp will also be invited to training camp to compete for a spot on the final roster.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 3, 2014

Capitals Announce Rookie Camp Schedule; Training Camp Begins Sept. 19

Capitals and Flyers Rookies to Face Off in Philadelphia on Sept. 16

ARLINGTON, Va. – The 2014 Washington Capitals Rookie Camp will begin on Thursday, Sept. 11 and will run through Tuesday, Sept. 16, when the Capitals rookies face off against the Philadelphia Flyers’ rookies at 3 p.m. at Flyers Skate Zone, the official practice facility of the Philadelphia Flyers, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

All on-ice workouts at Kettler Capitals Iceplex are open to the public and free of charge. Select participants in rookie camp will be invited to join veteran players in training camp, which begins Friday, Sept. 19 (first on-ice session). Like rookie camp, all training camp on-ice workouts are open to the public.

Among the Capitals rookies scheduled to participate in the camp will be forwards Andre Burakovsky, Jakub Vrana, Chandler Stephenson and goaltender Pheonix Copley. A complete roster will be released at a later date.

Washington Capitals Rookie Camp Schedule


Day                                         Time                                                    Event

Thursday, Sept. 11                   3 p.m. – 4 p.m.                                    Practice (Capitals Rink)

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.                          On-ice testing (Capitals Rink)

Friday, Sept. 12                       10 a.m. – 11 a.m.                                 Practice (Arlington Rink)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                                Conditioning Test (Capitals Rink)

Saturday, Sept. 13                    9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.                         Practice (Arlington Rink)

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.                            Practice (Capitals Rink)

Sunday, Sept. 14                      9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.                         Practice (Arlington Rink)

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.                            Practice (Capitals Rink)

Monday, Sept. 15                    9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.                         Practice (Arlington Rink)

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.                            Practice (Capitals Rink)

Tuesday, Sept. 16                    3 p.m.                                                  Capitals at Flyers (Flyers Skate Zone)

District Sports Page introduces new Twitter and Facebook icons


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District Sports Page is proud to announce our new Twitter and Facebook icons. These babies were professionally produced by Brendan Sheridan of Capitals Hill and purveyor of fine photoshops, gifs and memes all over the Internets.

All of the new logos are based on the same theme and replace our random collection of semi-ironic, attempt at humor or just plain ripping-off-the-teams-we-cover logos and pictures that have accompanied our individual team Twitter feeds since the start of time.

The logos are seven-sided, which represents the seven disciplines we cover at District Sports Page: The six pro teams (Nats, Caps, Skins, Wiz, DCU and Mystics) plus our Beyond the Games column.

But the seven sides logo is also representative of one of the most iconic images of Washington, DC — the Pentagon. While seven sides technically is more than five and therefore a polygon, I think you get the idea.

Also, incorporated in the logos, in the individual team colors, is the flag of the District of Columbia. The three stars and two stripes are prominently and proudly displayed on our new Twitter and Facebook logos.

The new logos also incorporate the excellent-but-little- used interlocking DSP logo that Pam Storen designed for us a couple of years ago and we’re happy the DSP will take on a much more prominent role in our branding.

Below, please take a gander at the new logos and let us know what you think. I’m sure everyone will miss Bryce Harper running into the wall at Dodger Stadium, or the Caps Southeastern Division Champion banner from ’11-’12, but we think the new logos are groovy, and much thanks goes to Brendan for the feverish two hours of work he put in on these.















Washington Capitals have challenging decision on line combinations

Alex Ovechkin -Practice April 27(Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Alex Ovechkin -Practice April 27(Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Everyone’s favorite offseason activity is analyzing the roster and playing around with the line combinations. By now, Washington Capitals fans have realized no help is coming at center.

The hole left in the lineup by the departure of Mikhail Grabovski will have to filled by someone already on the roster. Brad Richards will not be coming to the rescue like a knight in shining armor, there will be no miraculous trade for Ryan O’Reilly; the Caps will have to make do with what the have.

In an interview with NHL.com, Barry Trotz was asked about his thoughts on the second line center.

“I’m going to let them play through the camp,” he said,” but my vision is that [Marcus] Johansson will play in the middle and [Evgeny] Kuznetsov or [Andre] Burakovsky will play in the middle and one will have to move to the wall. In today’s game, the more options you have the better off you are.” [Read more...]

What to do with Mike Green

The Washington Capitals overhauled their defensive core this offseason and many are wondering where that leaves Mike Green. With the additions of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, is there still room for the former Norris Trophy candidate?

With trade rumors flying, the team was quick to declare that Green was still a part of the Caps’ future plans. The Caps would not be the first team to change their minds on a player, however, so let’s explore whether Green should be on the trading block. [Read more...]

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