Tuesday night, August 21, was a special Capitals and Wizards Night at Nationals Park as the Washington Nationals faced conference rival, the Atlanta Braves. Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards season-ticket holders had exclusive access to tickets for the game and a pregame meet and greet opportunity with Capitals alum Rod Langway and Bullets alum Phil Chenier!
Washington Capitals “Enforcer” and NHL Hall of Famer Rod Langway signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans, as well as deliver the lineup card before the game.
Langway, known as the “Secretary of Defense”, was a two-time winner of the Norris Trophy which is given to the NHL’s top defensemen. He also finished second to Wayne Gretzky in 1982 for the Hart Trophy which is given to the MVP of the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1979. Langway was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.
Former Washington Bullets star Phil Chenier signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans, as well as say, “Let’s Play Ball” before the game.
Phil Chenier was selected fourth in the 1971 NBA Hardship Draft by the then Baltimore Bullets and played for the Bullets from 1971-79. Chenier was a member of the 1972 NBA All-Rookie Team and was named to three NBA All-Star teams. Chenier suffered a back injury during 1977 season and retired in 1981 after briefly playing for the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors.
Chenier is currently working for CSN Washington covering the Washington Wizards with Steve Buckhantz.
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.