The “Washington Capitals” (also known as the “Caps”) is a professional ice hockey team situated in Washington, D.C. The team is part of the Metropolitan Division that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The team had several wins during their early years since the year of their franchise in 1974. In fact, they had won eight division titles and one conference championship that has led them to advance in the 1998 Stanley Cup finals.
The Caps used to play their home games in the outlying Capital Centre, after years of playing, they moved to the New Verizon Center situated in Washington, D.C. Since the year 1999, the team was under the ownership of Ted Leonsis, who was the previous AOL executive.
The team has served to be one of the NHL expansion teams to play for the 1974-1975 season together with the Kansas City Scouts. The Caps’ first owner was Abe Pollin, who’s also the owner of the NBA’s Washington Bullet or Wizzard, his ownership ended after his death on November 24, 2009.
During their early years in the NHL, the Capitals appeared to be quiet unsuccessful on its games against the rival teams. The team’s opening also turned out to be awful, in fact, the Capitals had finished a record 8-67-5, which was also held as the worst record in the league’s history.
By their big misfortune, the game losses have continued during the season 1975-1976 as they lost 25 frequent games and 394 goal records, which only garnered a record of 11-59-10.
After recruiting star players, namely Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Alexander Ovechkin and Hall of Fame head coach Adam Oates (former Washington Capital player), the team has restored the franchise and had won a President’s Trophy during the season 2009-2010 for the first time in their NHL history.