One of the greatest idols in the Washington Capitals history is back! Not as a player, unfortunately, because he would be of great value alongside Alex Ovechkin. Now, Peter Bondra is the new Director of Alumni Affairs and Business Development.
Born in the Ukraine, Bonzai, as he is called by the Caps fans, moved to Slovakia, by which he won the gold medal at the 2002 World Cup and was the scorer of two goals in the final, defeating Russia by 4-3. The Slovak was selected by the Capitals in the 1990 Draft and was one of the big names in the decade and later in franchise history. He participated in the conquer of the first and only until then of the Eastern Conference in 1998. The team defeated the Buffalo Sabers and was swept by the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final. In 2004, Bondra was traded to the Ottawa Senators and it was possible to observe the player in tears at the press conference that announced his trade. He also played for Atlanta Trashers and Chicago Blackhawks. He retired in 2007, appearing in the alumni games, alongside important Caps former players.
Bondra was the main name of the team before the Ovechkin era. In fact, the Slovak was the top scorer of the team, which would be overcome by Ovi. By the Caps, Bonzai still holds the record for shorthanded goals in a season (6 goals, 1994-95), more shorthanded career goals (32 goals) and more game-winning goals in a season (13 goals in 1997- 98).
Now the Caps legend will work with event development, alumni issues, revenue and community development. Bondra said he was looking forward about working with the Caps. “Washington has always been my home and I try to help this organization in any way I can,” he said.
One question that remains among the fans is: when will the Capitals retire his #12 jersey? After all, an eternal idol, which until today is remembered by the fans and which has contributed so much to the development of hockey in the capital, deserves to have his name immortalized.