Just when you thought it was all about the St. Louis Blues, because they have the Caps Cup, DC Sports reminds us all what a big deal winning is to the area. The DC Sports Hall of Fame has created a whole new category for the team that united the DMV in 2018: “The 2017-18 Washington Capitals, last year’s National Hockey League Stanley Cup champions, have been named the DC Sports Hall of Fame’s first-ever Team of Distinction.”
That says a lot about the pride this city has for a group of men who gave every ounce of energy they had to bring home the Stanley Cup for the first time. And then followed it with a year of unforgettable celebration the likes of which the NHL has never seen.
The Washington Capitals and other notable inductees will become members of this elite club of about a 100 in a pregame ceremony at Nats Park on Sunday June 23.
Previous hockey personalities inducted include:
Peter Bondra (2018) for among other things his accomplishments as a “five-time NHL All-Star and two-time goal-scoring champion, Bondra is one of 45 players who scored 500 career goals.”
Ron Weber (2017) “Known for his streak as the voice of the Washington Capitals for the team’s first 1936 games, from 1974 to 1997.”
Ted Leonsis (2015) “Founder, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owner and operator of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center.”
Bryan Murray (2015) “NHL head coach and executive. Coached the Washington Capitals for eight and a half seasons –all playoff years– and was named NHL Coach of the Year for 1983-84.”
Olaf Kolzig (2104) Successful goalie with the Washington Capitals from 1989-2008. Went to two All-Star games and retired with nearly every Capitals record for goaltending.”
Rod Langway (2010) “Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman, played for the Washington Capitals from 1982-1993. Led the Capitals to the post season every year.”
Now fans can keep the celebrations going until Lord Stanley returns!