Sat 29 Aug 2015
(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us! Add your own choices in the comments!) By: Becca Henschel , associate editor of Japers' Rink A. Alex Ovechkin Sure, he could have also been listed under O, or C for Captain, or S for studly, superb and stupendous… but it seems fitting that the guy who has almost single-handedly changed the course of the Washington Capitals should step into the lead-off spot. From breaking the rink on his first official NHL shift, to scoring 100+ points in his rookie season, to just scoring all of the goals all of the time – and usually doing so in the face of unyielding ( and often unfair ) criticism - Alex Ovechkin has been worth the cost of admission since making his debut a decade ago. There’s not much to say about Ovechkin that hasn’t already been said a million times ; he’s simply a phenomenal talent who is quickly joining the ranks of some of the game’s all-time great players . He doesn’t seem to be slowing down, either - so it’s not all that surprising that over the past two or three years, he’s taken hold of just about every record the franchise has to offer. In doing so, he’s merely making official what we’ve known for a long time: that Alex Ovechkin is simply the greatest to ever play for the Caps. (How do you not love this guy?!) B. Bondra, Peter Until Ovechkin came along, there was arguably no Cap as electrifying to watch as Peter Bondra. Known affectionately as “Bonzai”, Bondra cut an offensive swath through the League during the 1990s and early 2000s, cracking the 30-goal mark in nine of his 14 seasons in DC and finishing his illustrious career with 503 goals – 472 of which were scored in a Caps jersey (a franchise record that stood until Ovechkin predictably surpassed him last season).
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