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6 Facts About the Washington Capitals

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The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League.

Ice Hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league composed of 31 member clubs: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada.

NHL.com 30 in 30 - Washington Capitals by NHL

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Since their founding in 1974, the Capitals have won one conference championship, and ten division titles.

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In 1997, the team moved their home ice hockey rink from the suburban Capital Centre to the new MCI Center, in Washington, D.C.

The Verizon Center, formerly known as the MCI Center, is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C. Named after its sponsor, the telecommunications company Verizon Communications, the Verizon Center has been nicknamed the "Phone Booth" by local fans, because of its historical association with various telecommunications companies, such as MCI Inc. and Verizon.

The Capital Centre was an indoor arena in the eastern United States, located in Landover, Maryland, a suburb east of Washington, D.C. Opened in late 1973, it was the primary home for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Washington Bullets of the National Basketball Association.

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Businessman Ted Leonsis has owned the team since 1999, and has revitalized the franchise by drafting star players such as Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Bäckström, Mike Green and Braden Holtby.

Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

Lars Nicklas Bäckström is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

Braden Holtby is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

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The 2009–10 Capitals won the franchise's first-ever Presidents' Trophy for being the team with the most points at the end of the regular season.

The Presidents' Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League to the team that finishes with the most points during the NHL regular season.

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They won it a second time in 2015–16, and did so for a third time the following season in 2016–17.

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