A few years ago, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis mused on his blog (I can’t find the article anymore) about someday doing something special with the hats that Caps fans throw onto the ice after a hat trick.
Fast forward a few years and Leonsis has seen the idea through. The Caps have unveiled a hat trick display at Verizon Center located behind section 111 of the main concourse.
Unfortunately, the photo that the team tweeted out is kind of hard-to-see. But don’t fret. When we get to our first home game, we’ll have some better ones to show you.
More from the Caps:
Verizon Center will feature a Washington Capitals hat trick display this season located behind section 111 on the main concourse (near Gallery Place entrance). The display will include a full list of every hat trick in franchise history and will feature the actual hats collected from the Verizon Center ice after the following hat tricks:
Alex Ovechkin vs. the Boston Bruins on March 3, 2008
Alex Ovechkin vs. the Atlanta Thrashers on Nov. 26, 2008
Alex Ovechkin vs. the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 1, 2009
Alex Ovechkin vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 4, 2009 (Playoffs)
Alex Ovechkin vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 7, 2010
Nicklas Backstrom vs. the Montreal Canadiens on April 17, 2010 (Playoffs)
Alexander Semin vs. the Atlanta Thrashers on Oct. 23, 2010
Alexander Semin vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 11, 2010
Alexander Semin vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 26, 2010
Troy Brouwer vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 13, 2012
Mathieu Perreault vs. the Boston Bruins on Jan. 24, 2012
Alex Ovechkin vs. the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 23, 2013
Alex Ovechkin vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 10, 2013
In addition, the display includes space for hats from future hat tricks to be added. The installation of the hat trick display is part of the Capitals’ effort to honor the franchise’s 40th anniversary.
Ovi sure has a lot of hat tricks– and that’s not even counting all his DC Hat Tricks.
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