In 2014, the Capitals revealed a hat-trick display at the then-Verizon Center. Featuring glass see-through bins near section 110, the Capitals displayed hats thrown to the ice during recent home hat tricks.
When you have Alex Ovechkin on your team, however, those bins fill up fairly quickly. And at the end of last season, the display was already at capacity and a revamp was needed.
In September, the new hat trick bin was revealed as part of $40 million renovations to Capital One Arena.
Here’s a first look.
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The focal point, a silhouetted Weagle, is actually one giant bin, with a random assortment of hats. It’s labeled with a generalized “HAT TRICKS” title. Then there are eight separate bins on the other side exist to fill for individual hat tricks. Four hat-trick displays are currently full, from Justin Williams (1/17/16), TJ Oshie (4/28/16), and Alex Ovechkin (4/23/16 and 10/7/17). The other four are labeled as “FUTURE HAT TRICK”. Once the all the bins fill up, the hats will be dumped in the general giant bin on the side.
Between the two displays is a plaque listing every hat trick in Capitals history, starting with Ron Lalonde on March 30, 1975, and ending with Alex Ovechkin on November 25, 2017.
Photos: Cara Bahniuk
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