The Washington Capitals made the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in team history in 1998 but were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in four games.
But what if they didn’t? What if we lived in the Upside Down and Esa Tikkanen actually buried that breakaway? What if Dale Hunter was handed the Stanley Cup from a 46-year-old Commissioner Bettman and celebrated on the ice with Olaf Kolzig, Peter Bondra, Joe Juneau, Brendan Witt, and the rest of those Capitals legends on the ice?
Now, thanks to Capitals fan Michael Alper, we can see what the Championship Caps would have looked like on the ice if they did win it all that year.
Alper recently shared a photo of one of his prized possessions: a Capitals 1998 Stanley Cup champions shirt.