Alex Ovechkin was named captain 12 years ago. The Capitals have more standings points than any other NHL team since then.
Alex Ovechkin was named the captain of the Washington Capitals before a home game against the Montreal Canadiens on January 5, 2010. The nod came seven days after GM George McPhee traded the Caps’ then-captain, Chris Clark, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ovechkin, 24, was the third-youngest captain in the NHL at the time, behind only Sidney Crosby, 22, and Jonathan Toews, 21.
“It means a lot,” Ovechkin, in his fifth NHL season, said in a press conference that night. “It shows they trust me.”
He added, “If I need to say something (in the locker room), I’m going to say something. I’m just going to show (how to lead) on the ice and if I need to say something, I will.” The Capitals would go on to win that night, 4-2, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Fast forward 12 years later, the Capitals have reaped the rewards and celebrated the milestone on social media.