It has been an incredible season for the Washington Capitals and they aren’t finished yet. With 19 wins after 28 games, the Capitals are at the top of their division by a healthy margin. Already, sports fans and commentators alike are predicting how far Washington will go in this year’s playoffs, but the real story happens at the Capital One Arena.
Everyone knows that teams play their best games at home, because they want to show off for their fans and defend their homes from all comers, and the team has done just that with an 8-2-4 home game record at the time of writing. Just imagine, you could join over 18,000 fans in rooting for your favorite players, cheering on the incredible plays, and watching intense action that will keep you glued to your seats. You could see the strategies and incredible match-awareness that only leaders like head coach Todd Reirden and Captain Alexander Ovechkin could inspire. Capital One Arena, formerly the Verizon Center, provides great seats, tasty refreshments from a variety of concessions stands, and one of the best professional hockey teams in the NHL and tickets are selling out fast!
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The Arena that found its home in Chinatown
The Capital One Arena was located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington D.C. sitting atop the Gallery Place rapid transit station of the Washington Metro. The arena was intended to help revitalize the Washington neighborhood and, fiscally speaking, it has been a massive success and is considered a driving catalyst for the neighborhood’s resurgence. The arena is currently home to the Washington Capitals of the NHL as well as the Washington Wizards NBA team and the Georgetown University men’s basketball teams. From 1998 to 2018, the arena was also the home for the Washington Mystics WNBA team until they moved to southeast Washington for 2019.
The arena was built during the mid-90s completely from private financing by Abe Pollin atop land leased from D.C. When it opened on December 2, 1997, it was known as the MCI Center. The name stuck for about a decade until Verizon Communications purchased MCI and changed the arena’s name to the Verizon Center in 2006. This new ownership led to the first true indoor HD LED scoreboard being installed the following year in 2007.
Pollin passed away in November of 2009, which led to a June 10, 2010 sale of the arena as well as the Wizards and the Washington-Baltimore area Ticketmaster franchises to Ted Leonsis who already owned the Washington Capitals. Leonsis took the purchase as a reason to form a new management company, Monumental Sports & Entertainment. The Arena had already hosted major events including Mike Tyson’s final fight on June 11, 2005, but then went on to host UFC Live: Cruz vs Johnson on October 1, 2011, as well as NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament rounds that same year as well as regional finals in 2013 and 2019.
Despite the arena’s success and fame, Verizon opted not to renew its naming rights to the arena, which was later purchased by Capital One changing the arena to its current name of “The Capital One Arena”. After the arena changed names, it has hosted the first televised professional wrestling event by All Elite Wrestling on October 2, 2019, which saw televised broadcast on TNT in the US and ITV4 in the United Kingdom. But the biggest recent news came on October 4, 2019, when Monumental Sports & Entertainment owners announced plans to offer sports betting at the arena pending approval by the DC Mayor and City Council.
Despite the controversy over the arena’s effects on Chinatown, it’s clear that it has done the job it set out to do in revitalizing and adding wealth to the neighborhood and putting Washington athletics and entertainment on the map.
Why Alexander Ovechkin is a great choice for team captain
Few people will argue that Ovechkin’s announcement as Washington’s captain was the right call, especially once they hear the story that led him to earn that title.
The Russian player, known as “The Great Eight” or “Ovi” by fans, is a Russian player who made his name known by playing for Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Superleague for four seasons from 2001 to 2005. When he was selected to move to the states to play for the Capitals during the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the only thing that kept him in Russia was the 2004-05 NHL lockout. During his first season with the Capitals in the 2005-06 season, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, scoring 52 goals and 54 assists and leading all rookies with 106 points and finishing third overall in league scoring.
Ovechkin would then go on to win recognition with the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, which was awarded annually to the NHL’s leading goal scorer for an incredible NHL-record eight times. He first earned the trophy in the 2007-08 season with 65 goals and 112 points, which also earned him the Art Ross Trophy for most points scored, as well as numerous best player and MVP awards. His records and reliability also led him to be named to the First All-Star Team for five straight years as of 2010. At this point, times were good for the Russian player.
But between 2011 and 2013, Ovechkin had years of decreased scoring that led him to lose out on titles during those years, but Ovechkin came back strong in 2013 reclaiming the title and earning the Richard Trophy and his third Hart Trophy. He would repeat as the Richard Trophy winner for the following three years from 2014-2016 scoring at least 50 goals each season and becoming the third player in history to score 50 goals in seven different seasons. At present, Ovechkin continues to be a star player who puts up great numbers and is the strongest part of Washington’s.