2018 Stanley Cup Champions – Washington Capitals

It was pretty cool to see the Washington Capitals win the 2018 Stanley Cup.  To top things off they won the cup in the city of Las Vegas (the first major professional sports team to win a championship in Vegas).  While I am not a Capitals fan, I do like the team and was happy to see them finally win it all. 8 wins in their first NHL season to the great 8, Alex Ovechkin leading them to their first Stanley Cup in 2018.  Eight is definitely a magical number in DC.

Washington Capitals Team Stats

Washington Capitals Away JerseyThe Washington Capitals entered the NHL in 1974.  Those early Caps teams where terrible.  However in recent years (thanks in part to Alexander Ovechkin), the Caps have been one of the strongest teams in the regular season.  That success however, has not translated to much in the playoffs… that is until this season.

Here is a look at some of the all-time team statistics for the Washington Capitals.

  • the Washington Capitals franchise is 43 years old (as of 2018)
  • the Capitals have an all-time Wins-Loss record of 1,575 wins, 1,406 losses and 303 times in 3,426 career regular season NHL campaigns.
  • they have a regular season career winning percentage of .525 which is better than teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks
  • in their 43 year existence the Capitals have made the playoffs in 28 seasons which is 13th best of all NHL teams
  • the Washington Capitals have only been to the Stanley Cup Finals on two occasions as conference champions

As many hockey fans can attest, seeing the raw emotion of Alex Ovechkin finally win the Stanley Cup was really cool.  It truly was something special.

His interview on Hockey Night in Canada was pretty entertaining as well. This guy is passionate.

TJ Oshie is a favourite player of mine and we loved his post game interview with Scott Oake from Hockey Night in Canada. This was the best post game interview for our money. Congratulations TJ Oshie.

There are so many good stories on this team this year.  How can you not be happy for this franchise? Head coach Barry Trotz was told in 1982 by the Washington Capitals that he would never play in the NHL, but he might be a good coach.  In his four years at the helm, Trotz has averaged 51.25 regular season wins per season.  He is the only head coach in Capitals franchise history to lead the team to a Stanley Cup championship well done.

What about goalternder Braden Holtby (another favourite of ours).  For some strange reason he wasn’t even the starter for the Caps when the playoffs began (like that would last right?).  This guy is cool as a cucumber and when it mattered the most, he made some tremendous saves and gave his team a chance to win.  Speaking of saves…

#TheSave

So another year in the books. Finally the Washington Capitals have won the Stanley Cup. Great job boys!  This team was a team that truly came together in the playoffs this Spring.  For every little hockey playing kid in Canada, the United States and around the world, we have all dreamed of hoisting the Stanley Cup above our heads.  Alex Ovechkin and friends finally got the job done.

After 28 NHL Playoff appearances, the Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions.

Here’s a look at 43 seasons of the Washington Capitals.

Season GP W L T OL PTS PTS% Finish Playoffs
2017-18 82 49 26 7 105 0.64 1st Won Stanley Cup Final
2016-17 82 55 19 8 118 0.72 1st Lost NHL Second Round
2015-16 82 56 18 8 120 0.732 1st Lost NHL Second Round
2014-15 82 45 26 11 101 0.616 2nd Lost NHL Second Round
2013-14 82 38 30 14 90 0.549 5th
2012-13 48 27 18 3 57 0.594 1st Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
2011-12 82 42 32 8 92 0.561 2nd Lost NHL Conference Semi-Finals
2010-11 82 48 23 11 107 0.652 1st Lost NHL Conference Semi-Finals
2009-10 82 54 15 13 121 0.738 1st Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
2008-09 82 50 24 8 108 0.659 1st Lost NHL Conference Semi-Finals
2007-08 82 43 31 8 94 0.573 1st Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
2006-07 82 28 40 14 70 0.427 5th
2005-06 82 29 41 12 70 0.427 5th
2003-04 82 23 46 10 3 59 0.36 5th
2002-03 82 39 29 8 6 92 0.561 2nd Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
2001-02 82 36 33 11 2 85 0.518 2nd
2000-01 82 41 27 10 4 96 0.585 1st Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
1999-00 82 44 24 12 2 102 0.622 1st Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
1998-99 82 31 45 6 68 0.415 3rd
1997-98 82 40 30 12 92 0.561 3rd Lost Stanley Cup Final
1996-97 82 33 40 9 75 0.457 5th
1995-96 82 39 32 11 89 0.543 4th Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
1994-95 48 22 18 8 52 0.542 3rd Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
1993-94 84 39 35 10 88 0.524 3rd Lost NHL Conference Semi-Finals
1992-93 84 43 34 7 93 0.554 2nd Lost NHL Division Semi-Finals
1991-92 80 45 27 8 98 0.613 2nd Lost NHL Division Semi-Finals
1990-91 80 37 36 7 81 0.506 3rd Lost NHL Division Finals
1989-90 80 36 38 6 78 0.488 3rd Lost NHL Conference Finals
1988-89 80 41 29 10 92 0.575 1st Lost NHL Division Semi-Finals
1987-88 80 38 33 9 85 0.531 2nd Lost NHL Division Finals
1986-87 80 38 32 10 86 0.538 2nd Lost NHL Division Semi-Finals
1985-86 80 50 23 7 107 0.669 2nd Lost NHL Division Finals
1984-85 80 46 25 9 101 0.631 2nd Lost NHL Division Semi-Finals
1983-84 80 48 27 5 101 0.631 2nd Lost NHL Division Finals
1982-83 80 39 25 16 94 0.588 3rd Lost NHL Division Semi-Finals
1981-82 80 26 41 13 65 0.406 5th
1980-81 80 26 36 18 70 0.438 5th
1979-80 80 27 40 13 67 0.419 5th
1978-79 80 24 41 15 63 0.394 4th
1977-78 80 17 49 14 48 0.3 5th
1976-77 80 24 42 14 62 0.388 4th
1975-76 80 11 59 10 32 0.2 5th
1974-75 80 8 67 5 21 0.131 5th