Washington Capitals

the Capitals joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team for the 1974–75 season.

Since their founding in 1974, the "Caps" have won one conference championship to reach the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, and captured eight division titles. In 1997, the team moved their home hockey rink from the suburban Capital Centre to the new Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Former AOL executive Ted Leonsis has owned the team since 1999, and has revitalized the franchise by drafting star players such as Alexander OvechkinNicklas BackstromMike Green, and hiring Hall of Fame head coach (and former Washington Capital player) Adam Oates. The 2009–10 Capitals won the franchise's first-ever Presidents' Trophy, for being the team with the most points at the end of the regular season.