At Age 36, Alex Ovechkin Is Off to the Best Start of His Career

“It’s unbelievable. I think he just gets hungrier and hungrier, honestly.”

No matter how much time goes by, Alex Ovechkin seems to remain in classic form. Still sporting his signature yellow laces and missing-tooth smile, the Washington Capitals captain is continuing to defy expectations and, in a way, time itself. Ovechkin, who proclaimed at the start of the season that he was “still young,” is playing…

Capitals Rookie Hendrix Lapierre Quickly Proving He Belongs in the NHL

Lapierre, 19, scored a goal in his NHL debut, helping the Caps beat the New York Rangers, 5-1, on the team’s opening night.

For a split second Wednesday night, Washington Capitals rookie Hendrix Lapierre lay flat on his back on the ice before T.J. Oshie forcefully yanked him up by his jersey onto his skates. Neither could stop smiling. Lapierre, in his NHL debut, had just scored his first NHL goal, and the 18,000-plus fans inside Capital One…

For Capitals’ Lars Eller, the Offseason Involves Playing Plenty of Tennis

“I usually play maybe like once a week or so here in the offseason,” said Eller, who met Rafael Nadal at the Citi Open.

Lars Eller is a serious tennis fan. The 32-year-old Washington Capitals center tries to watch all of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments on TV, and back when he played for the Montreal Canadiens, Eller and his wife, Julie, attended the ATP Tour event the city hosts a few times. Eller also played tennis growing up…

With New Contract, Alex Ovechkin Can Stake His Claim as the Greatest Pro Athlete in D.C. Sports History

By signing a longer than expected five-year extension, he is signaling to the world at large that he is serious about making a run at Wayne Gretzky’s career goals record.

When Alex Ovechkin signed his 5-year, $47.5 million contract extension on July 21, it all but guaranteed that he will retire having spent his entire NHL career with the Washington Capitals. Ovechkin, 35, will have played 21 seasons by then, and even if he never wins another Stanley Cup, he will likely have cemented his…

Sports Betting in D.C. Enters Another Phase With Capital One Arena’s William Hill Sportsbook

Despite the delay in opening, the in-arena sportsbook is still the first of its kind here in America, and could serve as the template for other teams across the country.

The timing of legal sports betting’s arrival in the District could hardly have been worse. It landed just as the sports world went into a months-long hibernation, and only now is it starting to approach normalcy. Perhaps nothing signifies that more than the opening of the William Hill Sportsbook at Capital One Arena this week,…

With Another Early Playoff Exit, Capitals Examine Life After the Pinnacle

The Caps have sputtered into the playoffs, been visibly outplayed, and promptly eliminated in the first round three years in a row.

What happens after the heroic images fade and the adrenaline dies down, and the champions totter back to their castles fat on victory? The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup back in 2018, slaying 44 years of demons in one mighty exorcism that helped turn D.C. into the “District of Champions” and transformed decades of…

Capitals Backup Goalie Craig Anderson Steps Up in Overtime Win Against Bruins

The veteran goaltender will turn 40 this week and had not played in a playoff game since 2017.

Craig Anderson turns 40 on May 21 and is playing on his fifth NHL team in 18 seasons; this year, he spent the majority of the Washington Capitals regular season on the newly introduced taxi squad, making an appearance in only four games. His role on the team has been clear: Anderson only gets called…

Meet the Washington Spirit’s Newest Investor: Alex Ovechkin

“I hope I’m going to help this community to grow,” says the Capitals superstar and Stanley Cup champion.

Alex Ovechkin has been surrounded by elite athletes all of his life. His father, Mikhail, signed a contract to play professional soccer but an injury ended his career when he was 17, according to the Washington Post. Ovechkin’s mother, Tatyana, reached even greater athletic heights, winning two Olympic gold medals in basketball with the Soviet…

Capitals Fans Return to Capital One Arena After More Than a Year Away

“It’s pretty emotional. I just walked in and almost teared up when I saw the ice for the first time.”

It started with ghosts at first. Ninety minutes before the puck dropped in the first Washington Capitals home game in more than a year played in front of fans at Capital One Arena, the production crew began testing the pumped-in crowd noise that has become ubiquitous in NHL broadcasts. But as the 2,100 fans began…

Wizards and Capitals Prepare to Welcome Fans Back to Capital One Arena

Several major policy changes have been implemented and capacity is capped at 2,100 fans per game.

Monica Dixon, the president and chief administrative officer of external affairs at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, figured the organization’s attempt to host fans at Capital One Arena this season was over. The D.C. government did not grant a waiver to allow the indoor arena to host fans like it did for Nationals Park and Audi…

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