Hockey is one of the hardest sports in the world. It takes a special individual to lace up those skates and hit the ice. Many have tried and many have failed. However, many have succeeded and succeeded well at that. So much so that they may teams great. For the Washington Capitals, there have been many to grace their ice halls. In saying that, we will look at the best players to grace those halls. Therefore, without further ado, here is the Mount Rushmore of the Washington Capitals.
Yes, I understand that Ovi is still active. Nevertheless, he is still one of the greatest to put on the red, white, and blue of the Washington Capitals. Ovechkin has played in well over 1,100 games for the Caps. His career has thus far spanned 15 years. He is a Stanley Cup Champion (2018). Ovi is an eleven-time All-Star, a Calder Memorial Trophy winner, a nine-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner, a three-time Ted Lindsay Award winner, a three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, and a three-time President’s Trophy winner. Just to name a few. Ovi has racked up 1,278 career points while playing with the Capitals.
Every team has that one netminder that spurs the franchise. Kolzig was the one for Washington Capitals. He spent 16 years with the organization. Kolzig played in 711 games for the Caps. He tallied 18,013 saves. He won the Vezina Trophy as the best goaltender for his play in the 1999-2000 season. Olaf also won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his outstanding work on and off the ice during the 2005-2006 season. Kolzig retired in 2009
Bondra played 14 seasons with the Washington Capitals. During that time, Bondra played in 961 games, scoring 472 goals and 353 assists for a total of 825 points. He was also a five-time All-Star while wearing the red, white and blue sweater (’93, ’96-’99). Bondra was a master of the short-handed goal. He had 32 of them while with the Caps. That is still a team record. All of these accomplishments and more are why Bondra is atop the Capitals, Mount Rushmore.
Hunter played 12 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals. During his tenure, he played in 872 games, scoring 181 goals and 375 assists. That is a Caps career point total of 556. Hunter is better known for his time off the ice. He is second in NHL history with 3,565 penalty minutes. That puts him only behind Dave Williams in off ice time. Hunter is also the only NHL player to have scored over 1,000 career points and has over 3,000 penalty minutes as well.
These are the four players that I have chosen for the Mount Rushmore of the Washington Capitals. I am sure there are some others out there that many will place instead of these four. That is what makes Mount Rushmore so interesting.
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