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Monday, August 23, 2010

Washington Capitals - Franchise, Team, Arena and Uniform History

Almost all of the actual original watercolor paintings used in this poster are available for sale – see Section 5 of this blog.

Fall 2021: To purchase a reasonably priced 8" x 24" plaqued mounted version of the Capitals poster that's ready to hang on your wall, please visit Heritage Sports Stuff.

1. Washington Capitals – The Franchise History
This franchise was established (by established we mean the year of the franchise’s first game) in 1974. The franchise has always been known as the Washington Capitals.

2. Washington Capitals – Championships/Great Accomplishments
One Stanley Cup Final Appearance:
1997-1998 Lost to Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 0

Six Division Championships:
1988-89 Patrick Division Champions 41-29-10: 92 pts
1999-2000 Southeast Division Champions 44-24-12-2: 102 pts
2000-2001 Southeast Division Champions 41-27-10-4: 96 pts
2007-2008 Southeast Division Champions 43-31-4: 94 pts
2008-2009 Southeast Division Champions 50-24-3: 108 pts
2009-2010 Southeast Division Champions 54-15-7: 121 pts

3. Washington Capitals – Home Arena History
The Capitals have played in the following home arenas:
1. Capital Center / USAir Arena, Landover MD
1974 – 1997

2. MCI Center / Verizon Center / Capital One Arena, Washington DC
1997 - Present

4. For more information on the Capitals, you should visit/bookmark these great websites:

A. I personally think Wikipedia keeps getting better and better with each passing year – here is the Capitals Wikipedia site:

B. For a great season-by-season summary of each Capitals season:

C. These guys do a great job of team (and player) stats for all active and defunct franchises

D. For some good info about arenas past, present and future, visit this site (and don’t be fooled by the their name – even though it’s ballparks dot com, they do a good job on hockey arenas too):

E. For great stats on past and present players and prospects, these guys do an amazing job:

5. Celebrate the Capitals' jersey history by owning a famous piece of jersey artwork:
If you love the Washington Capitals and the history of the Capitals franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic jerseys as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 12 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 12 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Washington Capitals YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel .

6. The original pen and ink drawings of the arenas shown above are also for sale.
Please note that the actual original, highly detailed, hand-drawn pen and ink sketches used for the 2 arena images shown above are available for sale as a complete collection to one Capitals fan. If you are interested in being the one and only owner of this complete and original collection of Washington Capitals arena images, please contact me by email and I can explain how they can all be framed in one beautiful piece.

This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 24, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

Many thanks!!!

1 comment:

  1. Those are compelling jerseys. It's good to see how these jerseys evolve from time to time. I always buy from online stores like the afl store which offers a great selection of jersey uniforms. I wish I could have one of those uniforms above.


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