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GOAL Magazines: Williams, Clement, (Too Many Beers)  GOAL Magazines: Charron, Maruk, Wolfe  GOAL Magazines: Meehan, Marson, Gartner  GOAL Magazines: Langway, Hatcher, Gould MEDIA GUIDES: 1974-1977  MEDIA GUIDES: 1978-1981  MEDIA GUIDES: 1982-1985  MEDIA GUIDES: 1986-1989 POCKET SCHEDULES: 1974-1976  POCKET SCHEDULES: 1977-1978  POCKET SCHEDULES: 1979-1982  POCKET SCHEDULES: 1983-1986  POCKET SCHEDULES: 1987-1990 PENNANTS TABLE HOCKEY CAPITALS  TABLE HOCKEY CAPITALS PUCKS 1970's Home and 1980's Road Sweaters Hall of Fame Sweaters: Gartner, Langway, Stevens

Tour of Tickets

14 rival cities were home to NHL franchises from 1974 through the 1980's. 
Four WHA teams joined the league in 1979. The Caps also played in five cities - Kansas City, Oakland, Cleveland, Atlanta and Denver - which lost teams, and two - Calgary and East Rutherford, NJ - which gained them. What follows are road game Capitals tickets from across North America.
ATLANTA The Omni BUFFALO The Aud - CALGARY Stampede Corral - MINNESOTA Met Center CHICAGO Stadium COLORADO McNichols Arena DETROIT Olympia  SPRINGFIELD, MA Civic Center (Where the Whalers played after snow collapsed the roof of the Hartford Civic Center) KANSAS CITY Kemper Arena LOS ANGELES The Fabulous Forum MONTREAL Forum NJ Brendan Byrne Arena -  VAN. Pacific Coliseum - NY Nassau Coliseum NEW YORK Madison Square Garden OAKLAND Coliseum - PHILADELPHIA Spectrum - TOR. Maple Leaf Gardens PITTSBURGH Civic Arena BOSTON Garden - WINNIPEG Arena - CLEVELAND Richfield Coliseum


Audio - Pride

At Left: Cover of Bob Sirois' 2009 Book

Bob, a 1970's Caps winger, amassed research claiming bias among hockey executives against French Canadians, as well as other groups.

NHL's Life of Riley

Bill, a '70's Caps teammate of Mike Marson, refused to be intimidated, either by racial slurs or by higher profile prospects in training camp.


Oct. 1974 Hockey News: Mike Marson 'First Black To Crack NHL In 15 Years' Marson's Rookie Line: 16 G, 12 A Mike faced bigotry from fans, opponents, and some teammates Marson was a physical presence Bill Riley played parts of four seasons in Washington Bill endured the same ugly racism as his teammate Marson Riley in 1976-77: 13 Goals, 124 PIM Riley in 1977-78: 13 Goals, 125 PIM The First European Capitals: Leif Svensson, Rolf Edberg Svensson and Edberg arrived from Sweden before the 1978-79 season Edberg stayed for three seasons... ...recording 23 goals in 1979-80  Svensson, a defenseman, played for two seasons... ...achieving in 1978-79 an admirable plus/minus of -3 over 74 games Like all pioneer Europeans, Leif and Rolf absorbed abuse in the NHL Bob Sirois scored 91 goals for the Caps from 1975-1980 Bob also observed the treatment of fellow French-Canadians In 2009, he wrote a book about hockey bias against Quebecers Sirois and Riley attack the Blues Aging Czech star Milan Novy (Yes, #66!) skated one season for the Caps in 1982-83, scoring 18 G, 30 A Super Swede Bengt Gustafsson... ...a magical stickhandler and talented playmaker... Gus once had a 5-goal game He played nine reliable seasons between 1979-1989... ...scoring 196 goals, 359 assists  Michal Pivonka in 1986 secretly defected from Czechoslovakia... ...dangerous cloak & dagger stuff - Pivonka and his fiance... ...were granted refugee status inside the U.S. embassy in Italy Pivonka played 12 seasons, all in DC ...totaling 181 goals, 418 assists



 The Caps periodically took team photos at the U.S. Capitol Presidents Reagan and Ziegler at a White House luncheon before the 1982 NHL All-Star Game at Capital Centre 9/29/83: A Rose Garden ceremony attended by Rod Langway, Capitals teammates, and the U.S. Olympic hockey team 3/25/88: Nancy Reagan, First Lady and former Chicago Girls Latin School field hockey player, participates in 'Just Say No' night at Capital Centre (Yup, that was a real thing) Rod Langway, whose nickname was 'Secretary of Defense', gives a Caps sweater to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, whose nickname was 'Cap' (Yes, really)



The Capitals and Kansas City Scouts played four exhibitions in Japan following the 1975-76 regular season The Caps won 3 of the 4 games, to capture the Coca-Cola Bottlers Cup (above) The media guide for a 1980 pre-season tourney in Sweden featured Swedish Caps Gustafsson (16), Edberg (10), Svensson (4) The Caps returned to Sweden in 1981 '89 pre-season: games in Sweden & Russia Mementos from the four-game USSR tour; pin (top), patch (bottom) Program for the 1989 game against SKA Leningrad; Washington won, 5-4 The Caps beat Spartak Moscow, 8-7 in OT Dynamo Moscow beat the Capitals, 7-2, their only setback inside the Soviet Union On any continent, Dale Hunter (32) isn't afraid to poke the bear, even if they're Russian Bears Canada's CBC televised the Capitals-Dynamo game; here, Ron McLean interviews captain Rod Langway



The Capitals' first television home was channel 9 (1974-77) Early media partners Yvon Labre (R) in his TV-20 blazer, owner Abe Pollin, GM David Poile Mike Fornes called home games on HTS & road contests on channel 20 Fornes' partner was Al Koken, who's been part of Capitals TV for 30 years Channel 4 sports icon George Michael with Caps goalie Bob Mason Ron Weber called Caps games on radio for 23 years Weber's notebooks; he was known for voluminous statistical research Listening to a replay, Weber joked, 'That guy sure does get excited'


Audio - Centre

How The Capital Centre Came To Be

Abe Pollin owned the Bullets, wanted a new home for them, then needed a hockey team, too, as he explained to Ron Weber in a 1976 chat.

Capital Centre

The Capitals' Landover, Md. home from 1974-1997 Construction magnate Abe Pollin, with a rendering of his proposed arena Pollin wanted a Washington-area gym for his then-Baltimore Bullets NBA team No other groups stepped forward, so Pollin decided to build and own the arena himself The saddleback (potato chip) roof, seen from above When Pollin couldn't come to terms on a District location, he chose parkland just outside the Beltway With no bus or rail, cars poured into 4 parking areas - Liberty Bell, Capital, Eagle, and Stars and Stripes One concourse serviced the entire arena Innovations included 'sky suites'... ...Electronic ticketing... ...and a four-sided 'Telscreen' Detractors said the interior was too dark A recurring issue: mushy ice Capital Center seated 18,130 for hockey, and was the primary reason Washington had a team Hockey made the building economically viable Top: Scoreboard; Bottom: Shot Clock Capital Centre hosted one NHL All-Star Game, in 1982 An '83-'84 patch honored the Centre's 10th anniversary  Capital Centre in miniature Late in 1997, the Caps & Wiz moved to downtown DC 12/15/02: The implosion of Capital Centre makes way for a shopping center



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