Located in Washington, D.C., the Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team The Washington Capitals are the members of the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division of the National Hockey League (NHL). Since their recognition in the year 1974, "The Caps" have won a conference championship to arrive at the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, and captured 5 division titles. In the year 1997, the team went to their home hockey rink from the suburban Capital Centre to the new Verizon Center in the Washington's Chinatown neighborhood. prior AOL executive Ted Leonsis has owned the Washington Capitals since the year 1999, and has re-energized the franchise by signing the star players such as the Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green, and Alexander Semin, and hiring Bruce Boudreau as the head coach.
Along with the Kansas City Scouts, the Washington Capitals joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team for the 1974–75 seasons. The Washington Capitals was owned by Abe Pollin, also the owner of the NBA's Washington Bullets. Pollin built the Capital Centre in the suburban Landover, Maryland, to house both Bullets who previously played in Baltimore and the Capitals. As the owner his first act was to hire the Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt as the general manager.