The Washington Capitals engage with existing programs and offer additional opportunities to provide people of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey year-round. The Capitals know that Black lives matter - which is why the organization is committed to fostering diversity in hockey through both on-and off-ice events and initiatives.

In August 2020, the Capitals announced the organization is launching a series of public and internal initiatives that focus on diversity in hockey, racial equality and the recognition of achievements by Black individuals. The Capitals immediate efforts focus on three pillars: youth hockey, education and awareness.

In January 2021, the Capitals followed up on prior commitments with the announcement of our Black Hockey Committee, comprised of community and organization leaders that will meet on a consistent basis to address ways to eradicate racism and discuss growing the game in underserved communities.

February 26 vs. OTT

February 26 vs. OTT

Celebrating Black History

An evening honoring Black achievement in hockey and highlighting the ways our organization is working to further grow the game in our community. All fans in attendance will receive a Black-artist-designed Capitals rally towel.

Our History

Our Players and Alumni

Our Players and Alumni

Starting with the very first season of the Capitals inception, Black players have played an instrumental role in building the on and off-ice legacy of our club. Since drafting an 18-year-old Mike Marson in the 1974 draft, the Capitals have had 11 Black players in franchise history, including 2 Stanley Cup Champions.

Players & Alumni include:
Black Hockey History Display

Black Hockey History Display

On Feb. 2, 2022 vs. the Edmonton Oilers, the Capitals unveiled a permanent Black Hockey History Display at Capital One Arena devoted to the history and legacy of their black players. The display is located at section 112 on the main concourse and features:

  • Memorabilia including a 1975-76 home jersey worn by Mike Marson (1974-79), a game-used stick by Joel Ward (2011-15) and a game-worn helmet by Devante Smith-Pelly (2017-19).
  • A warmup jersey featuring a Players Against Hate end racism shoulder patch. Capitals players wore and auctioned off the jerseys during the Feb. 25, 2021 Black History Night.
  • A timeline featuring Black players and key moments in Capitals history.
  • An interactive QR code that drives visitors to washcaps.com/blackhockey, featuring additional information to learn about the Capitals commitment to diversity, honoring Black players in history, community partners, resources and more.

Our Commitment

Rink Refurbishment

Rink Refurbishment

In 2015, in conjunction with the Winter Classic, the Capitals, NHL, Washington D.C. Parks and Recreation and Washington D.C. Public Schools, completed a $115,000 restoration project at Watkins Rush Rink in southeast DC to encourage the growth of hockey throughout the community. The project spearheaded the Capitals programming that provided street hockey equipment to all D.C. Public Schools.

Organizations We Support