The Washington Capitals have announced the August winners in the Caps License Plates Program contest. Betty Andrews, a resident of Fauquier County, Va., and Anne Henninger of Prince Frederick, Md., were each selected to receive a puck autographed by center Nicklas Backstrom.
Andrews and Henninger entered the contest by submitting a Caps license plate application, payment and a short response on what makes them a Caps fan. Their winning entries are posted below.
Fans who sign-up for a Virginia or Maryland Caps license plate are encouraged to submit 250 words or less on why they are a Caps fan and how they show their support for the team. Each month from June to December, the Caps will select the best responses from Virginia and Maryland fans and announce the winners on WashingtonCaps.com. Applicants of winning responses will receive memorabilia autographed by current Caps players and coaches and by Caps alumni.
For more information on Caps license plates or to download an application, please visit www.WashingtonCaps.com/licenseplate.
To enter the contest, please complete a Caps license plate application for Virginia or Maryland, submit payment information and email your 250-word response to CapsLicensePlates@washcaps.com. Contest winners will be announced on WashingtonCaps.com during the first full week of each month.
Virginia Winner: Betty Andrews of Fauquier County We moved to the Washington area in the late 70s and I soon became a Caps fan. It was a trip from Manassas to the Capital Center, but we made the trip many times and did our share of screaming “Pizza!” Then the team seemed to slide into a slump. What a change in a few years! The Caps are now a combination of class and magic, many of the NHL’s best and best-to-be who play with speed, skill, charisma, and great promise. The Caps are encouraged to give their all – rough, but not “dirty”. The Caps now have an owner who understands patient team building; a general manager with unmatched skills in building an NHL team supported by an AHL team whose players can be seamlessly inserted into the NHL lineup as needed; a coach who encourages his guys to play their hardest realizing that mistakes will happen; a versatile support staff – imagine having a public relations guy who can play goalie if needed; the best broadcast team in the NHL, bar none, from Joe and Craig to the producers and the camera crew; fans unmatched in the NHL, perhaps in any sport, well deserving the classy salute by the team at the end of the season; and outstanding players who are also good representatives to the community. The Caps rock the red, the fans, and Verizon Center. Best of all is the promise of a magical future! What’s not to like?
Maryland Winner: Anne Henninger of Prince Frederick Flash back to early 1974. The Washington area was a wasteland, devoid of hockey. Those of us who were fans supported teams like the Bruins or the Habs. (No true DC native was a Flyers fan; it would have been like cheering for Dallas at a Redskins game.) Then we got the Caps and hockey came to Washington! I went to my first Caps game early in that first season and have been a fan ever since. I didn’t care how bad the team was – and they were pretty bad that first year! – they were still Washington’s team. Some years the Caps are great, and other years are best not remembered, but they have still bought excitement to sports DC area sports. Now, who doesn’t sit up a bit straighter when Ovi takes the ice? Who cannot be in awe of the superb puck-handling skills of Backstrom and Semin? Who can fail to be impressed with Varlamov’s spectacular saves? Who does not come home hoarse from a game?
I wear red on game days. And, while I can’t wear a Caps jersey or t-shirt to work, I was able to get our management to buy into letting people wear Caps jerseys to an offsite conference we attended during the first round of the playoffs. My Rock the Red poster hangs on the door of my office. I am proud to now have Caps license plates and show support for a team I have followed for many, many years.