ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate the team’s 40th anniversary season presented by Comcast SportsNet with a special pre-game ceremony prior to the team’s regular-season opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 9. The Capitals’ Opening Night presented by GEICO marks the anniversary of the franchise’s first game at the New York Rangers on Oct. 9, 1974.
To commemorate the occasion, Capitals legends Peter Bondra, Sylvain Cote, Rod Langway and Craig Laughlin will participate in a ceremonial puck drop, and the Capitals will wear white alternate uniforms during the home opener that will be auctioned off during the game. In addition, each fan in attendance will receive a Capitals magnet schedule. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the game early to enjoy the pre-game ceremony as well as concourse activities such as face painters and a drum line.
The Capitals 40th anniversary season celebration will also include a commemorative logo, featuring the Capitals weagle and six stars in honor of the history of the Capitals. The logo will be worn as a patch on the team’s jerseys throughout the season and displayed on all home game pucks.
The Capitals are 6-1-0 all-time in season openers at Verizon Center and will face Montreal in its opening game of the season for the first time in franchise history. Washington posted a 2-1-0 record against the Canadiens last season and is 36-30-9-1 all-time against Montreal at home. Goaltender Braden Holtby is 5-0-0 in his career against the Canadiens with two shutouts, a 0.99 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage. Captain Alex Ovechkin led the Capitals with four points (3g, 1a) in three games against the Canadiens last season and has registered 36 points (20g, 16a) in 33 career games against Montreal.