Skip to Main Content
The Official Site of the Washington Capitals

Nats Batting Helmet is the Caps New Game Winning Tradition

The usual Caps 'hard hat' has been temporarily replaced

by Taryn Bray @tarynbray /

If you ask anyone in the National Hockey League if their team has a weird tradition or quirk, they'd probably say yes. It's no surprise that teams find something to get behind during the season and become superstitious about it.

For the Capitals right now, it's the Washington Nationals batting helmet.

Usually for the Caps, it's a hard hat but given that the fellow D.C. sports team is battling in the playoffs right now the Caps decided to pay homage to them by having a game-used Nats helmet be their "thing" temporarily.

In the season opener, it was Martin Fehervary that got the helmet given to him by none other than the Capitals Captain, Alex Ovechkin. In Friday night's win against the Islanders it was Ilya Samsonov who got the helmet. His was given to him by Fehervary.

Tweet from @Capitals: Pretty obvious choice for the @Nationals Cap tonight!#ALLCAPS // #STAYINTHEFIGHT

Both made their NHL debuts in their respective hat receiving game.

"Right now it's a Washington Nationals batting helmet, that's what we went with because it's very fitting right now," head coach Todd Reirden said. "It will change during the year but that's what we went with and it was great that Alex Ovechkin delivered the first one."

Samsonov even got his pie in the face while wearing the helmet after Friday night's victory.

Tweet from @Capitals: Was it a Whip-cream pie? 🤔

The Nationals are back in D.C. tonight and tomorrow for games three and four of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It was hinted at on Saturday that Ovi would be throwing out the first pitch in one of the games in the below Nats tweet. 

Tweet from @Nationals: Hey DC...We're coming home for Games 3 & 4!Wanted to give you a heads up that you *might* want to be in your seats a little early this week.#ALLCAPS // #STAYINTHEFIGHT


View More