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Caps Alumni Biographies: Craig Laughlin

Craig Laughlin was traded to Washington along with Rod Langway, Brian Engblom, and Doug Jarvis.

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Craig Laughlin was a talented right-winger who played over 500 NHL games in the 1980s. He was a fine skater with a quick shot who topped the 20-goal mark three times in his career and was asset on the power play.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Mark Lofthouse

Lofthouse was chosen 21st overall by the Washington Capitals at the 1977 Amateur Draft.

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Mark Lofthouse was a solid role player in the 1970s and '80s who could score and battle for the puck. He was a dominant scorer in junior and the minors but never put it all together in the NHL.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Alan May

May's career took a turn for the better after he was traded to the Washington Capitals in June 1989.

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Right-winger Alan May was a hard-nosed grinder who demonstrated pugilistic ability when challenged during his eight NHL seasons in the 1980s and '90s. I addition to his toughness, he was also a responsible defensive player whose plus/minus rating was always respectable.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller was traded to the Washington Capitals along with Mike Ridley for former 50-goal scorer Bob Carpenter.

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Left-winger Kelly Miller was a fine playmaker and checker who played nearly 1,000 NHL games in the 1980s and '90s. His quick hands made him a dangerous passer and a tough opponent on faceoffs.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Paul Mulvey

Mulvey was selected in the second round, 20th overall in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft by the NHL Washington Capitals.

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Mention the name Paul Mulvey and it immediately conjures images of a darker side of hockey that most would sooner forget. The burly 6'4" 225-pound right winger was at the centre of one of the NHL's biggest controversies in league history back in 1982. It was a black mark which effectively ended his playing career. Although he played 225 games in the NHL, and was widely known for his fighting abilities, it was his infamous non-fight that remains his permanent legacy, unfair as it may be.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Michal Pivonka

Michal Pivonka joined the Caps in 1986-87.

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Michal Pivonka first caught the attention of NHL scouts as a result of his standout performance at the 1983 European Junior Championships where he was named to the tournaments all-star team. He kept up his stellar play at World Junior tournaments in 1985 and 1986, winning a gold medal in the latter outing.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Errol Rausse

Caps Alumni Biographies: Errol Rausse

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While regarded as being small for a hockey player, Errol Rausse put up big numbers in his last two seasons of junior hockey with Seattle, of the Western Hockey League. His performance at the World Junior Championship also showed he could play in the more intense competition. The Washington Capitals took Rausse with the 24th pick overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Mike Ridley

Halfway through his second year, Ridley was traded to the Washington Capitals.

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While playing youth hockey in Winnipeg, Mike Ridley suffered a few setbacks that served to disguise the great hockey potential that simmered under his helmet. As a midget, his leg was broken as a result of a hit laid on by his future Ranger teammate, James Patrick. Later Ridley suffered a broken collarbone. The net result was that he lost two important years of development while his bones were at rest.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Gary Rissling

In 1978, Rissling signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals.

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Gary Rissling was a smallish hockey player who could stir up a hurricane of fuss, usually in the form of fights that seemed to swell well beyond his modest physical stature. Wherever he played, a cloud of ice chips was sure to follow.

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Caps Alumni Biographies: Ken Sabourin

Sabourin was sent to the Washington Capitals for Paul Fenton in 1991.

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Defenceman Ken Sabourin played 74 games for the Calgary Flames and Washington Capitals in the 80s and 90s. He was a rugged individual who used his 6'3" frame effectively to battle enemy forwards.

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