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Against the Odds: Remembering Mike Marson's Career with the Caps

Sixteen years after Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier, an 18-year-old Mike Marson made his NHL debut with the expansion Capitals

by Ben Raby @BenRaby31 / WashingtonCaps.com

It was a typical Career Day for the Grade 6 class at Buchanan Public School in Scarborough, Ontario, complete with the usual allotment of fire fighters, policemen, nurses and other accomplished professionals on hand to chat with students.

Mike Marson, who played for the Washington Capitals during their 1974-75 expansion season, still remembers sitting in the classroom that day in 1967 along with his childhood friend and future New York Rangers forward Wayne Dillon.

"They were trying to get us to think about more than being in Grade 6," Marson recalled.

"So, Wayne was asked what he would someday like to do for a living, and he said he wanted to be a National Hockey League player. 'That's great, good for you,' he was told. Then I was asked the same question and I gave the same answer. The [staff] just looked at each other and shook their heads as if to say, 'Kid, you have no idea the mountain that you think you're going to climb.'"

The doubters were always going to be there because of Marson's skin color. He was a black kid looking to make it big in a historically white sport.

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Time CAPSule - Bondra's Five-Spot

Twenty-five years ago today, Peter Bondra became the second player in Caps' franchise history to score five goals in a single game

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Bondra's Five Goal Game

Bondra's Five Goal Game

Twenty-five years ago today, Peter Bondra scored five goals in an NHL game, becoming just the second Washington player ever to achieve the feat

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Twenty-five years ago today, Caps winger Peter Bondra scored five goals in an NHL game, becoming just the second Washington player ever to achieve the feat. I spent a few hours watching a replay of that game and reading about the feat, and here are some gleanings I can share with you from that night.

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Photo Gallery: 2018 Rooftop Bourbon & Cigar Event

Proceeds from this year's event totaled over $47,000 and will be used to provide scholarship opportunities to select student-athletes from each of the six high school hockey leagues in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

On Monday, June 25, the Washington Capitals Alumni Association hosted their Rooftop Bourbon & Cigar Fundraiser at Top of the Town in Arlington, VA. The event featured whiskey tasting, an array of cigars, as well as a live auction for experiences with Capitals Alumni players. Proceeds from the event totaled over $47,000, and will be used to provide scholarship opportunities to select student-athletes from each of the six high school hockey leagues in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area on behalf of the WCAA.

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Alumni Summer Classic Game Participants Announced

Alumni Summer Classic to Be Held at Kettler Capitals Iceplex June 26

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation announced today alumni participating in the second-annual Bourbon & Cigar Fundraiser benefitting the Washington Capitals Alumni Association (WCAA) Scholarship Fund, as well as details for the Alumni Summer Classic Game.

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A Look Back at the Capitals 1998 Eastern Conference Title

As the Capitals prepare for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Las Vegas, we re-live some of the memories from the last time the Capitals were crowned Eastern Conference champions.

by Ben Raby @BenRaby31 / WashingtonCaps.com

It wasn't aesthetically pleasing, but for a franchise that waited 24 years to play for the Stanley Cup, style points didn't matter.

So, when Joe Juneau finished off a goalmouth scramble by jamming a rebound past Buffalo's Dominik Hasek in Game 6 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Final, the celebration was on. Juneau's overtime winner, six minutes 24 seconds into the extra session, sealed a 3-2 victory and secured the Capitals' first conference title.

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Bonzai's Birthday Month Bonanza

Peter Bondra turned 50 on Feb. 7, and we've been thinking about the number of hat tricks and remarkable offensive performances he put together in his birth month over the years.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Earlier this month, legendary Caps winger Peter Bondra celebrated his 50th birthday. And while that seems somehow hard to believe, we're going to mark the occasion by celebrating Bondra.

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Bidding Open to Participate in Capitals Outdoor Alumni Fantasy Game

Winners will play on the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ rink at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

The Washington Capitals announced today the opportunity for fans to participate in the 2018 Capitals Outdoor Alumni Fantasy Game on the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ rink at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, March 4.

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Capitals Alumni, Broadcasters to Participate in WAFF Ice House

Partnership with Washington Gas and Salvation Army benefits the Washington Area Fuel Fund to help heat local homes

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

Capitals alumnus Peter Bondra, alumnus and NBC Sports Washington (NBCSW) color analyst Craig Laughlin and NBCSW Capitals play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati will participate in a sit-in at an ice house to benefit the Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF) in January sponsored by Washington Gas and The Salvation Army. Bondra will participate on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m., and Laughlin and Beninati will participate on Friday, Jan. 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Washington Harbour in Washington, D.C.

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Twenty Years Strong

The Capitals' home at 7th and F Street has hosted some of the greatest moments in team history

by Ben Raby @BenRaby31 / WashingtonCaps.com

Twenty-years ago this month, professional sports in Washington, D.C. experienced a significant shift. In December 1997, both the NHL's Capitals and the NBA's Bullets - who would be rebranded as the Wizards - moved from U.S. Airways Arena in Landover, MD., to the MCI Center in northwest D.C.

This meant that after playing all of their prior home games in Maryland, the Washington Capitals would finally play within the city's limits.

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Power Up DC with Caps Alumni

Capitals alumni Sylvain Cote and Paul Mulvey participated in the Power Up DC program at Hendley Elementary School in Ward 8 on Oct. 26.

by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation @MSEFndn / MonumentalFoundation.org

Capitals alumni Sylvain Cote and Paul Mulvey participated in the Power Up DC program at Hendley Elementary School in Ward 8 on Oct. 26. Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Athletes for Hope and Explosive Performance have partnered to bring Power Up DC to Hendley, the adopted school for Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and its teams. 

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