Number Retired Nov. 7, 1981
Yvon Labre's contributions to the success of the Washington Capitals extended well beyond the boundaries ot the rink. A member of the inaugural 1974-75 Capitals, Labre was a rugged defenseman whose solid, physical play paced the early expansion team. Labre is notably remembered for scoring the Capitals' first goal at the Capital Centre Oct. 15, 1974, against Los Angeles. He finished fourth in team scoring during Washington's first season and recorded more than 20 assists in a season twice in his career. From 1976-78 Labre wore the "C" on his sweater, utilizing his leadership qualities to the fullest extent.
After retiring in 1981 Labre become an assistant coach before stepping into the role of color commentator for the team's broadcasts. In 1983 Labre become the Capitals' director of community relations and continued in that position until the start of the 1996-97 season, when he began a four-year stint as director of special programs.
From the moment he took the ice in a Capitals uniform to his commitment in community programs and youth hockey, no one served as a better ambassador for hockey in the Washington area than Labre.