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Todd Reirden - Head Coach

Reirden, 47, is entering his first season as Capitals' head coach after serving as an associate coach the last two seasons and assistant coach from 2014-16. Last season, Reirden helped lead the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history. 

In his four previous seasons with the Capitals, Reirden was responsible for the team's defensemen. During that span, the Capitals have posted a record of 205-89-34 and ranked second in goals against average (2.45). Last season, Washington defensemen combined for 176 points, including 138 at even strength. Capitals defenseman John Carlson led the NHL with 68 points, marking the fourth time in the last 10 seasons a Caps defenseman has finished in the top-10 among defensemen scoring, the second to finish in the top two and the first to finish first under Reirden. 

During the 2016-17 season, the Capitals ranked first in the NHL in goals against per game (2.16), marking Washington's lowest goals against per game in franchise history. In addition, the Capitals ranked fourth in shots against per game (27.8) and the Capitals held their opponents to the fewest goals in an 82-game season in franchise history (182). During the 2015-16 season, the Capitals held their opponents to 30 or fewer shots in 15 consecutive games (10/15-11/18), marking the longest streak for Washington since 1984-85. Reirden helped lead the Capitals to the fifth-ranked power play in the NHL (21.9) and Washington defensemen ranked tied for sixth in the League in even-strength points (122). 

In his first season with the Capitals, Reirden helped lead Washington to the highest power-play percentage in the NHL (25.3%) and helped Capitals blueliners rank third in the NHL in points by defensemen (182), tied for first in the League in even-strength points by defensemen (137) and tied for first in multi-point games by defensemen (37). Washington defensemen also recorded 150 assists in 2014-15, passing their total from 2013-14 (108). Reirden helped the Capitals improve in several defensive categories, ranking seventh in the NHL in goals against (2.43) season after finishing 21st in the League in 2013-14 (2.79) and rank tied for 10th in shots against per game (28.9) in 2014-15 after ranking 27th (33.5) in 2013-14. In addition, the 2014-15 Capitals had the largest decline in shots against (-4.6 per game) from the previous season of any NHL team in the last seven seasons. 

Prior to joining the Capitals, Reirden spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins and worked closely with Pittsburgh's defensemen and power-play unit. Under his guidance, the Penguins' power play scored the most power-play goals (164) and posted the highest power-play percentage (22.3%) in the NHL since 2011. Reirden oversaw a defensive corps that ranked seventh in goals (38) in 2013-14, sent three players to the 2014 Winter Olympics (Olli Maatta, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik) and ranked in the top 12 in goals against in three of his four seasons with the team. 

Reirden joined the Penguins organization in 2008 as an assistant coach with Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins of the AHL and was promoted to head coach following Dan Bylsma's promotion to Pittsburgh. In his two seasons as head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Reirden guided the team to a 55-43-8 record and has seen 36 of his former players reach the NHL, including 15 defensemen who played in the NHL during the 2013-14 season. During the 2009 playoffs, the Deerfield, Ill., native joined Pittsburgh's extended playoff coaching staff and assisted with in-game adjustments, helping the team capture the Stanley Cup. Prior to joining the Penguins organization, Reirden spent one season as an assistant coach with his alma mater - the Bowling Green Falcons. 

Reirden was selected by New Jersey in the 12th round, 242nd overall, in the 1990 NHL Draft. He recorded 46 points (11g, 35a) and 181 penalty minutes in 183 career NHL games with Edmonton, St. Louis, Atlanta and Phoenix. 

Reirden and his wife, Shelby, have one son, Travis. 

Scott Arniel - Assistant Coach

Arniel, 55, is entering his first season as an assistant coach with the Capitals after spending the past five seasons as an associate coach with the New York Rangers. Arniel brings more than 15 years of professional coaching experience, which includes serving as head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010-12. 

The Kingston, Ont., native compiled a 218-136-21-21 record in five seasons as head coach in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves and the Manitoba Moose. Arniel guided the Moose to the Calder Cup Final in 2009 after posting franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points to finish atop the AHL standings. Arniel captured the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award that season as the AHL Coach of the Year. Arniel also served as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres (2002-2006) and with the Manitoba Moose (1999-2002). 

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Arniel won two Memorial Cup Championships with the Cornwall Royals in the QMJHL and won a gold medal in the 1982 World Junior Championship, Canada's first-ever gold medal in the tournament. Arniel appeared in 730 NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets (1981-86; 1990-91), Buffalo Sabres (1986-90), and Boston Bruins (1991-92), registering 338 points (149g, 189a) in 11 seasons. Arniel was originally selected by Winnipeg in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1981 Entry Draft. 

Arniel and his wife, Lia, have a son, Brendan, and a daughter, Stephanie. 

Reid Cashman - Assistant Coach

Cashman, 35, is entering his first season as an assistant coach with the Capitals after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Hershey Bears. In Cashman's first season behind the bench in Hershey, the Bears finished fourth in the AHL in shots against, and advanced to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. 

Cashman joined Hershey in 2016 after a successful tenure at Quinnipiac University. Cashman coached at his alma mater for five seasons, the latter two as an associate head coach, prior to joining the Bears. At Quinnipiac, he spent four years as an assistant coach, and two as an associate head coach, helping lead the program to 129 wins as well as four-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including two NCAA Frozen Four and Championship Game appearances. In addition, Quinnipiac won three Cleary Cups for the ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship and the program's first Whitelaw Cup for the ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship in 2016. 

The Minnesota native graduated from Quinnipiac University where he is the the program's all-time leader in career assists (125) as well as defenseman career points (148). Cashman earned All-American recognition in 2005, 2006 and 2007 after he completed his last two seasons as the only defenseman ranked in the top-20 in scoring in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. Cashman was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Decade Team for the period from 2000 through 2009 and was also recognized as one of the Top 50 players in ECAC Hockey history. 

Upon completion of his Quinnipiac career, Cashman signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played for the AHL's Toronto Marlies, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Milwaukee Admirals. He also played for the Columbia Inferno, Wheeling Nailers and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL before completing his professional career overseas with EHC Black Wings Linz of the Austrian Erste Bank Ice Hockey League. 

Cashman's hometown is Red Wing, Minnesota. He is joined in Washington by his wife, Stefanie and his daughter, Maggie. 

Blaine Forsythe - Assistant Coach

Blaine Forsythe is entering his 13th season with Washington and his 10th as an assistant coach. Forsythe is responsible for the Capitals power play and the team's centers. 

During the Capitals' Stanley Cup run, Washington opened up its first six playoff games with a power play goal, marking the first time since 1989 the Capitals recorded a power play goal in six straight playoff games. The Capitals power play converted on 22 of their 75 opportunities (29.4 percent), the most power play goals in a postseason over the last eight seasons. 

The Capitals have ranked in the top-10 in the NHL in power-play percentage in each of the last six seasons and top-five in five of the last six seasons, including the top-ranked unit in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. In addition, Forsythe took over the responsibility of working with the team's centers prior to the 2014-15 season. He helped improve the team's faceoff win percentage from 48.4% (19th) in 2013-14 to 51.2% (12th) in 2014-15. 

Forsythe joined the Capitals as a video coach prior to the 2006-07 season and was an integral member of the Capitals staff that helped lead the Capitals to the 2007-08 Southeast Division championship. He was promoted to a position as an amateur scout in 2008-09 before returning to the coaching staff in 2009- 10. In his first season back as an assistant coach, Forsythe led the team's video coaching operations and helped the team win the Presidents' Trophy and the Southeast Division championship. 

Prior to joining the Washington organization, the Calgary, Alberta, native worked for the Calgary Hitmen from 1998-2006, where he served as both an assistant general manager (1998-06) and an assistant coach (2002-06). Forsythe helped lead Calgary to a WHL championship in 1999. 

Forsythe received a business degree from the University of Minnesota and played Division II hockey at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He played junior hockey with the CJHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings in Pembroke, Ontario. 

Forsythe and his wife, Ivy, reside in Arlington. He has a daughter, Sloan, and a son, Bodhi. 

Scott Murray - Goaltending Coach

Murray is entering his second season as the Capitals' goaltending coach. Murray previously spent four seasons with the Hershey Bears. 

During the 2017-18 season, Murray worked with Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer. In his final 30 appearances, Grubauer finished with a 15-7-2, a 1.99 goals against average and a .935 save percentage, which is the lowest goals against average and the highest save percentage among goaltenders with at least 30 appearances during that time frame. 

In 2016-17 with Hershey, Murray worked with Vitek Vanecek and Pheonix Copley. Under Murray's guidance, Vanecek recorded a career-high of 18 wins and finished second in the AHL in shutouts (5), while Copley won 11 of his 16 games with Hershey and finished eighth in the AHL in save percentage (.924). Murray has also previously coached Philipp Grubuaer, who posted a career-best .926 save percentage and 2.04 goals against average with the Capitals. 

Murray joined the Capitals organization in 2013 after spending four seasons as the goaltending coach for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. Murray, 40, played hockey collegiately at Lake Superior State University. The St. Clements, Ontario, native also played for the San Angelo Saints (Central Hockey League) and Motor City Mechanics (United Hockey League) during his professional career. 

Murray and his wife Renee have three children, a son Tylar, and two daughters, Ella and Liv. 

Brett Leonhardt - Assistant Coach: Video

Brett Leonhardt returns to the Capitals for his seventh season as the team's video coach and first as an assistant coach. 

Leonhardt spent two seasons in the NHL office in Toronto as their video manager for hockey operations beginning in 2011. In his role, he was responsible for breaking down and handling all video for rule changes, video reviews, officiating issues and more. 

Prior to his time with the NHL, Leonhardt received a bachelor of arts in communications and media arts at Neumann University and was a recipient of the John A. Phillips Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the John Facenda Award for excellence in communication arts. He played hockey collegiately at both Neumann University and Oswego State University after spending three seasons playing for the Cambridge Winterhawks and Kitchener Dutchmen of the GOJHL. 

Leonhardt was born in Kitchener, Ont. He and his wife Logan, a DCPS kindergarten teacher at Janney Elementary, reside in Reston, Va. 

Tim Ohashi - Video Analyst

Tim Ohashi is entering his fourth year with the Capitals as Analyst. Previously he served as a coaching staff Intern. 

Prior to his time with the Capitals, Ohashi earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he studied psychology and math. While at Bates, he served as Vice President of the club hockey team and was recipient of the Abigail Smith Award. He earned his Master's from Georgetown University in Sports Industry Management where he was a recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. 

Ohashi was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Maryland. He resides with his girlfriend, Nicole, in Arlington, Va.