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Capitals Coaching Staff

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. 

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.