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Todd Reirden - Head Coach

Reirden, 47, is the 18th coach in Capitals history, after serving as an associate coach the last two seasons and assistant coach from 2014-16.

Reirden has established himself as an experienced coach at a variety of levels. Prior to joining the Capitals, Reirden spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he helped the team capture the Stanley Cup in 2009. 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). This 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 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.

In the 2015-16 season, the Capitals ranked second in the NHL in goals against per game (2.33), marking Washington's lowest goals against per game since 2010-11 (2.33). In addition, the Capitals ranked sixth in shots against per game (28.4) and 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 addition, three Capitals defensemen represented their countries at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov).

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. He also helped develop defenseman Kris Letang into a two-time NHL All-Star and 2013 Norris Trophy finalist and helped Matt Niskanen post the highest plus/minus (+33) among NHL defensemen in 2013-14.

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.

Blaine Forsythe - Assistant Coach

Blaine Forsythe is in his 12th season with Washington and his ninth as an assistant coach. Forsythe is responsible for the Capitals power play and the team's centers. The Capitals have ranked in the top-5 in the NHL in power-play percentage in each of the last five 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. On March 2, 2016 against Toronto, Nicklas Backstrom won 15 of 18 faceoffs (83.8%), marking Washington's highest faceoff win percentage (min. 15 faceoffs) since David Steckel won 15 of 18 faceoffs on Nov. 13, 2009 vs. Minnesota. 

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 first season as the Capitals' goaltending coach after spending the past four seasons with the Hershey Bears. Murray will work with Washington's goaltenders and coaching staff this season and will report directly to Mitch Korn.

Last year in 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, 39, 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 - Video Coach 

Brett Leonhardt returns to the Capitals for his sixth season as the team's video 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 of the GOJHL.

Leonhardt was born in Kitchener, Ont. He and his wife, Logan, reside in Alexandria, Va.

Tim Ohashi - Video Analyst

Tim Ohashi is entering his third year with the Capitals as an 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 currently resides in Bethesda, Md.