List of Washington Capitals Head Coaches

List Of Washington Capitals Head Coaches

The Washington Capitals are an American professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. The Capitals play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team joined the NHL in 1974 as an expansion team and won their first Eastern Conference championship in 1998. The Capitals have played their home games at the Verizon Center, formerly known as the MCI Center, since 1997. The Capitals are owned by Ted Leonsis, and George McPhee is their general manager.

There have been 15 head coaches for the Capitals franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Jim Anderson, who coached for less than a season. Bryan Murray is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (672), the most regular-season game wins (343), the most regular-season points (769), the most playoff games coached (53), and the most playoff-game wins (24). Murray's brother, Terry, has also coached the Capitals, right after his brother Bryan. Roger Crozier, who only coached one game for the Capitals, is the franchise's all-time leader for the least regular-season game points (0). Ron Wilson is the only coach to win the Prince of Wales Trophy with the Capitals, but lost the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Bryan Murray and Bruce Boudreau are the only Capitals coaches to have won the Jack Adams Award. None of the Capitals coaches have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. Anderson, Danny Belisle, Gary Green, Crozier, Bruce Cassidy, Glen Hanlon, and Boudreau have spent their entire NHL coaching careers with the Capitals.

The Capitals' most recent head coach, Dale Hunter, who replaced Boudreau on November 28, 2011, resigned on May 14, 2012 citing personal reasons. Adam Oates was named the Capitals' 16th head coach on June 26, 2012.

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