15 players you forgot played for the Capitals
15 Players people forgot played for the Capitals
From hockey color commentators to NHL coaches to one name that should at least look familiar to Washington Redskins fans, here are 15 players who suited up for the Caps that people might've forgotten about.
1: John Gruden
That’s right, a DC franchise has employed a Gruden before. But it's not the current Raiders coach.
He was drafted in the eighth round by the Boston Bruins in the 1990 NHL Draft, and never played a full 82 game season throughout his career. Gruden played with the Caps when he returned to the NHL at age 33.
He played just 11 games with the squad and scored one goal. Gruden is now an assistant coach for the New York Islanders, serving under former Capitals head coach Barry Trotz.
Gruden's son, Jonathan Gruden, was drafted in the fourth round by the Ottawa Senators in the 2018 draft.
2: Craig Berube
Berube might now be known as the man who has turned the St. Louis Blues season around, stepping in midway through the season and taking them from last in the league to the Western Conference Final.
Before he coached the Blues to the playoffs, he played 419 games with the Capitals, the most of any team he played for during his career. He scored 26 goals to go with 38 assists and wore 27 before defenseman Karl Alzner used the number.
3: Bobby Carpenter
Drafted third overall in the 1981 NHL entry draft by the Caps, Carpenter split his career among five NHL franchises. Wearing No. 10 and No. 11 for the Capitals, Carpenter played 490 games and racked up 395 points. Carpenter finally won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.
His daughter Alex Carpenter as represented the US Women’s National Team in the Olympics, and his son Bobo played four years at Boston University and is a New York Islanders prospect.
4: Bill Clement
Clement is one of many former Capitals who turned his playing experience into a television career.
Clement played for the Caps during the 1975-76 season and appeared in 46 games in the red, white and blue before joining the Atlanta Flames. While his appearance was brief, he recorded 27 points. He won two Stanley Cups with the Flyers before joining the Caps, and helped the Flames helped to five consecutive playoff appearances. Clement went on to broadcast NHL games for ESPN, NBC and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
5: Cody Eakin
Drafted No. 85 overall by the Capitals in the 2009, Eakin’s time with the organization was fleeting. He played only 30 games with the Capitals and was one of five players in the NHL playoffs who played for the Capitals and is now on a different team.
Eakin faced off against his former team last year in the Stanley Cup Final and scored three goals and one assist on Vegas’s miracle run.
6: Brian Engblom
Engblom is the second media personality on this list of lesser-known Caps.
He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 1975 NHL Draft and played five years with the club before joining the Caps for the 1982-83 season. Engblom’s tenure as a Cap ended six games into the 1983-84 season, and he played the remainder of his career with the Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.
Engblom now broadcasts games for the Tampa Bay Lightning and NBC Sports Network.
7: Roman Hamrlik
The Czech native was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 NHL draft.
After weaving his way through Tampa, Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Calgary and Montreal, Hamrlik ended up with the Capitals at age 37 and helped the squad get to the playoffs in the 2011-12 season. He played 72 games over two seasons and scored two goals.
8: Phil Housley
One of Buffalo’s best players and now former coach was a Capital for a hot second.
He joined the Caps for two seasons, and the closest the second highest American point scorer came to winning a Stanley Cup came during the 1997-98 season when the Caps were swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Housley played 141 with the Caps and played for seven other teams, amassing 1232 total points. He was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
9: Keith Jones
Before he joined NBC Sports Network as an analyst, Jones was drafted in the seventh round by the Capitals in the 1988 entry draft. He played five years with the Caps, garnering 62 goals and 65 assists in 258 games before finishing his career with the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers.
Since retiring from the NHL in 2000, Jones does analysis for the Flyers and national broadcasts.
10: Nick Kypreos
Kypreos went undrafted before joining the Caps for the 1989-90 season. In his 175 games with the Caps, Kypreos posted 37 points and racked up 484 penalty minutes.
He played the rest of his 442 game career with the Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Kypreos now hosts Hockey Central on SportsNet and is an analyst on Hockey Night in Canada.
11: Trevor Linden
The Vancouver Canucks great was a Capital for a short stint. In between 16 years for the ‘Nucks, Linden made a 28 game appearance for Caps starting in the 2000-01 season and came over as part of the Dainus Zubrus trade. He was traded back to the Canucks, where he ended his career, in exchange for Vancouver’s first-round pick, which the Caps used to select Boyd Gordon.
Linden stuck with the Canucks after he retired from playing, and is the former president of hockey operations for the team.
12: Joel Quenneville
The new bench boss for the Florida Panthers bopped around the league after being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the No. 21 pick in the 1978 NHL Draft.
After playing for the Leafs, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, and the Hartford Whalers, Quenneville wrapped up his playing career with the Caps in the 1990-91 season. He appeared in only nine games and scored one goal. His career as a coach is where he made his mark, where he’s made 18 playoff appearances and won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks.
13: Scott Stevens
Stevens was drafted fifth overall by the Caps in the 1982 draft, and he panned out for the squad. In eight seasons and 601 games with the team, Stevens amassed 429 points, only one fewer than in his 13 years with the New Jersey Devils. He left the Caps in free agency to sign with St. Louis, and was traded in a blockbuster deal to the Devils for Brendan Shanahan. It paid off, and the Devils won three Stanley Cups with him as their captain.
14: Dave Tippett
After seven years with the Hartford Whalers, Tippett made his way to the Capitals for two seasons. In 91 games with the Caps, Tippett scored 27 points before opting to sign with the rival Pittsburgh Penguins in free agency for the 1992-93 season. Tippett’s breakthrough came as a coach, and he served as the head coach for the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes, where he won the Jack Adams Award as the best coach for his 2009-10 campaign. He currently serves as a senior advisor for the expansion team that’s starting in Seattle.
15: Rick Tocchet
Drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Flyers, Tocchet proved to be a Caps killer before joining the team in the 1996-97 season.
He scored 20 points against the Caps and won the Stanley Cup in 1992. In 13 games with the Caps, he was nearly a point-per-game player with 10 points before he signed as a free agent with the then-Phoenix Coyotes before closing out his career with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tocchet currently serves as the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes.