Washington Capitals, a professional ice hockey team, joined the NHL in 1974. The name Capitals was chosen by the club owner Abe Pollin after a name-the-team contest. He made the obvious choice for the team representing Washington, the capital of the United States. Moreover, in his opinion, this moniker would distinguish his team from the other clubs. The common nickname used for the team is the Caps. Besides, it’s called the Second round exit and the Red Army.
The Capitals’ team colors are patriotic white, blue and red, i.e. the colors of the American flag. The stars on the uniform are an allusion to the stars on Washington’s coat of arms.
Washington Capitals were the most average team in the League. No great success was ever achieved. In 1995, the club radically changed its image. It abandoned its traditional red, white and blue colors in favor of a dark blue, black, and bronze color scheme with stars and the bald eagle, the US national emblem. The alternate Washington Capitals emblem included the Capitol building with two stars aside.
The Reebok-designed uniform was a turn to the original red, white and blue color scheme. Even the new emblem Washington Capitals strongly reminds the 1974 emblem, which was completed with a hockey stick. The Washington Capitals still use this uniform and emblem.
The official mascot for the Washington Capitals is Slapshot, a large anthropomorphic bald eagle, who wears the number 00.
Washington Capitals logo history
In 1975 Washington became the home town for a team consisting of young and promising hockey players. Throughout the team history, its logo has changed four times. Hockey sticks were basic symbols on the first and last two logos, while in 1996-2002 it was the eagle. The last primary colors of the logo were dark blue and bright red.
1974 – 1995
The initial Washington Capitals logo was a minimalist and discreet variant. The central part of the logo was occupied by the word “Capitals” written in blue. It wasn’t selected by chance. It was a reference to Washington, the capital city of America. The written in the red name of Washington itself was located atop. Resembling a hockey stick the letter “t” in the word was highlighted in bright red. Left-leaning italics also distinguishes this unique logo.
1995 – 1997
After 20 years, the team decided to change the concept and logo completely. In the 1990s, black was becoming extremely popular among the NHL participants. That’s why it was accepted as the basic color for a new logo Washington Capitals. In the middle of the logo, there was a black eagle, swooping down with released talons. The written in gold and framed in blue word “Capitals” was located a bit below. The stars first appeared on the new logo. Despite the fact that the new logo differed from the previous one, the word “Capitals” still remained one of the key items of the logo.
1997 – 2002
After 23 years, the name disappeared from the logo, which now depicted only the flying eagle.
2002 – 2007
The third Washington Capitals logo change dated back to the early 2000s. The basic color palette still included gold and blue, but the number of logo symbols was enlarged. The abandoned eagle was replaced by the Capitol building with two crossed blue hockey sticks behind and two golden stars aside. The name of the team (if someone suddenly did not know or forgot it) was located in the very center, inside the black rectangle. The name of the city was written in gold, while the word “Capitals” was written in white. The black rectangle was framed in blue and gold. At the very bottom, one could see the crossed sticks and the blue and gold puck between them. The logo was nicely detailed with shades and tints of basic colors.
The Capitol was a good visual element used to “tie” the city and the local hockey team. Did the team really need all these details on the logo? It probably evokes not the most pleasant reminiscent for the team fans, since possessing this logo the team broke an anti-record in its history. In 2001 the Washington Capitals landed Jaromir Jagr, but at that time he was far from a perfect player. But on the other hand, in 2004 the club won the Draft Lottery and selected Alexander Ovechkin first overall.
2007 – present
In 2008, the team, in fact, returned to the first, original logo. There are several remarkable differences between the first and today’s, authentic logo of the Capitals. In the middle, there is the word “Capitals” written in right-leaning italics. The color acquired a more saturation dark blue shade. The hockey stick still forms the letter “t”. The name of the US capital is written in red. Three red stars added above the logo are the novelty.
Compared to their previous logos, this is probably the best one with the best color combination that Capitals has ever had. And the color scheme of the jersey has become really attractive and pleasant to the eye. The logo itself is not a logo at all, as it states the obvious. Besides, it is not even written in capital letters! Much can be said about the logo authenticity, but it is hardly possible to improve it somehow exploiting the same color scheme.