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#WNSTSweet16 — The best 16 players to suit up for the Washington Capitals

Posted on 22 April 2014 by Drew Forrester

Unlike the Orioles or the former Baltimore Colts, I can say something about the Washington Capitals that I literally can’t say about those two Baltimore sports teams.

I’ve seen every member of the Washington Capitals play hockey.

That’s right — since the Caps started in the NHL back in 1974-75, every single player who has ever donned the red, white and blue has been seen by my eyes.

That doesn’t get me much, of course.  Actually, being a fan of the Caps has produced nothing but heartache, mainly, since the team has only reached the Stanley Cup Finals once in their history and the result in the spring of 1998 was a 4-0 series whitewashing at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings.

Other than that, there’s been a lot of losing, a lot of disappointment and some memorable post-season collapses.

That said — the organization has also had its fair share of outstanding players.  In fact, for this week’s Sweet 16 list, my job was to rank the Caps’ all-time best sixteen.  And doing so gave me the chance to skate down memory lane.  Honestly, a few of the guys who made the list were much better than I remembered them to be.

Let’s get it started by going way back in time — back when then Caps REALLY stunk.  And this guy, actually, turned out to be the first REAL hockey player the Capitals ever had on their team.

16. Dennis Maruk —

He only played five seasons for the Caps, but Maruk produced 182 goals in D.C. in 343 games, averaging better than a point-per-game with 431 total points.  Still ranks in the top 10 in several offensive categories including goals, points and power play goals.



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Driesell, Weller, Kolzig to receive Hall of Fame honors

Posted on 16 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland basketball coaches Lefty Driesell and Chris Weller, in addition to the “Voice of the Terrapins” Johnny Holliday, have been named as part of a seven-member class in the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.

The honorees be honored during pregame festivities prior to the Washington Nationals series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, April 27 at Nationals Park. This year, the renowned sports club will enshrine the following inductees:

o   Charles “Lefty” Driesell – Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Maryland

o   Johnny Holliday – Sports Broadcaster, Voice of Maryland football & basketball and Nats Xtra television host on MASN

o   Olaf “Olie” Kolzig – Former Goalie, Washington Capitals

o   George Solomon – Former Sports Editor, The Washington Post

o   Theodore N. Lerner – Managing Principal Owner, Washington Nationals

o   Michael Weiss – Olympic and Professional Figure Skater

o   Chris Weller – Former Women’s Head Basketball Coach, University of Maryland

These honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital. They will join a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities already in the Hall of Fame, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, Sonny Jurgensen, Morgan Wootten, Bob Wolff and many others.

Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.

“As a native Washingtonian, and a huge sports fan, it is a thrill to induct this new class of honorees into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame,” said Charlie Brotman, co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame and Founder/CEO of Brotman-Winter-Fried (a division of Sage Communications). “We now have more than 100 members in this exclusive club, all of whom have helped further the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community.”

Driesell won 348 games in 17 seasons (1969-86) as head coach of the Maryland men’s basketball team, building the Terrapins into a perennial ACC contender. He developed such players as Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King and Buck Williams.

Under the guidance of Driesell, Maryland won the National Invitational Tournament in 1972 and the ACC Tournament Championship in 1984.

In 27 seasons (1975-2002) as head coach of the women’s basketball team, Weller guided her alma mater to a national title game and three Final Four appearances. Her Maryland teams enjoyed national rankings in 18 seasons and she engineered an unprecedented eight ACC titles.

Weller coached four All-Americans (Vicky Bullett, Jasmina Perazic, Debbie Lytle, Deanna Tate) and amassed 499 wins at the helm.

Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1979 and has called some of the most memorable moments in Maryland sports history. He called four ACC football title and seven bowl wins, in addition to men’s basketball’s 2002 national championship seasons and the 2004 ACC Tournament title.

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