The History of the Caps 2015 Winter Classic Jerseys

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The Arcade Hockey Club of the 1930s, inspiration behind the new jerseys. (Photo: Monumental)

The internet is really good at outrage. Also cats, but we’re talking about outrage right now, so please stay on topic.

Fashion is subjective. Not everyone could love the Capitals 2015 Winter Classic jerseys, and the infinite soapbox of the internet gave all the critics a forum to voice their opinion. Personally, I think the jerseys are pretty snazzy. I like them even more once I saw them on players in a real environment. The more I see them, the more I know about them. The more I know, the more I like them.

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On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals unveiled their Winter Classic jerseys and brought along Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby along for the ride to be their models. When I first noticed Ovi, something looked kinda off. Then he came closer, and yes, he was wearing white baseball pants bunched up at his ankles. And sandals.

My first thought: he must have seen the slacks somewhere in the Nationals clubhouse, mistaken them for Dolce & Gabbana pants, and just put them on.

Nope. This was an intentional outfit decision by Alex Ovechkin. I love it.

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The Capitals New Winter Classic Jersey

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From an anonymous source.

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The jersey’s got stripes! (Photo: Monumental Network)

At noon on Tuesday, the Washington Capitals will debut their new Winter Classic jerseys. All the big wigs are in attendance: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA Don Fehr, and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. Also scheduled to attend are Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby, who will be modeling the new sweaters.

There will be a lot of information to cover today: plans for the game, a 24/7-like documentary series leading up to the game, the Caps new WC logo, the NHL’s logo, whatever the Hawks are doing, rink placement inside the stadium, views from the seats, and probably even more.

We’ll update this post as information comes in so keep refreshing. Have a blast in the comments. Also, we’ll have some awesome photos from Amanda Bowen, who is photographing the event for us, later.

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Still without a venue to announce, there hasn’t been much affirmative news about the 2014 Winter Classic lately, which is kind of a bummer. But this morning, I was innocently surfing the internet when I happened upon — and this is a blatant lie — the Caps’ Winter Classic jerseys for this year.

It must be. It has to be.

Instead of sporting vintage red, white, and blue, the Capitals have clearly chosen to embrace the colors of the team’s former home state– including the logo of that state’s favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles.

Bold. And appropriate. This jersey is the fashion equivalent of 20 games above .500.

Now imagine the Caps skating around an outdoor rink at Camden Yards, the most beautiful baseball stadium in this area (according to one Nats reporter), with a sprinkling of snow on the field. Despite Ted’s insistence that “the “Caps will play on New Year’s Day here in DC against the Chicago Blackhawks,” OPACY still feels like a mortal lock, right?

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Well, where did you think it was going to be? Monday, news broke that the 2015 Winter Classic, hosted by the Washington Capitals, is all but certain to happen at Nationals Park. FedEx Field (ew) and RFK Stadium were also looked at by National Hockey League officials, according to a report by Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN. Katie Carrera of The Washington Post confirmed the news.

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The Caps and Pens face-off in the 2011 Winter Classic. (Photo credit: Brian Babineau)

For the past few days we’ve waited with bated breath to find out what, exactly, Uncle Ted would reveal on Saturday morning at Caps Con. An outdoor game? A new retired number? Moving the team to Baltimore? Well, Friday morning news broke (via The Washington Post’s Katie Carrera) that the Washington Capitals will be hosting next year’s Winter Classic.

The Caps have been promised an outdoor game for the past few years, so this isn’t surprising. Still, it’s exciting that a big outdoor event — and there are too many of those to count these days — will finally be coming to DC, likely to Nationals Park. Ted should fill in the gaps for us on Saturday.

So, what do Caps fans think of being on hockey’s center stage?

“About damn time!” Beth Dunn exclaimed when I asked her about the news. “It was the worst kept secret ever.”

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Comparing Possible Venues for the Winter Classic

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This morning we talked about whom the Capitals might play against at the fabled 2015 Winter Classic, which we are due to learn about on Saturday. Word on the street is that it’ll be Boston or Philly (probably Philly), but that doesn’t matter as our discussion quickly devolved into where the game would be held.

I was at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on that gloriously balmy January day back in 2011. It was magical, with nearly a birds-eye-view of the on-ice action and the largest crowd I’ve ever screamed next to at a hockey game.

The Winter Classic is all about that scope, that grandeur, that nostalgia, and that crass financial exploitation of an unsuspecting fanbase. It won’t get any bigger and $$$-ier than this year’s Winter Classic, held at the 100k-seating Big House in Michigan. So where will it be in 2015?

It’s a complicated question. Regional loyalties, security, sight lines, occupancy, and Dan Snyder’s undiluted evil all play into the equation– as does the fact that it NEVER SNOWS IN DC ANYMORE.

Let’s run through the candidates together.

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The Washington Capitals are set to announce that they’ll be hosting the 2015 Winter Classic at Caps Con on Saturday. That’s all we know so far. We don’t know where it’ll be or against whom they’ll play or if HBO’s cameras will completely ruin the team again.

Personally, I’m most keen to figure out who will be at the other end of the ice on that inevitably-balmy January afternoon.

Who will the Capitals play at the 2015 Winter Classic?

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Alan May Mic’d up at the Winter Classic Alumni Game

Not five minutes ago, over in the Machinist, Peter was griping about CSN not posting their video of Alan May at Friday’s alumni game. Then Ian found it.

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