Did Steve Oleksy Change His Number to 62?

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Photo: Washington Capitals

Tuesday morning, the Washington Capitals published photos on their Facebook page of Steve Oleksy, Matt Niskanen, and Chris Brown getting in a skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. One of those photos seemed a bit odd to reader Matt, so he sent us a tweet.

Hmmm, yeah that’s not right.

With all the number changes happening recently, I went directly to the source to inquire if all those Binkaholics in the Maryland, Virginia, and DC-area needed to buy a new #62 sweater.

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It definitely suits him. (Photoshop by me!)

Update 11:10 PM: A Caps spokesman has confirmed the number change.

After spending parts of four seasons in the Washington Capitals organization wearing a whole bunch of jersey numbers that add up to 9, it appears Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov finally has his childhood number.

On Saturday, Caps hockey blog Rock The Red first noticed the change on the Caps’ website, where Dmitry Orlov’s name is next to the number 9. Later, reader Evan sent us a screenshot of his very own.

The change is live and can be seen on the Caps’ roster page.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov Changes His Jersey Number to 84

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Graphic by Ian Oland.

We have sad news to report out of Russia today. We can no longer refer to Evgeny Kuznetsov as EK92 because the 2010 Washington Capitals first-round pick has decided to change his jersey number to 84, per Traktor Chelyabinsk’s official website. Traktor has not provided any reasoning behind the decision.

Kuznetsov has always worn #92 with Traktor Chelyabinsk and Russia’s national team. On the junior national team, he wore #25.

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