Washington Capitals: Most Hated Opposing Players

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Over the years, the Washington Capitals have made more than their fair share of enemies. If you ask any Washington Capitals fan, they’ll tell you that there are certain players who they absolutely CANNOT stand. They’ll rattle off names left and right. Capitals fans are a passionate bunch. If we don’t like you, we’re going to let you know it. 

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Before we begin our list of Washington Capitals fans most hated players, let’s begin our list with some honorable mentions. Here are some retired players who Caps fans will eternally hate.

Washington Capitals Most Hated Opposing Players: Honorable Mentions

First, there’s forward Arron Asham. Washington Capitals fans have two reasons to hate Asham. First, he scored the game-winning goal back in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. That added yet another wound to Caps fans and their already fragile egos. 

The biggest reason to hate him, though? He severely injured Jay Beagle back in 2011 in a completely unnecessary fight. Worst of all? Asham clearly taunted Beagle afterward. The injury caused Beagle to miss most of the season though he did return later in the season.

While he did apologize afterward, I’ll never forget what Asham did. It was completely out of line, and I still hate him for taunting Beagle afterward. And a hex on Kris Letang‘s house for not fighting his battle.

Next, there’s Matt Cooke. Man, do I hate Cooke. Not only was he a failure as a Washington Capitals player, but he was also one of the dirtiest players in the league. The one that I remember the most? That time he tried to injure Alex Ovechkin with a knee to knee hit.

He cleaned up his act, and I respect him for that. But for a lot of Washington Capitals fans, it was too little too late.

Finally, there’s Ray Emery. He fought Braden Holtby for no reason. Need I say more?

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