Washington Capitals: Top 5 team captains of all-time

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Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals have been around for nearly 50 seasons. In that time frame they have been blessed with great team captains throughout their franchise history. These guys were superstars in both the stat sheet and the examples they led both on and off the ice.

From veterans who embraced that role to help the young bucks to others that got thrown into the role but thrived despite it, we’ll take a look at the best of the best. The Caps have had 14 different players don the C patch on their sweater. Let’s take a look at the top 5 Capitals captains who have embraced that responsibility.

Ryan Walter, Washington Capitals (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

#5 Ryan Walter

Coming in at number five on our list is Ryan Walter. He served as captain of the Washington Capitals for three seasons but he was integral in the Caps process for two reasons.

First he helped the Caps become a playoff team. The Caps matured during his time as a captain. He also helped groom Mike Gartner and Bengt-Ake Gustafsson despite being just 21 years old.

Walter was also traded for Rod Langway in 1982 as part of the Save the Caps campaign. It helped the franchise transition into a winner. Also he once beat up Mike Milbury which is pretty cool.

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