Slapshot is our nation’s mascot and the official mascot of the Washington Capitals. He dances for the fans and flies up and down the ice before the games. He’s just as important to the Caps as the players on the ice.
Listed as six foot three but three feet higher on skates, he weighs as light as a feather. He was born on June 20, 1782 with his first landing coming in 1995. Naturally, his favorite movie is Slapshot.
Slapshot loves to usually don a Capitals jersey with the number 00 but if it’s a special theme night you’ll usually see him dress for the occasion. He isn’t afraid to rally the fans, sometimes banging a drum to rile up the crowd and chant “Let’s Go Caps” when a game gets intense in the third period.
Slapshot also loves to come out and fire up the crowd when the players take the ice for introductions. He also isn’t afraid to pose for pictures with the fans, just ask nicely. Want to learn more facts about our nation’s mascot? Let’s fire it up!
When did Slapshot debut for the Capitals?
Slapshot was unveiled on Nov. 17, 1995.
Who was the Capitals mascot before Slapshot?
Winter was the first mascot of the Capitals before Slapshot but sometimes appears on occasion. He is Slapshot’s big brother and was the Caps mascot from 1993-1995.
What is the inspiration behind Slapshot’s look?
Stephanie Williams, a fifth grader from Fairfax Station, VA, won a naming contest for the new mascot.
Is Slapshot on Twitter?
Yes, he is! Follow Slapshot here: @Caps_Slapshot.
Is Slapshot on Instagram?
Yes, he is! Follow Slapshot here:@Caps_Slapshot.
What has Slapshot’s reception been since his debut?
Slapshot has been a hit among the DMV community. He often appears at special events and even sends special grams for Valentine’s Day. He’s a one of a kind mascot and while he isn’t as flashy as Gritty, he’s got a special character to him and we’re lucky to have him.
What is Slapshot’s lore and backstory?
Slapshot was the original model for the Great Seal of the United States of America which made him an instant celebrity from the moment he skated around. Slapshot has performed across the country making hundreds of appearances across the DMV. He enjoys helping others and the DC community and he is soaring at charity fundraisers, community festivals and parades throughout the area.