Historical Note of the Day

Many folks probably find it odd that the Capitals are playing in the Southeast Division with the Winnipeg Jets for the upcoming season.  Sure, we can all understand not having enough time to adjust last summer when they moved from Atlanta, but two seasons is definitely odd. 

People may also find it interesting this is not the first time this has happened, either.  It is odd enough that Atlanta is the only U.S. city to lose two major professional sports franchises to Canada, and it is even odder that Atlanta is the only city to lose two NHL franchises.  In 1979-80, the Atlanta Flames and Washington Capitals were moved into the Patrick Division together.   The very next season, the Flames moved to Calgary, but they remained in the Patrick Division with the Capitals for the 1980-81 season.   They moved to a new division in 1981-82. 

People may also find it odd that the Capitals’ first division, the Norris Division, was not arranged by geography at all.  In fact, the Capitals shared that division with the Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, and Pittsburgh Penguins from 1974-75 through 1978-79.  So much for geography.