Hockey — Washington Capitals

Al Iafrate

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Al Iafrate

BIOGRAPHY Albert Anthony Iafrate (born March 21, 1966) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League between 1984 and 1998. He is perhaps most famous for his extremely hard slap shot. He set a record for velocity during the NHL Skills Competition of 1993, a record which stood for 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3 km/h). The record was broken in 2009 by Zdeno Chára of the Boston Bruins with a slap shot at 105.4 mph in Montreal. Iafrate was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and grew up in Livonia, Michigan.Playing careerIafrate...

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Byron Dafoe

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Byron Dafoe

BIOGRAPHY Byron Jaromir Dafoe (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian former National Hockey League goaltender. He was born in Worthing, England, United Kingdom and moved to Comox, British Columbia with his mother at the age of two months old. Between 1992 and 2004, he played for the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers. Playing careerDafoe was drafted 35th overall in the 2nd round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, and made his NHL debut in the 1992-93 season. Dafoe also played for the Capitals in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. In 1995,...

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Chris Valentine

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Chris Valentine

BIOGRAPHY Christopher William Valentine (born December 6, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach.BioBorn in Belleville, Ontario and raised in Kanata, Ontario, Valentine began his hockey career in 1978 at St. Louis University before moving to the QMJHL's Sorel Black Hawks. He was selected in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft in the tenth round by the Washington Capitals. Starting with the 1981–82 NHL season he played for the Capitals and their farm team, the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League. He played 105 NHL games, all with the Capitals, during his career.As a free agent...

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Dennis Maruk

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Dennis Maruk

BIOGRAPHY Dennis John Maruk (born November 17, 1955) is a retired Ukrainian-Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1975 to 1989, scoring a career high 60 goals for the Washington Capitals in 1981–82. CareerMaruk played junior "A" hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the London Knights before he was drafted in 1975 by the California Golden Seals. While with the Seals, he became the first NHL rookie to score five shorthanded goals in a season. Maruk followed the franchise when it relocated to Cleveland to become the Cleveland Barons a year later.Maruk's...

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