Where Are They Now? 1998 Washington Capitals.

Ever wonder what happened to the 1998 Stanley Cup finalist Washington Capitals roster? Read on to find out!

A couple of weeks ago, I looked back at the 2001 Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche and where the players on that roster were today.

The crew at The Face Off Hockey Show asked if I could do the same thing for the 1998 Washington Capitals, who went to the Stanley Cup Final for the first (and thus far, only) time in franchise history.

So, where are the members of that Capitals roster today?

Goaltenders.

Olaf Kolzig – Retired after 16 NHL season in 2009, fifteen of those spent with the Capitals, holds most of the team’s goaltending records. Currently employed as their goalie coach.

Bill Ranford – Following stops in Tampa Bay and Detroit, the 1990 Conn Smythe winner retired in 2000. Goaltending coach for the Los Angeles Kings.

Defensemen.

Sergei Gonchar – During his tenth season with the Capitals, was dealt to Boston in 2004. Won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009. Currently plays for the Ottawa Senators, and is the only active NHL player from the ’98 Caps roster.

Phil Housley – Retired following 2002-03 season with 1,232 points. Inducted into US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, and Buffalo Sabres HOF in 2007. Coaches high school hockey in Minnesota.

Calle Johansson – Retired following the 2002-03 season, returned for 12 games (8 regular season, 4 playoff) with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004, retired for good after that. Now an assistant coach for Frolunda HC of the Swedish Elite League.

Joe Reekie – played most of three more seasons with Washington, retired in 2002. Post-game analyst for the Capitals on Comcast SportsNet.

Mark Tinordi – Selected by Atlanta Thrashers in 1999 expansion draft but retired without suiting up for the team. Coach of the Washington Junior Nationals, as well as Director of their College Development Program.

Jeff Brown – Retired following the 1998 playoffs due to lingering effects from a concussion. Head coach for the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL.

Brendan Witt – His last NHL season was 2009-10. Was bought out of the remainder of his contract by the NY Islanders in August 2010. Has yet to announce his retirement

Ken Klee – Spent nine of his 14 seasons with the Capitals, retired in 2009.

Forwards.

Peter Bondra – Retired on October 29, 2007 and holds several team offensive records, including most career goals and points. Currently the general manager of the Slovak National Team.

Adam Oates – Retired 2004, after 19 NHL seasons, with 1, 420 points, and sixth all time in NHL assists with 1, 079. Currently an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.

Joe Juneau – retired following 2003-04 season. Became a partner and account manager at Harfan Technologies. Now heads a hockey program for Inuit youth in Northern Quebec, which has earned numerous plaudits.

Brian Bellows – Retired following the 1998-99 season.

Dale Hunter – Played one more season and retired in 1999. Has second most career penalty minutes in NHL history. Head coach and co-owner of the OHL’s London Knights.

Andrei Nikolishin – Last NHL season was 2003-04, continued to play in Russia for Traktor Chelyabinsk to 2010-11.

Richard Zednik – Last NHL season was 2008-09. Played one season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, and last season with AIK IF in the SEL. Currently without a contract.

Esa Tikkanen – Final NHL season was 1998-99 with NY Rangers, retired in 2005 following three seasons in various European leagues. Was named head coach of Finnish team Jokipojat in 2010.

Michal Pivonka – Played one more season with Capitals, retired after spending the 1999-2000 season in the IHL. Currently hold the team record for career assists (418).

Todd Krygier. The 1997-98 season was his last in the NHL. Retired in 2000 after two seasons in the minors. Currently coaches mite and high school hockey in Michigan, and is a State Farm agent.

Mike Eagles – Retired in 2000 after 16 NHL seasons. Coaches the St. Thomas University (New Brunswick) men’s hockey team.

Craig Berube – Final NHL season was 2002-03, retired after one season in the AHL in 2004. Now an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chris Simon – Final NHL season was 2007-08, now plays in the KHL.

Kelly Miller – Played only one more NHL season. Retired in 1999. Assistant coach of the MSU hockey team.

Jaroslav Svejkovsky – Played parts of the next two seasons with the Capitals and Lightning. Retired in 2001 due to post-concussion symptoms. Currently coaching in the South Delta (BC)Minor Hockey Association.

Jeff Toms. – Final NHL season was 2002-03, spent the past eight seasons playing in Switzerland.

8 Comments

  1. This is a great little feature. Should do it for all sorts of different teams and years.

  2. I enjoyed this as well. Should make it a weekly feature Lyle! :)

  3. I’m thinking about doing that, Poultsy, if not weekly, then regularly, maybe two or three times per month.

  4. Very interesting Lyle. Maybe also inform us if the coach is still active in the NHL.

  5. Silly me! That would be Ron Wilson, the current coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The GM remains George McPhee.

  6. Boy that Oates was great. I remember oates-janney-neely

  7. Agreed. Only a couple of entries into this string and I am already looking forward to the next ones to be done. Great idea!

  8. Jed, I think that your memory might be failing you, the B’s traded Janney to the Blues for Oates. They never played together.