- The Washington Times - Friday, November 22, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

LANGWAY NIGHT: The Washington Capitals play host to Atlanta tomorrow night and before the game will honor Rod Langway, the long-time Caps defenseman and captain who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Langway will receive gifts from management, players and fans. A commemorative poster will be handed out, there will be a special video presentation and a dasherboard featuring the player's name and No.5.
Langway is widely given credit for building the base that kept the Caps in Washington at a time when there were discussions about moving because of eight years of losing and rapidly dwindling attendance at Capital Centre.
Langway, who had established a reputation as a fearsome brawler before he got to Montreal and eventually Washington, quickly let his teammates know he would not stand for shoddy performances. Players who did not perform up to a standard he considered appropriate for that player had to face Langway in the dressing room between periods. The fear of that confrontation itself was probably worth 10 wins a season.
JUST IN TIME: Now that former Caps goalie Byron Dafoe has settled on Atlanta as a team to play for, it figures that the Thrashers' next opponent would be Washington. Dafoe was taken by the Caps in the same draft (1989) as Olie Kolzig, the latter first and Dafoe second. The two goalies remain close friends off the ice.
Dafoe has a lifetime record of 7-5-5 and a 2.11 GAA vs. the Caps, and was part of that all-hands brawl several years ago where even the two goalies faced off, leading to the ejection of all 12 players on the ice. Chances are, however, Dafoe will need time to get into playing shape and won't be ready tomorrow night.
Dave Fay



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