- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 24, 2002

Rod Langway, who personified the stay-at-home defenseman, was honored by fans, players and Washington Capitals management before last night's game against Atlanta.
"Thank you for the ride," Langway, flanked by his family, told the receptive MCI Center crowd.
Tributes from former teammates and friends throughout the hockey world were shown on the Jumbotron, including one by David Poile, the former Caps general manager who brought Langway to Washington from Montreal in the fall of 1982.
"You were the reason we had success in Washington." said Poile, now the Nashville Predators' GM. "You can play for my team any day."
It was the third time recently the Caps' strong, hockey-smart retired Secretary of Defense has been honored. On Nov.4, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and before that was honored by the University of New Hampshire, which he attended on a football scholarship.
Team owner Ted Leonsis, wearing a Langway No.5 jersey, and club president Dick Patrick represented the Caps. Craig Laughlin, part of the trade that brought Langway to the Caps and now a team broadcaster, was master of ceremonies.
Sons Tucker and Drew and daughter Nicole were flown to Washington for the ceremony. Langway, wife Theresa, daughter Mya, 7 months, and more than 30 friends also were on hand.
Langway was given a Rolex watch by the players and large collection of good wishes from fans. The club gave him Tiffany cufflinks, a specially commissioned portrait of the defenseman at various stages of his career and an all-expenses paid trip to the Atlantic resort in the Bahamas.
The Caps never made the playoffs until Langway arrived and began his 11-season stay. He twice won the Norris Trophy, awarded annually to the best defenseman in the league. He is the only Cap to win the honor.



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