(For the previous USHL franchise see Madison Capitols (1984-1995)
|League:||United States Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Hartmeyer Ice Arena|
|Colors:||Blue, Sky Blue, Gray, Red, and White|
|Owner(s):|| Tom Garrity (Managing Partner)|
|Head Coach:||Luke Strand|
|Media:||WOZN FM/WOZN (AM)|
The Madison Capitols are a Tier I Junior A ice hockey team that plays in the Eastern Conference of the United States Hockey League. Founded in 2014, the team plays its home games at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The team is owned by Tom Garrity (Managing Partner), Tom Sagissor and Ryan Suter.
Madison Capitols (2014–present) Edit
On November 26, 2013, the management of Madtown Hockey, LLC announced that the Madison Capitols would be returning to Madison in the 2014-2015 season. Ryan Suter, defenseman for the Minnesota Wild and Tom Sagissor, a former Wisconsin Badger would join the ownership group. It was also announced that the Madison Capitols would play at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.
On May 22, 2014, Eau Claire native Luke Strand was formally introduced as the Madison Capitols head coach and general manager. He was joined on the bench by fellow Eau Claire native Keith Paulsen and longtime NHL veteran and Stanley Cup Champion Tony Hrkac.
Following the tragic passing of Bob Suter in September, the Capitols honored the lifelong Madison native and gold medalist with stickers on team helmets, a #20 banner inside the Coliseum, and the ice rink named in his honor (Bob Suter Memorial Rink).
The Capitols began their first season back in the USHL on September 27, 2014, a 4-3 loss at Muskegon. Sauk City, Wis. native Luke McElhenie scored the first goal in the new era of the Capitols. McElhenie previously played for Bob Suter & the Madison Capitols AAA program.
Madison picked up its first victory in its return to the USHL on October 24, defeating the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-1.
On July 28, 2017 the team announced they were moving their home games from Alliant Energy Center to the Hartmeyer Ice Arena for the 2017-18 season. The capacity of their new home is 3,500 as opposed to the 8,000 seats in the Alliant Energy Center
|2014-15||60||24||25||11||-||59||172||212||1193||8th East||Did not qualify|
|2015-16||60||25||27||5||3||58||169||198||892||8th East||Did not qualify|
|2016-17||60||23||32||1||4||51||135||192||851||7th East||Did not qualify|
Notable draft picks Edit
Following the Capitols' return to the USHL in 2014-15, the team acquired defenseman Tyler Nanne from the Sioux Falls Stampede in November. A 2014 draft pick of the New York Rangers, Nanne became the first member of the new edition of the Capitols to have NHL drafted player status.
|Year Drafted||Player Name||Drafted By||Round Drafted|
|2014||Tyler Nanne||New York Rangers||5th round, 142nd overall|
|United States Hockey League|
|East Division||Bloomington Thunder · Cedar Rapids RoughRiders · Chicago Steel · Dubuque Fighting Saints · Green Bay Gamblers · Madison Capitols · Muskegon Lumberjacks · US National Team Development Program · Youngstown Phantoms|
|West Division||Des Moines Buccaneers · Fargo Force · Lincoln Stars · Omaha Lancers · Sioux City Musketeers · Sioux Falls Stampede · Tri-City Storm · Waterloo Black Hawks|
|Related articles: Clark Cup · Anderson Cup · Annual awards · NHL alumni · NHL draftees|