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Former Capitals starting goaltender Jim Carey doesn’t make the list for any of his bizarre habits or tendencies off the ice, because Washington didn’t get to know him long enough to notice them.
Instead, Carey made the cut due to his extremely enigmatic performance during the mid-1990s, while tending the net in D.C.
In the summer of 1996, Carey was arguably the best goaltender in the game, as the Massachusetts native had captured the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender, just one year after earning a berth on the NHL All-Rookie Team.
Following the season, Carey backed up Mike Richter on Team USA's World Cup-winning squad, the young University of Wisconsin product seemed destined for greatness.
Fans of the Capitals were ecstatic, as the team finally seemed to have found its long-term starting netminder.
Unfortunately, the magic didn’t last, and Carey played himself out of the nation’s capital the following season.
He left in a trade that brought back a package which included future Hall of Fame center and current Capitals coach Adam Oates.
From there, Carey fell out of the NHL, and was out of the game completely just two years later.