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Strome Holds Capitals ‘W’ Jersey Close To Heart: ‘Special Meaning’



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ARLINGTON, V.A. — On Monday, Washington Capitals center Dylan Strome got to wear the blue “W” third jersey for the first time. For him, it holds a deeper meaning that goes beyond the game.

No. 17 has worn a plethora of sweaters over the course of his career with the Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Capitals and more, and though he won’t pick a favorite — he is a big fan of the Blackhawks’ primary sweater — he immediately took a liking to the Capitals alternate sweaters, which will be worn nine more times at home this season.

“I love that jersey. Love that jersey with the W,” Strome explained. “‘W’ has a special meaning for my family.”

Strome and his wife, Tayler, have a daughter, Weslie, who is one and a half years old. They also had a golden retriever named Wrigley, who passed away in April after complications following surgery.

So, wearing that jersey, the 25-year-old feels that he is representing his new club and his family. And for Strome, it was only fitting that he scored his first goal with the club while wearing the “W” jersey on Monday. He said Wrigley was watching over him as he and the Capitals rallied for a 6-4 comeback victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

“He was looking down on me last night and got me that goal,” Strome said.

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Strome has been excellent to open the 2022-23 campaign. He has looked good in the Nicklas Backstrom spot and has four points in four games to kick off his D.C. tenure. Three of his points have come on the power play, which has finally started to click.

On Tuesday, Strome got to try out another uniform as the team broke in its new Reverse Retro gear. Strome hasn’t seen the jersey yet, but it is likely to be the team’s screaming eagle jersey in black, copper and blue.