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Ovechkin, Capitals unveil Winter Classic uniforms on warm start-of-fall day at Nationals Park

  • Washington Capitals hockey captain Alex Ovechkin, center, flanked by teammates Braden Holtby, left, and Nicklas Backstrom, of Sweden, right, pose for a photo wearing the teams uniform for the 2015 Bridgestone Winter Classic hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during an unveiling at Nationals Park in Washington. The Capitals will Play the Chicago Blackhawks in the game that will be played New Years Day.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Washington Capitals hockey captain Alex Ovechkin, center, flanked by teammates Braden Holtby, left, and Nicklas Backstrom, of Sweden, right, pose for a photo wearing the teams uniform for the 2015 Bridgestone Winter Classic hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during an unveiling at Nationals Park in Washington. The Capitals will Play the Chicago Blackhawks in the game that will be played New Years Day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  (The Associated Press)

  • An outline for a hockey rink is shown on the field at Nationals Park in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, where the 2015 Bridgestone WInter Classic hockey game will be played on Jan. 1, 2015, during the unveiling of the Washington Capitals uniforms. The Washington Capitals will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the game that will be played New Years Day at Nationals Park.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    An outline for a hockey rink is shown on the field at Nationals Park in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, where the 2015 Bridgestone WInter Classic hockey game will be played on Jan. 1, 2015, during the unveiling of the Washington Capitals uniforms. The Washington Capitals will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the game that will be played New Years Day at Nationals Park. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals hockey captain Alex Ovechkin, of Russia,  stands on the field wearing the team's uniform for the 2015 Bridgestone WInter Classic hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during an unveiling of the uniform at Nationals Park in Washington. The Capitals will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the game that will be played New Years Day at Nationals Park.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Washington Capitals hockey captain Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, stands on the field wearing the team's uniform for the 2015 Bridgestone WInter Classic hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during an unveiling of the uniform at Nationals Park in Washington. The Capitals will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the game that will be played New Years Day at Nationals Park. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  (The Associated Press)

With Alex Ovechkin wearing flip-flops and a borrowed pair of baseball pants on a warm start-of-autumn day, the Washington Capitals have unveiled the uniforms they'll wear when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL's Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Nationals Park.

At a news conference Tuesday at the baseball stadium, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he lobbied NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman from the moment the puck dropped for the first Winter Classic, in 2008.

Leonsis says that "for hockey in Washington, D.C., it's a big moment" to finally host the New Year's Day game.

Hockey nets and the outline of a rink were set up across the back of the dirt diamond and the shallow outfield grass where the NL East Nationals play their home games.