Al Koken with play-by-play announcer Mike Fornes during the 1984-85 season. (Via Comcast SportsNet)

The Capitals aren’t the only ones celebrating a milestone hockey anniversary in D.C. this season. Al Koken has covered the Capitals since their inaugural season in 1974-75, including the last 30 seasons for Home Team Sports and its successor, Comcast SportsNet. The network will honor Koken when the Capitals host the Flyers on Sunday at 3 p.m.

During the broadcast, Koken will be featured in each of the four roles he has served throughout his three decades with the network. In the first period, he will work as the game analyst, his position for six seasons beginning in 1984. In the second period, Koken will transition to play-by-play announcer, a position he held during the 1995-96 season. Koken will assume his most familiar role as in-game reporter during the third period before hosting “Capitals Postgame Live” after the game.

Guests and segments commemorating “Smokin’ Al’s” tenure with Comcast SportsNet will be featured throughout the broadcast. Prior to joining HTS, Koken covered the Capitals as a reporter with UPI. He has also worked as an anchor and reporter at WTTG and WUSA and as a radio host for WTEM and WTOP.


(Via 1995-96 Capitals Media Guide)