Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center, addressed members of the Ballston business community at the Ballston Business Improvement District's 1-year anniversary celebration at the on Thursday.
According to a press statement released by the Ballston Business Improvement District,
"Ballston, home of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, is well positioned to promote its unique community as a premier place to live, work and play. “The goal was to bring a new world-class practice facility much closer to where we play at the Verizon Center and build a fantastic place where young players wanted to come and wanted to live. We wanted to build and activate a sense of community where good things would happen in Ballston,” said Leonsis. 'I’m not sure if we [the Washington Capitals] would be able to keep MVP-caliber players, like [Alex] Ovechkin, without a facility like the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston.'"