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Ted Leonsis



    He's the man with the plan (and the tan).

    Ted Leonsis is the owner of the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics, is an avid blogger and prides himself on personally responding to those who take the time to e-mail him about his teams.  He's an up-front owner who actually listens to his fan base -- a rarity in this town.

    Leonsis is at least partly to thank for the Capitals' recent turnaround.  He gave up trying to win a Stanley Cup via the aging veteran route after his signing of Jaromir Jagr to the largest contract in NHL history bit him in his pinstriped dress pants.  Instead, he focused his franchise's attention to building a winner through the draft.

    It didn't hurt that Alex Ovechkin was available when the Caps had the No. 1 overall pick in 2004. Two years later the Caps added Nicklas Backstrom in the first round (along with Semyon Varlamov), paving the way for the Caps to become one of the top teams in NHL.

    Leonsis Talks Stanley Cup Over Chicken Parm

    [DC] Leonsis Talks Stanley Cup Over Chicken Parm
    Capitals owner Ted Leonsis talks about how important a Stanley Cup is to him as an owner and Alex Ovechkin as one of the NHL's greats.
    (Published Tuesday, April 28, 2009)

    Leonsis hopes his draft success with the Caps will carry over to the Wiz.  He already has John Wall, who fell into the Wizards' lap after the team won the draft lottery in 2010.  But can the team's future success be built through the draft?  The NBA is a much different monster than the NHL.  Just ask the Miami Heat.

    Outside the arena, Leonsis publishes books on happiness, is an accomplished businessman and is the former vice president of AOL (and had the forever-cool and simplistic e-mail address of ted@aol.com).  Now he's big into startups like Snagfilms.com and charities like Street Soccer USA.

    Heck, Leonsis has even dabbled in politics.  Few know that he was once the mayor of Orchid, Fla.  

    Is there anything he can't do?