This patch was worn in memoriam of Jack Button, who had been the Capitals' Director of Player Personnel and Recruitment since 1979. The patch was worn the entire 1996/1997 season on the home white jerseys; a version with an outer blue border was worn on the road blue jerseys. As Director of Player Personnel with the Capitals, Jack was responsible for bringing a number of talented hockey players over from Europe including Michal Pivonka and Peter Bondra.