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#pounditFriday, March 5, 2021

Capitals owner promises huge victory parade

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The Washington Capitals won their first-ever Stanley Cup on Thursday, and owner Ted Leonsis is planning a victory party that will surprise and impress fans.

Leonsis said Thursday night that he anticipates staging an even bigger parade than expectations would dictate.

“I think it’s going to be much bigger than everyone is expecting,” Leonsis said, via Greg Wyshynski of ESPN. “We want to be able to say thank you to people in Virginia and Maryland and Washington, D.C. My goal is to create something that elevates and unites all of the people in our community, so people think happy thoughts about Washington, D.C.

“To be honest, the next couple of weeks are going to be all about the fans, all about the city, all about the players. The amount of respect that the Stanley Cup has … there’s nothing like it in any other sport. We have a lot of work to do. We’ll try to make it very, very family oriented. To make sure it’s not just the players, but it’s the mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters.”

Simply saying it’s the team’s first Stanley Cup doesn’t even cover all the playoff heartbreak over the past decade or so. It’s a well-deserved triumph, and judging by the scenes in D.C. Thursday night, the parade will be a wild one.

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