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.
The Washington Capitals found themselves in an all too familiar situation just two games into the postseason this year, but their coach insists they never once let doubt creep in.
The Capitals, who had reached the playoffs in 10 of the last 11 years, kicked off their 2018 Stanley Cup run by losing consecutive overtime home games to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Many felt their season was over right then, but head coach Barry Trotz says he and Alex Ovechkin predicted a championship after they fell down 0-2.
Washington had never won a championship in franchise history, and their Stanley Cup title is the first championship for a major DC sports team since 1992. Their fans had been expecting Ovechkin to deliver a Stanley Cup for years, and he finally came through by winning four straight games against the Las Vegas Golden Knights after yet another 0-1 start to a series.
You could tell by Ovechkin’s inappropriate but awesome reaction to Thursday’s win that this was a long time coming. Lesser teams would have never been able to fight back after losing two home games in heartbreaking fashion to begin the playoffs.
Upon winning major sports championships, one of the most commonly asked questions these days is whether or not the team will visit the White House to be honored. What used to be mostly a formality has become a divisive issue under the current administration.
For now, we know that at least one member of the Washington Capitals is not planning to attend if the team is invited.
The Capitals captured the franchise’s first Stanley Cup on Thursday. While an invitation to visit the White House has not yet been extended by President Donald Trump, Caps winger Devante Smith-Pelly has already said he would not attend.
“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Smith-Pelly said this week, via NBC Washington. “Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross. I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with. It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up.”
This issued received tremendous coverage during the week. The President cancelled the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit after receiving word that the team would only send a small group to attend. Additionally, LeBron James said neither the Cleveland Cavaliers nor Golden State Warriors would visit the White House after the conclusion of the NBA Finals. Smith-Pelly seems to echo James’ sentiments.
Winning the Stanley Cup comes with its perks. It didn’t take the Washington Capitals long to learn that.
As they skated around the rink at T-Mobile Arena following their first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history, the Caps noticed that one female fan in the front row was flashing them up against the glass (video has some nudity).
Andre Burakovsky appeared to notice it first and pointed the fan out to many of his teammates.
Caps fans were thrilled. Not only was this the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, but it was also the first championship for a major DC sports team since 1992. They had a lot of good reasons to go wild.
Bryce Harper sent his congratulations to the Washington Capitals after they won their first Stanley Cup.
Harper was put into a conflicting situation during the Cup Finals due to his split allegiances. Harper is a Las Vegas native, so finally having a major pro sports team to call his own turned him into a fan of the team. But he’s also a star for the Washington Nationals, so he also wanted to support the local team and not alienate his fans.
Though he was disappointed with Vegas’ loss, Harper still congratulated both teams.
Harper actually took some heat from the local fans after he wore Golden Knights apparel to a Caps home game in the Finals. But now that the series is over, he’s ready to get his Caps colors going.
Washington Capitals fans celebrated well into the night after their team on Thursday captured their first Stanley Cup.
Thanks to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5, the Capitals hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. At the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Alexander Ovechkin celebrated in an inappropriate but awesome fashion. Back in D.C., the scene was bedlam.
Thousands of fans took to the city’s streets to celebrate. Here’s a sample of what it looked like in the nation’s capital.
The Capitals’ victory marks the first championship for a sports team in the Washington D.C. area since the Washington Redskins won Super Bowl Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.
TJ Oshie had a great quote on Thursday night after his Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup.
Oshie spoke with reporters and noted that his dad, who has Alzheimer’s disease, doesn’t remember much, but he said that this would stick with him.
“He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he doesn’t remember a lot of stuff, but you bet your a– he’s going to remember this one,” Oshie said.
Oshie was also interviewed by NBC Sports’ Jeremy Roenick and gave a cleaner version of the quote.
Oshie finished the postseason with 21 points. His third season with the Caps turned out to be the best and has ended with a Stanley Cup.
Now that the business part has been taken care of, Alex Ovechkin is moving on to the partying.
Ovechkin had some advice for Washington Capitals fans after his team won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history Thursday night. The Capitals captain was interviewed by SportsNet and asked what he would say to Caps fans.
He told them to “get some beers” and start celebrating.
You gotta love Ovechkin. This was his moment and he owned it. Fans also appreciated his inappropriate but awesome reaction to winning the Cup.
Alex Ovechkin finally won his first Stanley Cup, and his awesome reaction was noted by many.
As his Washington Capitals won the Cup by beating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Cup Finals, NBC cameras showed Ovechkin blurt out “Oh my f—ing god!”
The Capitals’ captain was going nuts after winning and celebrated with all his teammates.
He’s waited over a decade for this moment. It was all well-earned and very well-deserved.
One thing we knew entering the Stanley Cup Finals was that the outcome would yield the first Cup victory for either franchise. This time around, it’s the team that’s been waiting much longer to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup that prevailed.
The Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history — a history that began in 1974 — when they beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. They won the series in five games, a big turnaround from the last time they made the Cup Finals and got swept by the Red Wings in 1998.
Alex Ovechkin, who has been a star for the franchise for 13 seasons, finally got the monkey off his back with his first Stanley Cup win.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the huge sports moment: