Brett Connolly's NHL career will start anew in Florida with the Panthers thanks to a four-year, $14 million contract.

But before he leaves the Washington Capitals, Connolly expressed his thanks to the organization and to the city for the time he spent in the area.

"Achieving my childhood dream alongside you.. DC and you all (fans) will forever have a special place in my heart," Connolly wrote.

Over the past three seasons, Connolly posted a career high in goals and points last season with 22 and 46, respectively, and won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2018.

He was also a favorite among fans, including one who got a tattoo of Connolly himself getting a tattoo while munching on pizza.