There's class and then there is what the Washington Capitals did while celebrating their first Stanley Cup.
On the day they are taking to the streets of D.C. with a championship parade, the Capitals took out a full-page ad in the Las Vegas Review-Journal commemorating their Stanley Cup Final opponent the Vegas Golden Knights:
”CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
On the most successful inaugural season in the history of professional sports.
World class ownership, front office, coaching staff, and people.
A magnificent team of talented, hard-working players and starts.
A fantastic venue with passionate, loud and proud fans.
It was an honor to compete against you in the Stanley Cup Final.
You are truly VEGAS STRONG.”
As an expansion team playing in their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights were not expected to contend, let alone make the Stanley Cup Final. In their first season, the Golden Knights tallied 109 points in the regular-season and stormed through the Western Conference Playoffs, before bowing out to the Capitals in five games.
Stanley Cup title or not, the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural season was unprecedented and historic. Based on their classy gesture, the Capitals agree.
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