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Capitals fan follows through, names newborn son after Lord Stanley's Cup

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Capitals fan follows through, names newborn son after Lord Stanley's Cup

The Capitals' Stanley Cup championship celebration is unlikely to ever be topped.

The franchise's first-ever championship and the city's first title in over 25 years was cause for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Those who watched or attended the championship parade will never forget that beautifully raucous June 12 afternoon.

One of the parade's most memorable moments included a female Capitals fan holding a sign stating she would be naming her soon-to-be-born son Stanley. But it wasn't just any Caps fan, but the sister of NBC Sports Washington's very own Ryan Billie, who produces Caps Pregame and Postgame Live, and can be heard on the Capitals Talk Podcast.

On Thursday, Aileen delivered on her promise, delivering a handsome son, named Mateo Stanley.

When the Capitals trailed the Blue Jackets two games to none in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Alex Ovechkin said his team would return home with a 2-2 series tie, and that's what the Caps did.

When Ovechkin proclaimed that the Capitals "will not be suck" before the start of the season, the team backed it up, winning the Stanley Cup.

And when a Caps fan says she will name her son after the Stanley Cup, that's exactly what she does.

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NHL to move to Phase 2 of return to play plan by June 8

NHL to move to Phase 2 of return to play plan by June 8

The NHL will transition to Phase 2 of its return to play plan, the reopening of team facilities for training activities, on June 8, the league announced Thursday.

Since the season was paused on March 12, the league has considered itself to be in Phase 1 of the plan, meaning self-isolation. While the NHL and NHLPA have made progress off the ice towards a return to play negotiating things such as the playoff format, throughout all those talks the league still remained in Phase 1. This is the first concrete step the NHL has taken towards an eventual return to the ice.

"Beginning June 8 â€“ subject to each Club’s satisfaction of all of the requirements set out in the Phase 2 Protocol â€“ Clubs will be permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city to allow players to participate in individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice)," a statement released by the NHL said. "Players will be participating on a voluntary basis and will be scheduled to small groups (i.e., a maximum of six Players at any one time, plus a limited number of Club staff). The various measures set out in the Phase 2 Protocol are intended to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning."

As the statement notes, participation in Phase 2 activities are voluntary and will be limited to six players at a time. 

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Phase 3 of the plan is training camp and, despite Thursday's announcement, we remain far off from that point. According to Pierre LeBrun, the earliest the league would start camps is July 10. Phase 4 is then the resumption of the season.

Presumably, Phase 3 will not start without a date set for when Phase 4. It is hard to believe the NHLPA would agree to an indefinite training camp. Phase 2, however, can begin without any formalized dates for Phases 3 and 4.  So while this is certainly a step towards the return of hockey and a sign that things are improving, all the difficult deciions regarding health and safety protocols as well as a timeline for the eventual 2020 postseason are still yet to be decided.

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Pittsburgh Penguins announce unnamed player tested positive for COVID-19

Pittsburgh Penguins announce unnamed player tested positive for COVID-19

An unnamed player on the Pittsburgh Penguins has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team announced on Thursday.

"This player is not in Pittsburgh and has been in isolation at home since first experiencing symptoms," the statement said. "He is recovered and feeling well. Those in close contact with the player leading up to the diagnosis have been notified." 

The organization stated that there would be no further updates on the player or situation at this time. 

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The Penguins are one of the 24 teams that will participate in the NHL's new playoff format once the season resumes. As of now, training camp for teams will not begin until July 10 at the earliest and there is still no clear timetable for when games will begin.

This announcement does bring up the question as to what the league will do if a positive diagnosis happens once play starts up again. Though NHL deputy commissioner Billy Daly has stated that he doesn't believe one positive test will halt the entire postseason, a plan will need to be put in place for how to handle a player contracting coronavirus.

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