Everyone loves the Caps. Everyone's ecsatic that they won the Stanley Cup. But do you know what's even better?
The Caps dads lifting their kids to touch the cup, or even sit in it.
The median age of the Capitals roster this year was just over 28 years old. In the last few years, throughout Trotz's time in DC, many of the team members have gotten married, settled down, or even welcomed children into their family.
Even for those who either find themselves new to town or who opt to stay focused on their game, many have strong family ties and invited relatives out to Vegas to watch Game 5. The result is a plethora of delightful celebrations with kids, siblings, parents, grandmas, and more. Here's our roundup of some of the best.
To start us off, Nicklas Backstrom placed his 1-year-old son Vince inside the bowl of the Stanley Cup. Vince's red shoes coordinate perfectly with his Caps jersey.
Bäckström Jr. pic.twitter.com/Aa2bfni51q— Uffe Bodin (@UffeBodin) June 8, 2018
Here's their whole ridiculously photogenic family, as well as the extended Swede family of Backstrom, Burakovsky, and Djoos.
The happy Backstrom's pic.twitter.com/HxYrFnsjJZ— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 8, 2018
Help me pic.twitter.com/dgg2kQbhrf— catie (@umm_catie) June 8, 2018
Meanwhile, John and Gina Carlson, as well as their sons Lucca and Rudy, convened for hugs and lifts. Look at this joyful family squish! Look at those curls!
Carlson family. pic.twitter.com/ARqAYQ6hPc— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) June 8, 2018
In the same vein of family ties, TJ Oshie embraced his father before tearfully speaking in an interview about watching his dad struggle through Alzheimer's.
Oshie and his dad, Tim. Sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000 words. pic.twitter.com/BiGQ1c0EAm— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 8, 2018
Oshie's daughters, Lyla and Leni, also stole the show. Their hairbow and jersey coordination may be the best street style you see today.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, who put up over 30 points as one of the Caps' core players in this postseason, shared an emotional moment with his wife and daughter. And we saw more hairbows! Maybe they're on to something...
Next up is Jay Beagle, who had several family members present for the win. That's one way to take a great photo for your holiday card!
Jay Beagle and his family pic.twitter.com/bR9ITS2QE8— Erin Hawksworth (@ErinHawksworth) June 8, 2018
Beagle. pic.twitter.com/fzsgYmGMVG— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) June 8, 2018
Braden Holtby, whose phenomenal performance laid the foundation for the Caps' deep postseason run, was greeted by his mother Tami, his wife Brandi, and his children. Try to watch this and not tear up, I dare you.
Here's a blurry Holtby selfie for the history books.
Some Holtby family time pic.twitter.com/XhhANPdhfG— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 8, 2018
Phillip Grubauer, the Caps' backup, posed for photos with his parents and partner.
Philipp Grubauer in tears during our interview. Said winning it all doesn't even feel real. pic.twitter.com/b7o3EC5GHa— Mike Ashmore (@mashmore98) June 8, 2018
Lastly, but certainly not least, we have a Smith-Pelly family embrace. Smiles all around.
Smith-Pelly family embrace pic.twitter.com/rlWBzo3xru— Sean Leahy (@Sean_Leahy) June 8, 2018
Looking forward to more photos of families, dogs, and babies in the Cup this offseason!
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