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The very best of Capitals players celebrating with the Stanley Cup

The very best of Capitals players celebrating with the Stanley Cup

For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions, and boy are they partying like every day is a championship.

The Capitals now get to spend the Summer of 2018 celebrating with their new trophy wherever they want and (almost) whenever they want.

Want to relive the Capitals wild celebration?

here is the best of the best.

The festivities kicked off with the Caps parading around MGM Resort in Las Vegas, following the Cup-clinching victory in Gam3 5, and reminding those in attendance of Vegas' failed #nocaps Twitter campaign.

The Caps then headed to a nearby nightclub to party with DJ Tiesto, hoisting the cup to the beat of the music.

Of course, what do you do with a giant Cup? Drink out of it!

The Caps returned home to Washington, D.C. Friday where they were greeted by members of the media at Dulles Airport before heading to a private team party at Don Tito in Arlington, Virginia.

Fans quickly realized where the Caps were and made their way to the streets below the Don Tito rooftop, where the Caps took turns hoisting the Cup on the roof.

Ovi was kind enough to give the fans gathered inside Don Tito's second floor a look at the Cup, where cheers of "Ovi, Ovi, Ovi!" rang out.

The next day, the Washington Nationals invited Ovechkin to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and he did not disappoint.

The Caps were only scheduled to stay for the first inning but stayed until the very end because free beer of course.

Ovi enjoyed his time in the spotlight so much, he didn't want to stop hoisting that Cup.

Washington Nationals reporter Dan Kolko headed up to the Caps' suite to get some interviews. They decided to chug beers and sing "We Are the Champions" instead.

More beer chugging. This time T.J. Oshie takes his shirt off and chugs a beer through the shirt over his face.

Once the Nats won and someone told Ovi and the boys it was time to leave, they took the Cup with them to Georgetown Waterfront.

Ovi did a keg stand on the Stanley Cup because why not?

After the keg stand, the boys ran into the fountain, where Ovi, Oshie, and Holtby swam around for a little.

They made some water angels, wrestled and Ovi got a few push-ups in.

And, of course, more beer chugging.

After a 36-hour long bender, the Caps boarded a red taxi with the Cup, to (maybe) get some much-needed sleep.

BUT WAIT. On Andre Burakovsky's Instagram story, he posted a video of him getting a Stanley Cup Champs tattoo! 

Looks like it wasn't just Burakovsky who got tatted up last night... 

The party kept going to St. Yves, a club in downtown Washington

It looked more than *lit*.

The good news is that it looks like Ovi finally got some rest.

Sunday, Ovi had the boys over to grill out at his house, where Orlov broke out his double bottle of red from the Caps' 2015 Winter Classic against the Blackhawks. Guess he was saving it for a special occasion.

Chugging out of the Cup. Singing to a bar full of people. Yep, sounds about right.

Stay tuned for more Caps' Cup celebrations to come!

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Capitals service dog Captain wins Sports Dog of the Year

Capitals service dog Captain wins Sports Dog of the Year

As if any other candidate would even come close, Captain was named Sports Dog of the Year on Friday afternoon.

The four-legged phenom has been everywhere this fall, making his presence felt all over the DMV, and his popularity has extended nationwide.

Captain doesn't take days off and is always ready to have some fun.

He was there to maintain the peace during the biggest shopping day of the year and he made sure your Cyber Monday gifts arrived on time. 

He inspires greatness and has been a driving force behind the Mystics' WNBA Title as well as the Nationals' World Series victory.

He knows when its time to put in the work as well. He's always on time for meetings, and he has never missed a practice.

He's preparing to assist a Veteran or First Responder one day, and he's already making progress.

And he's always ready to celebrate.

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D.C. youth coaching legend Neal Henderson gets his due with U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction

D.C. youth coaching legend Neal Henderson gets his due with U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction

WASHINGTON — For 40 years Neal Henderson has given underprivileged kids the chance to play hockey at Fort Dupont Ice Arena.

On Thursday, Henderson was honored for his life’s work with induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Henderson was inducted along with NHL greats Tim Thomas and Brian Gionta, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and U.S. Olympian Krissy Wendell. He heard kind words spoken about his program, the Fort Dupont Cannons, from the likes of Bettman, Alex Ovechkin and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and also received a video tribute. 

It’s been quite a week for Henderson, who drew a sustained ovation from the crowd at Tuesday’s Capitals-Boston Bruins game when acknowledged on the big video board at Capital One Arena. 

“It’s amazing. Something I never believed I could be a part of,” Henderson said. “It’s the zenith of my life other than being married and having a son. I’ve enjoyed what I have done. I didn’t do it for the reasons of being here. I did it for the love of kids and the parents who trusted me with their children.”  

Henderson said he “became completely numb” when he got the phone call learning he’d be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The Cannons developmental program, based at Fort Dupont, is designed to help local underprivileged kids play an expensive sport that is out of reach for many. Fort Dupont features the oldest minority hockey league in North America. 

It’s not a route to the NHL. But Henderson has helped kids play high school and college hockey, passing on the lessons he’s learned over decades: That hard work and character matter. That education is crucial. He believes hockey helps forge those traits. The Cannons give kids a chance to travel to other cities to play games. They were an integral part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone campaign, which seeks to broaden the sport, make it more inclusive, help better communities.

A clip showed during Ovechkin’s tribute video after being named the Wayne Gretzky International Award recipient at Thursday’s induction dinner, showed the Stanley Cup at Fort Dupont with the Cannons. That was Ovechkin’s idea, according to Leonsis.

“I asked Alex ‘Where do you want to go?’ He said ‘I want to see kids at Georgetown Cancer Center.” And we went there. And then he wanted to pay homage to Coach Neal,” Leonsis said. “And so we went to Fort Dupont. It’s great that he’s here.”

Henderson said he hoped his induction would help encourage more people of color to embrace hockey. He started the program in the late 1970s thinking he’d simply get his son through the program, which works with kids ages 8 to 18. But he just kept going – in part because kids kept coming to the Cannons and in part because he just couldn’t refuse them. Decades later he’s still here working with them. 

“A lot of people don’t feel that they have the opportunity when it’s right at their back door,” Henderson said. “If they take just one more step they’ll find that there are people out there that’s willing to help them. All you have to do is be there willing to make sure they get the chance.”

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