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Ranking the five best quotes from the Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup championship parade

Ranking the five best quotes from the Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup championship parade

The Washington Capitals' 2018 Stanley Cup championship parade was as entertaining as it was beautiful.

The perfect backdrop for a championship parade with the perfect weather and the perfect team to celebrate with.

The entire day was filled with the splendors of civic pride, culminating in a boisterous rally on the National Mall.

While the scenes from the parade were great, the player speeches were even better.

For the first time in franchise history, the Capitals got to address their fans as Stanley Cup champions.

And in case you missed it, the speeches were incredible. Here are the best quotes.

5. Barry Trotz: "We're gonna do it again."

Naturally, the head coach of the team is going to say this. But it's been a long time coming for Trotz, who spoke with sincerity and emotion.

4. TJ Oshie: "Back-to-back! Back-to-back!"

There's only one NHL team that can go back-to-back this season, and that team is the Washington Capitals.

 

3. Tom Wilson: "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but we brought the cup home!"

Cliches are cliches for a reason, and this one makes perfect sense to use here, especially with a little twist at the end. 

2. Evgeny Kuznetsov: "Lets f— this s—!"

This speech started off so nice. It was genuine. Kuzy acknowledged that the Capitals wouldn't be Stanley Cup champions without their fans, family and parents and then seemingly ran out of words. What do you do when you run out of words in front of about 100,000 people? Curse into the mic of course! 

 

1. Alex Ovechkin: "We not gonna be f—ing suck this year!"

He's been waiting all year to say it. He added an f-bomb to it this time, for extra emphasis perhaps, but it was the perfect moment that captured both the frustration of not winning the cup for his whole career with the pure joy of finally getting the job done. The only thing that would have made the moment better would have been if he could have dropkicked the podium while he hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head. 

 

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Alex Ovechkin's first speech as a Stanley Cup champion did not 'suck'

Alex Ovechkin's first speech as a Stanley Cup champion did not 'suck'

It has been 13 years, but the time finally came for one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history.

The near four hour long celebration was building up to the moment everyone was waiting for and what Alex Ovechkin has been waiting his entire career to do: address the nation's capital as a Stanley Cup champion.

It seemed like the day would never come, but in front of tens of thousands of fans, Ovechkin finally got his opportunity. 

The Conn Smythe winner kept it simple. He thanked the fans calling them "babes" before laughing. Then he led them and the team in a "We are the Champions" sing-a-long. But right when everyone thought his speech was over and the next song began playing, Ovechkin went right back to the podium.

And his next words? "We're not going to be f—ing suck this year! We're Stanley Cup champions!"

That statement references what Ovechkin told reporters before the season. It was expected that the Capitals would struggle during the 2017-18 season. Outlining his goal for the year, Ovechkin went against those expectations, saying, "We're not gonna be suck this year." 

He didn't lie. 

The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions. 

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Jakub Vrana has been absolutely killing it since the Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup

Jakub Vrana has been absolutely killing it since the Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup

The clock hit all zeros, and the Washington Capitals were finally Stanley Cup champions.

The celebration was on, and rightfully so. The team's two-day celebration has been well-documented, but one Capital went above and beyond.

Jakub Vrana has been on an absolute mission since the Capitals returned home Friday afternoon.

The Capitals hit the club Friday night. Vrana promptly found an elevated surface.

The 22-year-old Czech Republic native was a relative unknown to the mainstream public before the Stanley Cup Final. But following the Capitals weekend celebration, Vrana has become somewhat of a cult icon.

He showed Joe Beninati his announcing skills. Vrana didn't even give himself a point because he's such a team player!

Vrana's such a team player, in fact, that he had a whole Instagram story of him complimenting his teammates.

He lifted his short-sleeve t-shirt to show us a tattoo on his wrist. Now that is how you know he's a legend ... or just having a great time.

And after all that Vrana was (somehow) still alive.

Once it was time for the actual parade, the youngster just kept on rolling.

His youthfulness and liver strength have been on full display this weekend, and it's safe to say he'll sleep well when this is all over.

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