Billy Lang waited a long time before seeing his first Capitals live in person, but the wait appears to have been worth it.
Lang, a Scotland native, has been in Washington this month for the chance to watch his favorite NHL team play live in person for the first time.
On Tuesday night during the Caps’ 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, he joined the CSN broadcast periodically throughout the game to talk about the experience.
“A dream come true,” Lang told CSN’s Jill Sorenson.
“For anybody from Scotland to be able to come over here and see the team, I can’t even find the words to put out. It’s amazing.”
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Lang, a Caps fan for the past 22 years, said he became a fan at age 7 when he was given a Dale Hunter jersey and a Peter Bondra stick. “From there on, I just knew this was my team,” he said.
Sorenson spoke with Lang before the game, as well as during the first, second and third periods.
Early in the second period with the Caps leading 1-0, he called Alex Ovechkin’s goal, which ended his 10-game goal drought. During the third period with the Caps clinging to a 3-2 lead, Jay Beagle scored the insurance goal he said he was hoping for in the win.
Because Billy @CAPS_365 called an Ovi PPG I decided to record it. pic.twitter.com/oRiH7gcCOk— Jill Sorenson (@JillSorenson17) March 15, 2017
Between the second and third periods, Lang also happened to run into Bondra.
True story. We just ran into Peter Bondra in the elevator. Billy is freaking out. Bondra was the 1st jersey he got. pic.twitter.com/CYU2hW497M— Jill Sorenson (@JillSorenson17) March 15, 2017
“I was shocked,” Lang said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes after all the years I grew up watching him as a kid. I finally got to see him and I laughed. Out of all places.”
For Lang, Tuesday night was his fourth Capitals game after attending the team’s three previous home games earlier this month against the Devils (March 2), Flyers (March 4) and Stars (March 6). To date, the Caps have gone 3-1 in those games.
Lang has been staying with Robin Unzicker, a Caps fan herself, during his visit.
Billy's @CAPS_365 group of— Jill Sorenson (@JillSorenson17) March 14, 2017
friends he met thru Caps finally meets him, Billy says "I think I'm moving here!" pic.twitter.com/g6sAGK6NZw