Congratulations Eric Fehr and Sergei Gonchar!

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Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

With the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup-clinching win tonight, two longtime members of the Capitals – forward Eric Fehr and defenseman Sergei Gonchar – will have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup. Fehr, who signed a three-year deal with Pittsburgh last summer after nine seasons with the Caps, is celebrating his first career Stanley Cup. 

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Eric Fehr (16) celebrates his goal in the third period against the San Jose Sharks during Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 6, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

(Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

A fan favorite in D.C., he recorded 87 goals and 87 assists, and 164 points in 419 games played with Washington. In his first season in black and gold, he struggled, registering only eight goals and six assists for 14 points in an injury-shortened 55-game season. Coming into tonight’s contest, he had recorded three goals and an assist in 22 playoff games.

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Gonchar, on the other hand, won the Cup as the Penguins’ defenseman development coach. A member of the team’s 2009 Cup-winning team, Gonchar retired last fall after a lengthy and possible Hall of Fame caliber career. Gonchar spent his first ten seasons in a Capitals sweater and was one of the NHL’s premier offensive blueliners during that time. In 654 career games played with the Caps, the former first-round pick (14th overall in 1992) recorded 144 goals and 272 assists for 416 points.

While it may sting that the Capitals lost to the eventual Cup champions, NoVa Caps congratulates two longtime Capitals on a victory!

NoVa Caps would also like to congratulate former Cap Joel Ward on a great run this season. We miss you Big Cheese!

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By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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