Capitals Fans Give Proper Sendoff to the Players Before Team Departs for Vegas [VIDEO]

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The Washington Capitals are the first team from D.C. to play for a championship in 20 years and Caps players are now rockstar status throughout the DMV. After the team practiced Saturday morning at Kettler in front of a standing room only crowd at both rinks, the players talked to the media, hit the showers, and headed to Las Vegas. In their path between the locker room and the bus to the airport an estimate of 6,000 Capitals fans sending their heroes well wishes. If you couldn’t make it, NoVa Caps has you covered.

Evgeny Kuznetsov was the first to come out at 11:45 a.m. We would’ve loved to hear his reasoning for being the first and gotten a shot of it but he was quick. It took roughly a half hour before other players started exiting the team facility at Kettler. In between the hoopla, Capitals owner and chairman of Monumental Sports and Entertainment: Ted Leonsis was throwing t-shirts to the crowd.

Then came the dynamic duo of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

Chandler Stephenson and Philipp Grubauer.

Dmitry Orlov.

Lars Eller, Andre Burakovsky and Christian Djoos!

T.J. Oshie and DSP got loud receptions!

Tom Wilson getting the “Willy!” chats!

The Con man! Brett Connolly

John Carlson, Alex Chiasson and Brooks Orpik

Holtby! Holtby! Holtby! He hasn’t allowed a goal since Game 5 last round and he heads to Vegas to attempt to slay some Knights.

Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek, the trade deadline acquisitions. Plus, everyone’s favorite: Jay Beagle!

That was all from the player sendoff. Next stop: Las Vegas for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals!

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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One Response to Capitals Fans Give Proper Sendoff to the Players Before Team Departs for Vegas [VIDEO]

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