Capitals Players Get Loud Ovations Taking the Ice Saturday Morning for First Stanley Cup Finals Practice in 20 Years


The Washington Capitals are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years and the fanbase in D.C. is showing why we’re America’s Hockey Capital. As the Capitals took the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the first time as Eastern Conference Champions, a packed house awaited them. 

Goalies Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer were the first to come out to the ice to a thunderous applause.

Then came Dmitry Orlov.

The leader in scoring on the Capitals this postseason: Evgeny Kuznetsov!

Pheonix Copley, goaltender of the future enjoying the present.

The coach, Barry Trotz!

Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly.

Brooks Orpik has a Stanley Cup championship under his belt with that one team from Pennsylvania and looks to bring that experience to help the Caps to greatness this June.

Another big applause along with an ovation was in order for Alex Ovechkin, who will take the ice in his first Stanley Cup Finals game on Monday night. It’s been a long time coming for the team captain! His goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals 1:02 in turned out to be the game-winner.

Andre Burakovsky, who scored two goals in Game 7 came out with two sticks.

T.J. Oshie aka Captain America! From the Olympics to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tom Wilson (“Willy Willy!”)

“DSP! DSP! DSP!”, Devante Smith-Pelly has become a fan favorite in his first season.

The fans also love Jay Beagle!

Even the scratches: Travis Boyd, Shane Gersich and Nathan Walker got some love and they deserve it!

The rest of the team came out and headed to the other rink to begin practice.

Finally, listen to this crowd after the team stretched and huddled to end practice!

We’ll have more from Kettler later so stay tuned to for all your coverage 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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