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While the Capitals still have to win one more game before they can begin Stanley Cup festivities or a parade, forward Chandler Stephenson seems to have something in mind when it comes to spending a day with the Cup (a privilege every member of the winning team gets) should the Capitals win Game 5 on Thursday.
Per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston (the article can be found here), Stephenson plans to include surviving members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in his day with the Stanley Cup, saying, “That would be something special”. Stephenson is a Saskatoon native and has partaken in summer skating sessions with Kaleb Dahlgren (whom the Capitals hosted on Monday night for Game 4) and Brayden Camrud, two of the surviving members of the tragic bus crash that took the lives of 16 members of the organization.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 7, 2018
Stephenson has played a key part in helping the Capitals take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in 23 games played, along with a plus-3 rating. In his rookie season, Stephenson has been one of the team’s most reliable penalty killers and his commitment to his teammates is something that is reflected in his desire to include the Broncos in his day with the Cup should the Capitals win it.
“Everybody knows everyone. You know somebody and they know that same person. “The whole community itself, not even the hockey community, is so small. That’s kind of the cool thing about it – you’ll hear somebody telling a story and it’s like ‘Oh yeah, I’ve met that person, I know that person.”, Stephenson said on the community of Saskatoon.
While the Capitals still have to win one game, it’s a heartwarming gesture by Stephenson, that should it happen, will become a memorable day for the Humboldt Broncos and hockey fans everywhere.
By Michael Fleetwood