Which Capitals Names Will Go On The Stanley Cup?

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The Stanley Cup has finally found its home in Washington. One of the big decisions remaining for the team is whose names will actually be engraved on a ring of the Cup.  There are just a few rules regarding who automatically qualifies, with a maximum of 24 names making the final list. That means that unfortunately, some of the names that were on the roster for Game 5 of the Finals will not be included on the Cup.

The Basic Rules per NHL:
Currently, to qualify for automatic engraving, a player:

  1. Must have played, or have dressed as the backup goaltender, for at least half of the championship team’s regular season games. OR:
  2. Must have played, or have dressed as the backup goaltender, for at least one game of the Stanley Cup Finals for the championship team, AND:
  3. Must be on the roster when the team wins the Stanley Cup.

The following names automatically qualify for being included on the Cup (leaving two spots open for the team to decide). Automatic engravings:

Alex Ovechkin
T.J. Oshie
Dmitry Orlov
Brooks Orpik
Braden Holtby
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Tom Wilson
Jon Carlson
Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana
Nicklas Backstrom
Andre Burakovski
Michal Kempny
Lars Eller
Matt Niskanen
Brett Connolly
Jay Beagle
Christian Djoos
Chandler Stephenson
Madison Bowey
Alex Chiasson
Philipp Grubauer

Some of the notable names that don’t automatically qualify include: Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Jakub Jerabek, Pheonix Copley, and Nathan Walker. Who would you add?:

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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18 Responses to Which Capitals Names Will Go On The Stanley Cup?

  1. Michael says:

    Nathan Walker got an assist against Pittsburgh, you gotta put his name on it, plus the first Aussie

    • J says:

      No doubt Walker has to be 1, contribution vs Pit, Gersich, and Boyd.. all played in playoffs. If only 2 can be added Walker&Gersich for me

  2. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t the Owner, Coach, GM, and President of the Team make the cut too? Does that impact the 24 names? Or is that in addition?

  3. Sandra (Sandy) Hall says:

    Definitely Walker!!!! How many more can be voted onto it?

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  5. Anonymous says:


  6. Anonymous says:

    Walker! Lets get the first Aussie on the cup!

  7. Tim Foisie says:

    Walker and Boyd get my votes. Gersich at least played in playoffs while Bowey did not, but only two more players can be added?

  8. The Washington Stanley Cupitals says:

    Brooks Laich, Karl Alzner, and Marcus Johansson should be honorary names.

  9. John says:

    HAS to be Walker!

  10. Cheryl says:

    Absolutely Nathan Walker should have his name on the cup! 🇭🇲🏒🏆

  11. Rick Hixenbaugh says:

    I can understand that there must be a limit but….What a horrible decision to have to make !

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  13. denn9268 says:


  14. CMMFT says:

    When will we know?

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