Capitals’ Equipment Assistant Ray Straccia’s day with the Stanley Cup in Allentown, Pennsylvania

After spending the previous two days in Massachusetts with Blaine Forsythe and Brooks Orpik, the Stanley Cup made its way to the Keystone state for a day with Capitals equipment assistant Ray Straccia in Allentown. (Reminder, you can find the latest schedule of dates for Capitals players “day with the Stanley Cup” right here. You can find links to each and every “day with the Stanley Cup” that has already occurred right here.) 

“It was such a whirlwind,” Straccia told the Morning Call. “It’s hard to explain what it all felt like. It probably didn’t soak in until several days later when we had the parade, which was an unbelievable experience in itself. You never dream about being on a float and going right through Washington, D.C. in front of thousands of fans. You could see people as far as you can look. It gives you goosebumps.”

“I’m with them all day, every day,” Straccia said. “It’s one big, giant group between the coaches and players, trainers, equipment crew and other staff members.”

Straccia’s primary duty is to supply and maintain all of the equipment and fix or replace the skates, sticks and other things the players need as part of their daily routine. He attends all home games, working long hours that begin with the team’s skate-around at its Arlington, Va., practice facility.

Home Arrival, Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Yocco’s Hot Dogs, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Yesterday, it was health food stores and organic farms with Brooks a Orpik. Today, hot dogs, pierogies and Icees with Ray Straccia. First up, Ray and Stanley made a quick stop for lunch at Yocco’s Hot Dogs.

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WaWa, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Next stop was a local WaWa for Icees from the Stanley Cup.

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Public Event, Allentown, Pennsylvania


Private Event, Allentown, Pennsylvania


We checked the official Washington Capitals Cup Stand rule book and see no rules barring the use of outside aids for support, so we tip our hat to the use of saw horses for getting the job done.



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By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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