Mitch Korn and John Walton Have Their Day With The Stanley Cup in Oxford, Ohio

Photo: @WaltonCaps

After a day in Lake Zurich, Ilinois, with Capitals director of player development, Steve Richmond, the Stanley Cup headed “Back to Ohio” on Wednesday for a day with John Walton and former Capitals goaltending coach Mitch Korn. (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.)  

Goggin Ice Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
John Walton and Mitch Korn held a public event at the Goggin Ice Center on the campus of Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. No surprise, but lines formed early for the opportunity to meet the Stanley Cup Champions, and view the Stanley Cup.


Korn, an Oxford native, was Miami’s goaltending coach from 1981-88, served as the Washington Capitals’ director of goaltending during their 2017-18 championship run. Mitch Korn’s Goalie School, is regarded as one of the top goaltending camps in the world.  While serving as goaltending coach with the Buffalo Sabres in the 90s, he turned Dominik Hasek into a four-time Vezina Trophy winner for the league’s top goaltender, with a pair of Hart Trophies (NHL MVP) to boot. He also helped Braden Holtby capture a Vezina Trophy shortly in his second year as goaltender coach for the Washington Capitals.


John Walton, another child of Oxford, who covered the Capitals’ title run, has been the voice of the Washington Capitals since 2013. He was the public address announcer for the Cincinnati Reds from 1996 to 2002 and was also the first play-by-play voice of the AHL’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks from 1997 to 2000. Walton also the Senior Manager of Communications for Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, the Bears, and called three Calder Cup championship seasons for the Bears in 2006, 2009 and 2010.


Fans lined up for a photo with the prestigious mug. Even fans of teams that fell victim to the champs along their way to winning the Cup. The woman below took her daughters out of school today to see the Stanley Cup. She said it was “more important.” (Per @dmaetzmedia).


Miami University student Jon Cameron may have been the most prepared for his visit to see the Stanley Cup. He drafted a formal letter of absence to administrators at the University, and had John Walton and Mitch Korn sign the letter, excusing his absence.


The expression on the boys face at the end of the following video says it all:


A ceremony honoring the championship duo also took place at Goggin, which included the unfurling of a new banner in Mitch Korn’s honor.

John Walton’s special day was shared with his father, who was a professor of Marketing at the Farmer school at Miami University.


Youth Session, Goggin Ice Center, Oxford, Ohio
Once the public viewing was done, the Cup made an appearance on the Steve ‘Coach’ Cady Arena ice, where the Miami hockey team enjoyed a photo op with it. Several other supported of Miami hockey also got a few moments with the most storied trophy in sports before the next phase of its action packed day.



Private Reception, President’s Home, Oxford, Ohio
Miami University President Greg Crawford arrived shortly after the youth skate and brought the Cup through the heart of campus and eventually to his house, where numerous supporters of Miami University got to enjoy an evening with the Cup.



Mac and Joe’s, Offord, Ohio




Private Event, The Elms, Oxford, Ohio


Brick Stret Bar, Oxford, Ohio



Tim Ohashi
Woody Leydig
John Carlson
Dave Marin
Alex Ovechkin
Michal Kempny
Jakub Vrana
Steve Bowman
Mark Nemish
Chris Patrick
Rob Tillotson
Dick Patrick
Brian MacLellan
Matt Niskanen
Jason Serbus
T.J. Oshie
Todd Reirden
Michael Booi
Madison Bowey
Ross Mahoney
Braden Holtby
Brett Leonhardt
Brock Myles
Scott Murray
Tom Wilson
Devante Smith-Pelly
Lars Eller
Andre Burakovsky
Christian Djoos
Nicklas Backstrom
Philipp Grubauer
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Dmitry Orlov
Brett Connolly
Jay Beagle
Barry Trotz
Chandler Stephenson
Chandler Stephenson/Humboldt
Sergey Kocharov
Lane Lambert
Cleo Bates
Blaine Forsythe
Brooks Orpik
Ray Straccia
Ted Leonsis
Alex Chiasson
Steve Richmond

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 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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14 Responses to Mitch Korn and John Walton Have Their Day With The Stanley Cup in Oxford, Ohio

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  2. Jim Bodmer says:

    Thanks for bringing it to Oxford.

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