Capitals And Nationals Locker Room Celebration Is One For The Ages

Photo: @Nationals

What a night! It was almost as if the hockey game was secondary….almost. Jakub Vrana scored his first career hat trick in a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames, improving the Capitals record to an impressive 11-2-3 (25 points) on the season. That’s not only tops in the Metro, but also most points in the entire league. And the icing on the cake, the World Champion Washington Nationals we’re in the house for a celebration.

By all accounts the Nationals had a pretty good time at Capital One Arena Sunday night. We covered their adventures in an earlier piece (here), but I think the shirtless zamboni ride sums things up pretty well.

Following the game the Nationals headed down to the Capitals locker room for more celebrating. The first piece of business? Awarding the player of the game award, a Nationals batting helmet, to “Mr. hat trick” Jakub Vrana. The Washington National’s Ryan Zimmerman had the honors.


Video: @Nationals

The locker room celebration then included a sing-along that was truly one for the ages. If you’ve been a Washington sports fan for any significant period of time, this may be something you thought you would never see. Two DC championship teams, arm-in-arm, singing “we are the champions”. We may never see this again, anywhere.


Video: @Capitals

That’s pretty incredible. The two champions would then turn it up a notch for a Congo line in the locker room.


Video: @Capitals

Then there was this. I’m not even sure what’s going on here, but I like it, and need to see more of it. Alex Ovechkin ripping off his hat and shirt and jumping on the back of Nationals batting practice pitcher and good luck charm Ali Modami’s back for a ride.


Video: @nationals

T.J.Oshie would even breakout his patented “hallow man” drinking celebration, demonstrating to the newest champions how it’s properly done. The scene is complete with a “back to back” chant.

Ive been a Washington sports fan for many decades. I fondly remember celebrating when the “Fat Lady” finally sang and the Bullets brought home a championship from Seattle in ‘78. I remember the Redskins golden years, when parades seemed to be almost a common occurrence. But these times are much different. I never imagined a scenario where two teams would take over the DC region the way the Capitals and Nationals have done in the past 16 months. It’s been a true blessing to experience.

For the Capitals, I have to think the celebrating with the Nationals has not only been great fun, but might add just a little more inspiration to climb back to the mountain top. Time will only tell, but this team could do just that.

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 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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