Welcome Back Beags! Jay Beagle Returns to MedStar Capitals IcePlex As Member of Vancouver Canucks, Receives Warm Welcome From Capitals Fans

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When the Washington Capitals captured their first Stanley Cup championship in 2018, a big reason for their victory was the effort by every player on the roster, including their bottom-six forward group. At the time, their fourth-line center was Jay Beagle, who departed the team in free agency for a four-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks after full eight seasons (and parts of two others) with the Capitals. Today, Beagle returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex (the Caps’ practice facility) for practice with the Canucks, and was greeted with a hero’s welcome by fans.

Fans greeted Beagle as he arrived at MedStar’s front doors, many holding handmade signs and welcoming him back to D.C. A fan favorite in Washington, Beagle, as was the case during his time as a Capital, took time to sign autographs, take pictures, and chat with fans, including several young fans.

One young fan even delivered a box of Ovi-O’s to Beagle, along with a homemade sign:

In 471 games played with the Capitals, Beagle recorded 116 points (51 goal, 65 assists) while serving as a valuable fourth-line center and valuable penalty kill member, and whose hard work ethic and personable nature endeared him to the Washington faithful.

The Caps paid tribute to No. 83 upon his first return to Capital One Arena in February, where he received a standing ovation from the crowd during an emotional tribute.

Beagle did not take part in the Canucks’ optional practice, and Canucks Head Coach Travis Green did not have an update on the center, who has been receiving “treatment” for some time now, per TSN’s Jeff Paterson. However, Beagle spoke with the media, and said leaving Washington would have been “way different without winning the Stanley Cup”.

While Beagle’s status for tomorrow’s afternoon Capitals-Canucks tilt is unknown, it is clear that no matter what uniform he is wearing, he will always hold a special place in the hearts of Caps fans and his contributions to the team’s run to the Cup won’t soon be forgotten.

By Michael Fleetwood

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About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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