Photo: @paigemdowd via Nicole Marie Photography
As the Washington Capitals (save for goaltender Ilya Samsonov) set to depart for Canada for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs after four months of time at home with family, many of the players’ spouses, significant others, and even furry family members are wishing their favorite team members well as the Caps look to capture the Stanley Cup.
For forwards T.J. Oshie and Nic Dowd, and defenseman Nick Jensen, all who welcomed sons in the last seven months (Campbell, Louie, and Lorenzo, respectively), leaving home will be especially tough after getting quality time with their new family members during the four-month long break due to the coronavirus pandemic. T.J.’s wife Lauren, Nic’s wife Paige, and Nick’s wife Jenner, all took to Instagram to wish their husbands luck and reflect on the time spent during the break:
Defenseman John Carlson spent the last four months at home with his family, which includes wife Gina and sons Lucca and Rudy, and who will welcome another baby boy in the coming months. In two heartfelt posts to her Instagram account, Gina, along with Lucca and Rudy, wished John well and expressed how much the time spent together meant:
Capitals right wing Tom Wilson posted a farewell of his own to girlfriend Taylor Pischke, and puppy Halle on his own Instagram account, saying: “Lucky to have had this quaranteam over the last 5 months”.
Jensen posted to Instagram as well to Jenner and little Lorenzo, commenting, “It’s gonna be tough being away from these two for awhile, but I’m excited for the opportunities ahead”.
Wilson’s puppy Halle took to “her” own Instagram account to express how much she is going to miss her “Dad”:
Reid Cashman, who is making his last trip as an NHL coach before taking over collegiate head coaching duties for Dartmouth, had one last kiss for his daughter before departing for Toronto.
The Capitals departed for Toronto at 5:00 PM EST on Sunday and will start playoff action on August 3, 2020 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.