The Washington Capitals are set to begin a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season tonight against the Buffalo Sabres in New York, and with a set roster, lines seemingly in place, and enthusiasm to begin play once again, the team has been receiving a number of well wishes from around the DMV and beyond.
Having already received good luck wishes from the Smithsonian National Zoo’s panda cub Xiao Qi Ji, the Capitals have also been flooded with encouragement and support from their fellow sports teams in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area and beyond
The Washington Nationals tweeted words of luck to their Twitter account, with the caption, “Be Gr8 today, Babes!”, an ode to Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) January 14, 2021
The Caps and Nationals have solidified an already-strong hometown alliance over the last few years, with the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup championship and Nats’ 2019 World Series win seeing the two teams both honoring the other and players from both teams coming closer together over the subsequent seasons.
The National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards, who share a home arena with the Capitals and are owned by Capitals Majority Owner Ted Leonsis, also showed their support, tweeting, “Good luck this season @Capitals!”, and the hashtags “#DCAboveAll x #ALLCAPS”.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 14, 2021
The Women’s National Basketball Association’s Washington Mystics (who captured a championship in 2019 and are also owned by Leonsis), the National Football League’s Washington Football Team, and Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, like their fellow D.C. teams, wished the Capitals luck as they embark on another season.
READY TO CHEER IN #ALLCAPS ALL SEASON
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) January 14, 2021
— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) January 14, 2021
— dcunited (@dcunited) January 14, 2021
In addition to the professional sports teams in Washington, minor league and amateur sports teams sent their support to the Capitals as well, with the Caps’ American Hockey League affiliate Hershey Bears, whose own shortened season begins in early February (AHL season officially starts on February 5) sending their backing to their parent club, their East Coast Hockey League’s South Carolina Stingrays, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Maryland Terrapins also tweeting support to their neighbors.
LET’S GO CAPS! 🦅
— SC Stingrays (@SCStingrays) January 14, 2021
The Bears tweet featured a photo of Bears alumni Jakub Vrana, with the caption “Let’s Go #Caps!…Good luck to our @NHL affiliate, @Capitals tonight as they open their season tonight in Buffalo!”
LET’S GO #CAPS! 🚨🦅
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) January 14, 2021
The Terps, meanwhile, sent a “shout out to our friend in the District” and wished the Caps luck on their season.
Shoutout to our friends in The District!
— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) January 14, 2021
Captain, the service dog in-training who joined the Capitals prior to the 2019-20 season while undergoing preparation for his time as a service dog for a veteran or first responder, also “tweeted” a video of him donning a custom Capitals jersey and collar, in the spirit of gameday.
— Captain (@CapsPup) January 14, 2021
Puck drop for the Capitals-Sabres matchup is 7:00 PM EST and can be seen on NBC Sports Washington or heard on the Capitals’ Radio Network.
By Michael Fleetwood