National Zoo Panda Cub Xiao Qi Ji Wishes Washington Capitals Good Luck in Adorable Video Prior to Season Opener Against the Buffalo Sabres

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The Washington Capitals are set to open their 2020-21 season tonight against the Buffalo Sabres in New York and with their opening roster set, the team looks to get their 56-game regular season off on the right track. Less than 12 hours before puck drop, the team got a “Good Luck” message from one of the District’s biggest celebrities.

In an adorable video posted to the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Twitter account, Giant Panda cub Xiao Qi Ji (shiao-chee-jee) played with a panda-sized hockey puck while messages of “Good Luck”, “Let’s Go Caps”, and “#ALLCAPS” flashed on the screen.

In the tweet, the Zoo wished the Caps well in the first game of the season, saying “Sending love to D.C. and and our hometown team as they start their season tonight. Go Caps”. The zoo also sent another tweet filled with panda and hockey stick emojis, with the caption, “Pandamonium all over the ice”.

Xiao Qi Ji was born on August 21, 2020 to mother Mei Xiang and father Tian Tian and has been adored by many since his birth via the zoo’s webcams, as the zoo has been closed to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic and he has yet to debut publicly. The Capitals, meanwhile, have been getting put through their paces in a shortened training camp under new Head Coach Peter Laviolette, and are set to play in a newly-aligned NHL this season. Puck drop in Buffalo is 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Washington or the Capitals Radio Network.

By Michael Fleetwood

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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