One of the greatest parts about sports is how much of an impact it has on fans everywhere, even internationally. In this piece, we’ll look at Grant Green, a Washington Capitals fan from the United Kingdom, who has attended the recent Capitals games.
As a teenager, he followed and attended some hockey games in the U.K. Grant “always loved watching it as [it’s] such a fast-paced hard-hitting game.”
During a vacation to the U.S. in 2017, Grant, along with his dad, went to New York and Washington, D.C., where he saw his first Capitals game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. “[We] sat next to an old-timer Caps fan who made me feel super welcome and then made me fall in love with the Caps…continued to really follow them and then in 2018 we hoisted Lord Stanley.
Grant has had the chance to watch the Capitals in person more than seventeen times as an overseas fan. “Before COVID struck, I used to come across every year making some awesome friends who I now consider family and we keep in contact all throughout the year,” he said.
He watched the Capitals face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden last Thursday, which sadly was a 4-3 loss for the visiting team.
— Grant Green (@GrantGreen2) January 20, 2022
But Grant did the see Capitals in victorious fashion Saturday night in a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at Capital One Arena.
— Grant Green (@GrantGreen2) January 22, 2022
“NHL in the U.K. is growing. [The] best way I can describe it is NHL is where the NFL was 10-15 years ago,” Grant said, adding, “There is a U.K. Caps presence but it’s just finding each other and I have done [that] through the power of Facebook and Twitter.” Grant runs a fan group on Facebook called “Capitals Society,” which you can check out here.
I also asked him who his favorite Capitals player was and he said The Great Eight. “He is just such an incredible athlete. His scoring prowess is just unrivaled. I love it how everyone says he’s gonna start slowing [down] but it ain’t happening.”
Additionally, Grant loves the Capitals goalies, Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek, saying, “We are in such an amazing position with two talented rookie goaltenders still learning their trade but the game time and experience they are getting is amazing to see!”
“I’ve also enjoyed seeing Martin Fehervary. He is an incredible young [defenseman] who has the potential to tie down a starting [defensive] spot. I also love how Hathaway has developed as a player—I feel since he joined us he has just [gone] from strength to strength.”
Back on TV, back at Capital One! 📺#ALLCAPS vs Ottawa Senators
— Washington Capitals UK 🇬🇧 (@ukcapitals) January 22, 2022
By Della Young