If fancy rings didn’t provide enough evidence, the Washington Capitals cemented that no, fans were not dreaming about that 2018 Stanley Cup victory tonight. They did so by raising their Stanley Cup banner before hosting the Boston Bruins to kick off the 2018-19 season – and their title defense.
Interestingly, Tom Wilson geared up and was on the ice for the presentation mere hours after the NHL suspended him for 20 games. The team didn’t shy away from this summer’s headline-grabbing victory tour, pointing out that they celebrated the Stanley Cup victory as boisterously as anyone has before.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis also gave a heartfelt speech to celebrate the Capitals’ momentous victory. As expected, it was a joyous occasion for Capitals fans and the team.
Check out video of the ceremony above this post’s headline.
Instead of sleepwalking through the early goings of this game, T.J. Oshie opened the scoring 24 seconds in, and Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 2-0 on the power play. You can watch what’s looking like a frenetic game on NBCSN and stream it via this link.
For more banner-raising fun, compare how the actual ceremony with how Capitals players might have run things differently, at least in the sound booth. Queen’s “We are the Champions” is an old-school, safe choice:
Also, Doc Emrick provided some additional thoughts before the season-opener.