WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals players, who have been celebrating winning the Stanley Cup nonstop since last Thursday night, brought the party to the stage of the championship parade and rally on the National Mall in D.C. on Tuesday.
After a parade in which the players rode on double-decker buses through the streets, fans, players and team personnel gathered on the mall for their championship rally. It was the first parade for a D.C. major sports team since 1992 (Redskins).
Here is a list of the five craziest things the Capitals did on stage during the celebration.
1. Chugging beer and other beverages. When getting introduced to the crowd, Brett Connolly lifted a beer he had brought on stage with him and chugged it for the crowd. Chandler Stephenson, Brooks Orpik and T.J. Oshie followed suit, and Nathan Walker chugged horizontally after his teammates picked him up.
Speaking of Oshie …
2. Everything Oshie did. After his introduction at the rally, Oshie got up, stood in front of the crowd and chugged a beer through his jersey. Oshie started off his speech by saying, “Sorry about my voice. We’ve been partying in the streets for a couple days,” a quote that was met with wild cheers from the fans. The Capitals’ assistant captain then ended his speech by starting a “back to back!” chant, referring to Washington winning the Stanley Cup next season as well.
3. Tom Wilson’s quote about Las Vegas. Wilson kept his speech short, but he still managed to wrap it up with a clever phrase. “They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but we brought the cup home,” Wilson said as the Capitals faithful roared in approval.
4. The F-bomb extravaganza. It started with Evgeny Kuznetsov, who ended his speech with, “Let’s (expletive) this (expletive)!” Alex Ovechkin joined in at the end of his speech by bringing back a quote from the start of the season, “We’re not gonna be (expletive) suck this year.”
5. Ovechkin calling the crowd “babes.” Ovechkin’s speech was crazy for more than just the F-bomb he dropped. After hoisting the cup above his head for the crowd to see, he began his speech by asking, “What’s up, babes?” He ended his speech by saying, “Boys and girls and babes. Let’s go!”