The Washington Capitals have another big visit in DC planned with the Stanley Cup. They will visit the White House on Monday, 25 March, as first reported by the Washington Post. Although the Caps have not officially announced the visit, which falls between home games against the Flyers and the Hurricanes, we are pretty confident in what we are hearing. We will share specific details as they become available.
There is a long-standing practice of championship teams across the sports spectrum receiving an invite to celebrate their victory. The Pittsburgh Penguins, the previous Stanley Cup Champions, visited in October 2017.
According to ESPN, the tradition began around 1865 with Andrew Jackson. Funny enough, the Pens were the first National Hockey Team to establish regular White House visits in June 1991 when George H.W. Bush called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.
Given that the Capitals are Washington DC’s hometown team, it was only a matter of time before schedules could be managed to bring the Cup to the White House. The visit will likely come with loads of controversy and political discussions about the appropriateness of the Caps accepting the invite. For many fans though, their eyes are already set on what happens this summer and if they will go Back-to-Back and celebrate down Constitution Avenue again!