The Washington Capitals have always proudly displayed their accomplishments. On Saturday, during their first practice after the Winter Classic, there was a hand-made banner displayed that read 2015 Winter Classic Champs.
Some in the media did not take too kindly to this, including Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper:
The Verizon Center has been mocked for years for its banners, which at times included ones for Washington Mystics leading the WNBA in attendance. Such banners called the Mystics the WNBA’s “Attendance Champions.”
But why not start new traditions of celebrating pseudo regular season success?
While winning the Winter Classic is a big deal for maybe a day or two, ultimately it’s winning the Stanley Cup that’s most important to pretty much everyone in hockey.
Sadly it doesn’t appear a 2015 Winter Classic champions banner will join the ranks of others in the Verizon Center rafters any time in the near future.
That afternoon, the sign mysteriously disappeared from Kettler.
On Sunday, before the game against the Florida Panthers, the sign reappeared at Verizon Center.
I consider the Winter Classic win an important moment in franchise history. They should shred that sign and instead paint it on the ice in giant 72-pixel font.
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