Washington Capitals games attract an eclectic crowd. Over the years, we’ve seen the moderator of Meet the Press, Wizards players, Redskins players and game show hosts. Sadly, despite our industrious efforts, a former or current President of the United States has not taken in the best game you can name.
Correction: Reader Michael Krigbaum pointed out that President Bill Clinton attended a third-round game in 1998.
But Friday night, Washington’s diplomatic corps will be represented as the Caps face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Five of their first round series, with best of 7 clash tied 2-2. Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau will attend the matchup with his Mexican counterpart, Jose Antonio Meade. The news was confirmed by RMNB.
A Department of Finance Canada spokesperson had no comment other than to say they were not “privy to the minister’s private schedule.” An English speaker at the Mexican Finance Ministry was unavailable. Finance minsters from around the world are gathering in Washington for meetings.
Morneau should have plenty of backup as he cheers his Leafs on. Canadian Embassy staffers usually fill the upper bowl at Verizon Center when Toronto comes to town.
After Toronto’s morning skate, I asked Leafs defenseman Connor Carrick if he had any advice for someone who is new to the sport.
“I would say worry about the rules later,” Carrick said. “Try to enjoy the structure and energy of a playoff game. I’m not the most familiar soccer fan but when I watch the Premier League, you appreciate the athleticism. You start to find a beauty in it that’s similar to all sports.”
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