Two Octobers ago, Leafs vlogger and Sportsnet personality Steve Dangle was asked by one of his followers, Alexis, for an inspirational quote.
@Steve_Dangle can you tweet me something inspirational to use as an inspirational quote for a school project
— lex (@alexisponsig) October 9, 2015
At the height of the Maple Leafs’ losing, Dangle responded thusly.
I've believed in the Toronto Maple Leafs my entire life. The least you could do is believe in yourself. https://t.co/Lsv7r2g0Wm
— Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) October 9, 2015
One Battlefield High School student was so inspired by Dangle’s tweet that he re-appropriated it for his senior quote.
— Jotty (@HarjDaMVP) May 25, 2017
Submitted during the 2016-17 hockey season, the quote has aged like an exquisite fine wine, as the heavily-favorited Capitals lost in the second round (again) against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The failed postseason run marked the end of the Capitals’ self-described Stanley Cup window.
“All my friends thought it was funny as hell,” Harjot Singh said to me. “I’m also just known as the biggest Caps fan in school and everyone said it was the perfect quote.”
Battlefield High School, located in Haymarket, Virginia, earned its named due in large part to the school’s proximity to local historic Civil War sites. Harjot, who is an active Caps fan on Twitter and has an Ovechkin inspired email address, couldn’t imagine being included in the yearbook without a Caps reference.
“To me this quote means the struggles I’ve dealt with being a Caps fan since 5th grade when the Young Guns were in full force and the Caps lost to the Canadians in 7,” Harjot said. “As a fanbase, we’ve dealt with so many disappointments the last eight to 10 years in the playoffs, but all of the diehard fans come back every year no matter what. It’s been rough to keep watching, but we still do.”
“I still believe that the Caps will win the Cup in the Ovi era someday,” Harjot continued. “So with all the disappointments and crap Caps fans have dealt with, we still believe in this team no matter what. So with how much passion and belief we show in this team with the heartbreak they’ve caused us, why shouldn’t you have confidence or believe in yourself?”
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