Tribute videos are usually reserved for players, but Wednesday night at Capital One Arena, the Capitals aired a special video package for radio play-by-play announcer John Walton.
Walton is leaving the radio booth for the next several weeks as he leads the play-by-play of NBC’s women’s hockey coverage at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
Join us in wishing @WaltonCaps good luck as tonight is his final game before a three-week trip to South Korea to call Women's Hockey at the @Olympics! #PyeongChang2018 #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/qACtSfm06B
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 1, 2018
Walton’s coworkers and broadcast contemporaries such as Ken Sabourin, Alan May, Ben Raby, Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, and Tarik El-Bashir all wished John good luck in South Korea.
Meanwhile, Walton’s family including Mike Walton (John’s brother); Samthana, Emily, and Anna (nieces); Abbey and Will (niece and nephew); Marilyn Walton (mom); Jack Walton (son); and John Walton (dad) all shared their emotional and heartfelt congratulations.
NBC Sports Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir summed it up best. “Good things happen to good people, and big breaks come to guys who work harder than everyone else, and that’s definitely you.”
Reminded in a big way what a classy organization I work for. Thanks everyone. You made this a really special night for me. https://t.co/3jOLHwOq3T
— John Walton (@WaltonCaps) February 1, 2018
Now I’m going to say my piece since everyone else has. John, from your time being a blogger, social media guru, part-time PR guy, and the voice of the Hershey Bears to your rise in prominence in Washington, you haven’t changed one bit – though I will say your suits are even more 💯. I’ve appreciated your hockey stories, kindness, and dedication to both the sport and your craft. Seeing you be yourself has given me a better idea about what true professionalism is all about. Plus, you manage to make anyone you’re around feel special, which is something I’m passionate about too.
After tonight’s video and standing ovation from the Capital One Arena crowd, you know now we’re all going to be rooting for you. With none of the Caps players going to the Olympics, you’re also our only hope. No pressure.
Make us proud!
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