Capitals star forward TJ Oshie rode Metro to Games Three and Four of the Stanley Cup Final with Caps fans. That transportation decision proved to be one of the most viral storylines of the Stanley Cup Final, especially on Monday when Oshie needed help getting through the gates of the Gallery Place stop because he was 35 cents short on exit fare. After generously being helped by Metro staff, Oshie exited the station and would later score a goal in the first period of Game Four. You can’t make this stuff up.
Tuesday morning, Metro announced through its Twitter account that if the Caps win the Stanley Cup, the company will honor Oshie in a spectacular way. WMATA will make a commemorative smartrip card in Oshie’s honor.
Hey @tjoshie77! Congrats on an amazing win! Bring home the #StanleyCup and we're gonna make a commemorative smartrip card in your honor!
— ❤️ your favorite transit system#ALLCAPS @Capitals #wmata pic.twitter.com/xKFzVwJ5rC
— Metro (@wmata) June 5, 2018
Though Metro, hit us up if you need any help. We are very, very available to help on this project.
Can we design the card since we helped break the story? Three of us on staff are professional designers. Plus, we think Caps fans will REALLY REALLY wanna get one then. Our DMs are open. 😘
P.S. – They should all come preloaded with 35 cents.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) June 5, 2018
After Game Three, Oshie and defenseman Matt Niskanen spoke about the experience.
“We figured it might be tough to get to the game,” Oshie said, adding that they figured the street closures surrounding Capital One Arena would make the drive difficult.
“It was great,” Oshie said. “It was actually really easy for us to get down there. The fans seemed very excited, but were also respectful and just wished us luck along the way…. Some TV [station] or someone was doing some type of simulated Caps march and we happened to be walking right behind the march, so we might be in some type of pump-up video or something. But it was cool. It was fun. A different way.
“I had never gone that way before,” Oshie continued. “Pretty simple to ride in.”
Headline photo: @CDLori
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