Former Capitals Philipp Grubauer and Jay Beagle will not be at the Caps’ White House visit on Monday. President Donald Trump will host a private event for the team to celebrate their 2018 Stanley Cup championship.
Grubauer told The Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark that he would rather focus on the Avalanche’s playoff push.
Philipp Grubauer tells The Athletic he will not be joining the Capitals at the White House because he wants to stay focused on the #Avs playoff push. #ALLCAPS
— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) March 23, 2019
Colorado’s next game is Wednesday against the Vegas Golden Knights so the trip could have worked with Grubi’s schedule if he chose to attend. Grubauer was at the Capitals’ championship ring ceremony during the preseason.
Beagle, now with the Vancouver Canucks, will also not be at the event but said he would have attended if he was still with Washington. The Canucks play the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night at home.
#Canucks Beagle was asked this morning: says he would have gone to White House if he was still with Capitals
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) March 23, 2019
Grubauer and Beagle join Devante Smith-Pelly, Brett Connolly, and Braden Holtby who have publicly said they will not take part in the event, for varying reasons.
The Capitals’ celebration will come three days after the Mueller Report was submitted. Sunday, Attorney General William Barr sent a summary to Congress of Mueller’s findings saying the special counsel found no evidence that Trump coordinated with Russia during the 2016 Presidential Election. The report also did not exonerate Trump of obstructing justice.
This story has been updated since publication.
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