The Washington Capitals visited the White House to celebrate their 2018 Stanley Cup championship with President Donald Trump on Monday. The trip came more than nine months after the team first raised the NHL’s championship trophy in Las Vegas.
Ahead of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Tom Wilson was asked whether visiting the White House was a distraction this late in the season.
He had this to say.
“It definitely creates that motivation,” Wilson said. “You know there’s a fountain on the front lawn, so maybe that’ll be our next target.”
“I don’t think Secret Service will take too kindly to that,” one of the reporters joked back.
The Capitals’ fountain escapades started after the Stanley Cup win, when Wilson, TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, and Braden Holtby jumped in the fountain while celebrating with fans. According to Alex Ovechkin, Wilson was one of the instigators behind the initial viral fountain adventure too.
“Osh and Tom came to me like, ‘Hey let’s go swim in the fountains,'” Ovechkin said. “I said, ‘Ok, let’s do it, we’re champions.’ There were policemen and we said, ‘Hey, is it ok we’re going to do it?’ And they were like, ‘You can do whatever you want, guys.’ So I think it was a pretty fun moment for all of us and for you guys as well.”
Joe, here’s a video of the fountain party that I took on Saturday. Can I get a retweet? Only video out there that shows the lead up, the dives, and then goes in the scrum pic.twitter.com/DDWR4GHPtt
— Taylor Tarter (@TaylorTarter) June 11, 2018
Here's a closer shot if you're interested pic.twitter.com/r58vpkBjTs
— Kelsey G. (@KGras13) June 9, 2018
Along with the possibility of another swim, Wilson cited seeing the Stanley Cup and its keepers on Monday as further inspiration to go back-to-back.
The White House wouldn’t be the first large-scale recreation of the impromptu celebration. Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom also took the Stanley Cup in the Bellagio Fountains during the NHL Awards.
We found fountains! #NHLAwards #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/ZBulDlNPju
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 21, 2018
Hopefully, the Secret Service would be as lenient as Bellagio security and Georgetown policemen.
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