The reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals went to a White House on Monday to accommodate with President Donald Trump … and a Penguins came up.
The Capitals’ revisit came 9 months after they hoisted a Stanley Cup and only a few days before a start of a playoffs. The Caps are in initial place in a Metropolitan Division.
Trump welcomed them to a Oval Office, pronounced he was a fan and introduced them to a media as they collected around him during his desk.
“You had a truly implausible season. Defending opposite your arch-rival, and dual time reigning champions, a Pittsburgh Penguins,” Trump said, afterwards incited to Capitals owners Ted Leonsis and asked, “How are they doing, Ted?”
“They’ll be in a playoffs, Leonsis responded.
“It’s never easy, right?’ Trump joked. “It’s never easy, though … let’s see how it all works out.”
He singled out captain Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, and pronounced that his daughter, Ivanka, was a crony and fan, and called him a “very special athlete, a good player.”
Along with Leonsis, manager Todd Reirden and many of a players done a visit, presenting Trump with a red No. 45 jersey, as good as a bullion hockey stick, engraved with a president’s name.
The organisation took a private 45-minute debate of a White House and afterwards met with Trump. The organisation took photos and video for a media, afterwards Trump spent time with them, flitting out pens and MM candies, and he acted for particular cinema with players and staffers, according to a Washington Post.
Also in assemblage were NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Trump profession Rudy Giuliani and advisor to a boss Kellyanne Conway, who wore a Capitals Stanley Cup champions hat.
The Penguins visited Trump during a White House after their championship wins in 2016 and 2017. During a 2017 visit, Trump asked a Pens about a Capitals, calling them a “tough” team.
The Penguins are tied for second a Metropolitan Division. The Stanley Cup playoffs start Apr 10.
Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can hit Frank during 412-380-8511, firstname.lastname@example.org or around Twitter @frnkstar.