Arlington Gets Its Turn With the Stanley Cup

Published on June 21, 2018

It may have taken 126 years for the Stanley Cup to come to Arlington, but it was well worth the wait.

A bit more than a week after winning the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals started their summer celebration with the Arlington County Police Department on June 15. It was an opportunity for police personnel to visit with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and team captain Alex Ovechkin — and, of course, to get their photo with the Cup.

It was also a chance for Leonsis to thank the men and women of Arlington's public safety — joining ACPD was the Sheriff's Office, Fire Department and Emergency Communications Center.

"We can't thank you enough," Leonsis said. "We wanted to make sure that we had the opportunity to bring the Cup here, get some pictures and share in the joy."

While they obviously play their home games in Washington, D.C., the Capitals have called Arlington their second home since 2006, when they moved their practice facility to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston.

"We wanted to make sure that we had the opportunity to bring the Cup here ... and share in the joy."

After their visit with ACPD, Leonsis, Ovechkin and the Cup visited children in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and then stopped by the Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast Washington, D.C.; the Fort Dupont Cannons is the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America.