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Capitals to visit Donald Trump at White House March 25 to celebrate Stanley Cup

March 19, 2019

The Washington Capitals, defending Stanley Cup champions, will visit President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, March 25, a team spokesman confirmed to The Washington Times.

The Capitals will follow in the tradition of championship-winning sports franchises visiting the highest office in the country. Traditionally, Stanley Cup champs have not waited this late into the season to arrange the visit, but the Capitals and the White House were working to find a mutually agreeable date.

The record-long government shutdown in December and January also likely put a delay in those proceedings.

A few Capitals players -- Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly -- said last summer that they would not go if the White House invited the team. Smith-Pelly is still in the organization, but currently playing for the Hershey Bears, the minor-league affiliate.

Other players, like Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie, have said they look forward to visiting the president.

The visit will take place in between two home game Sunday and Tuesday.

This post will be updated.