Are you happy for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals?

Right after Oshie won his first NHL title in the Capitals' 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, the veteran forward's thoughts were on his family - particularly his father, who fostered his son's love of the sport as a coach and a hockey dad in Everett, Washington, north of Seattle.

The Capitals were never the consensus pick to win the Stanley Cup, but after years of playoff disappointment, Washington finally climbed to the NHL's summit thanks to complete buy in from the entire roster.

They tend to root for their "home" teams rather than those based in Washington - the Capitals, the Redskins, the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball and the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. The shoes will reportedly launch on June 21.

But they weren't the only ones to send out a quick congratulations to the Capitals and their historic win. Winning the Stanley Cup isn't a capstone on a season's worth of accomplishments; it represents something much bigger.

"It meant everything", Ovechkin said following Thursday's win.

There was Pat Lafontaine of the Islanders beating them in the four-overtime "Easter Epic" back in 1987.

And he was there, finally - after the final buzzer sounded Thursday night, after T.J. lifted the Stanley Cup and after that hard post-game interview - to take the ice yet again with the son who shares his name.

Unfortunately, it was to the Washington Capitals.

"I think there were a lot of series where maybe Washington got eliminated, but [Ovechkin] had a great series". I've been doing this for a long time.

"It's even better. It's just like a dream", said Ovechkin.

"We can go back to the game in Pittsburgh: No Nick Backstrom, no Burakovsky, no Tom Wilson".

Ovechkin became the first Russia-born captain to lift the Stanley Cup and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the play-offs. "We didn't get those type of bounces. I'm so happy. It's unbelievable". They will never forget this moment, and this town will never be the same because of it.

"We have a very special relationship because we were pretty bad, and when I first met him I said, 'We're in this together, right?'" Leonsis said. Finally we did. We knew this year is going to be our year.

"I don't want us to be self-satisfied", Leonsis said. And there are others willing to completely isolate Ovechkin, removing team from the equation completely, and celebrate him for the incomparable skillset he's used to enter the conversation as the the greatest goal scorer ever.

Two shots, for the Stanley Cup-winning goal.

  • Julie Sanders