First Stanley Cup Finals for Millennial Capitals Fans

Posted May 23, 2018

(Jason Rogers and Brandon Alter)

I don’t know what to say. They’ve done it. The Capitals are heading to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in my life. I decided to go to Capital One Arena because, why not? I wanted to watch the game with my fellow Caps fans and be with them no matter what happened. I still can’t believe it. The atmosphere at the watch party was better than some of the regular season games. I was shocked that Caps faithful filled the SECOND DECK. There was no sense of “here we go again” as fans walked through the entrance on 7th and F.

After the second period, the only thing I could relate this to was my experiences back in 2008. The effort it took for the Caps to get into the playoffs that year was insane, and the fans embraced them. I was there when they beat Florida to clinch the South East Division. I was there just days later as the Caps stormed back to beat the Flyers, who I already developed a hatred for as I turned to the tender age of nine. That was the only thing I could look back on and say, “this is it. This is the height of my Caps fandom.” Until now.

The scene at the National Portrait Gallery steps are something I will never forget. Hundreds of Caps fans all going crazy together. I know I wasn’t the oldest one there, but I have a good feeling I was not the youngest either. Tonight can only be topped if the Caps achieve four more wins.


Vegas, watch out. DC is ready for you. And to the Capitals, I doubted you all year long. Thank you for proving me wrong.