Statement ● Miscellaneous
For Immediate Release: 
June 8, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today to congratulate the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals. Below is a link to the video and transcript of his remarks:

Click here to watch the full remarks.
“Mr. Speaker, there is joy in the Washington Capital Region today.  When I get up in the morning every day and I read the front page of the Washington Post, I say, ‘Oh, my goodness.’  Today, I read the front page of the Washington Post.  At last, Capitals, with Alex Ovechkin holding the Stanley Cup high, celebrate.

“Mr. Speaker, I was in the Maryland State Senate in 1973, and one of the great citizens of our region, Abe Pollin, said to us, to me, and to others: we want to build an arena in Prince George's County.  It was called the Capital Center.  And, in 1974, Abe Pollin brought hockey to the Washington metropolitan area.  Abe Pollin died not too long ago.  Before he died, he sold the Caps to Ted Leonsis.  Abe Pollin and Ted Leonsis are ecstatic today. Forty-four years, and now we're the national champions.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise with great joy and excitement to celebrate the tremendous victory last night by the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup finals.  The Caps had an extraordinary season and brought home a victory for the National Capital Region, its first major sports championship since 1992.  When team captain, Alex Ovechkin, raised the Stanley Cup over his head last night, he did so on behalf of thousands upon thousands upon thousands of Caps fans across our region, including, of course, my district.  That moment came after a 4-3 victory over an extraordinary team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who in their first season as an expansion team in the National Hockey League, became the first team to have come to the finals in that status.  They had a magnificent season, their own exciting path to the finals during their inaugural season.

“As the celebrations continue from last night into today and over the coming days, I want to offer my congratulations to the players, coaches, managerial staff, and my thanks to all the fans who made the Caps victory possible.  I hope my colleagues – dare I say, even the ones from Nevada – will join me in congratulating them, as well.  Alex Ovechkin was chosen as the most valuable player, having scored fifteen goals in the playoffs.

“And I want to say one last thing.  My father was born in Denmark.  Lars Eller, a member of the Washington Capitals, born and [who] lives in Denmark, scored the winning goal.  The colors of the Danish flag, as some of you may know, are red and white.  How appropriate; how wonderful.  How grateful we are for the vision of Abe Pollin and the sponsorship of Ted Leonsis.  Mr. Speaker, having used my one minute, I now yield back the balance of my time.”