Caps fans send the team off to Vegas

The Caps were given a good send off. (WTOP/John Domen)
The Caps were given a good send off. (WTOP/John Domen)
Free items were handed out to the crowds by Caps owner Ted Leonsis (Twitter/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
There was a quick workout before the team left for Las Vegas. (Twitter/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
Over a thousand fans were there for the send off. (Twitter/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
The standing crowd was several rows deep. (Twitter/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
The Caps were given a good send off. (WTOP/John Domen)

WASHINGTON — More than 6,000 fans showed up to Kettler Iceplex for one last practice before the Washington Capitals headed off to Las Vegas to take on the Golden Knights. Every seat in the house was taken, and fans stood four and five rows deep along the boards  — some with their kids on top of their shoulders — to watch what was a relatively light practice before the team departed for the airport.

As players first emerged from the locker room to take to the ice, they made it a point to acknowledge the fans, with defense man Dmitry Orlov shaking his fists in the air to get everyone pumped up. Afterward, the players left the dressing room down a walkway lined by fans and balloons as they headed out west.

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, who spent most of the time tossing rally towels and other items to fans, said he wasn’t the least bit surprised by the turnout.

“These fans love the players and all this pent up emotion and love, it’s great to see,” said Leonsis.

Anthony Colley of Glen Burnie, Maryland, had a prime spot as the players emerged, “so my son could see the future Stanley Cup champions,” he said. “I think they can do it, this is their year.”

Standing next to him was Vickie Wu, with her husband and son. They were also standing outside and cheering “to help support our Stanley Cup Champions, the Caps,” she said. “I believe they will do it.”

Game one will be Monday night in Las Vegas.

WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is in Las Vegas covering the Caps and the Stanley Cup. Full coverage on

John Domen

John started working at WTOP in 2016 after having grown up in Maryland listening to the station as a child. While he got his on-air start at small stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware, he's spent most of his career in the D.C. area, having been heard on several local stations before coming to WTOP.

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