Remembering the Summer of Ovi and the Caps

WASHINGTON — Believe it or not, the first practices for the 2018-19 NHL season begin Friday. Thus officially marks the end of the Summer of Ovi, the wildest extended championship celebration in recent, or even extended memory.

But before we drop the puck for another season, let’s take a walk down memory lane, starting with Game 5, and look at everything that’s happened since the Caps won the Cup.

Fans and Washington Capitals players celebrate a goal by Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 7: Caps win Game 5, 4-3, win Stanley Cup In year three of a two-year window, Alex Ovechkin and the Caps finally won it all. They exorcised their Pittsburgh demons, their closeout game demons, their 3-1 series lead demons. They were the champions. As the drama played out in Las Vegas, tens of thousands of fans went nuts both inside and in the packed streets around Capital One Arena long into the night. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Alex Ovechkin
June 9: The Cup comes home The Cup got a crash course in D.C. social hangouts. From Don Tito in Clarendon to the Georgetown Waterfront, to Nationals Park, it was the star attraction and played witness to some tattoo artistry and rudimentary attempts at aquatics along the way. There was much more revelry to come all around town, though. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Caps fans pour onto the National Mall for the rally and to get in position to see the parade. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
June 12: Caps victory parade in Washington It was, at last, time for a championship parade in Washington. T.J. Oshie drank a beer through his shirt. Ovechkin reminded us that he told us the team would, uh, not be bad. It wasn’t the most family friendly affair, but after the prior five days, what did anyone expect? (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
June 15: Georgetown Hospital visit The Cup made a visit, along with Ovechkin, to the pediatric cancer unit at Georgetown University Hospital. After all — the legendary trophy is more than just a drinking vessel. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz pauses during a news conference after hockey practice in Las Vegas. Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup.  The team announced Trotz’s resignation Monday, June 18, 2018.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
June 18: Trotz steps down He rode a horse. He shot a gun. But in a rare sobering moment this offseason, Barry Trotz stepped down as head coach. Trotz wanted to negotiate a better deal than the automatic extension that kicked in when he won the Cup. Unable to come to a new agreement, he signed with Islanders three days later. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) (AP/Ross D. Franklin)
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer, right, of Germany, celebrates with defenseman John Carlson (74) after an NHL hockey game as Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) skates away, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
June 23: Caps trade Grubauer, Orpik More reality of the offseason kicked in with the trade of Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche. But the Caps were able to get Orpik back after his contract was bought out, bringing him back on a new one-year deal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
John Carlson
June 24: Caps re-sign John Carlson The above trades were needed to open up enough room to keep Carlson, who landed a monster deal. Just four days later, the team inked playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly and Michal Kempny as well. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden talks with the team during a timeout in the third period of Game 1 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 29: Reirden introduced as head coach Washington didn’t travel far in the search for a new head coach, promoting former assistant Todd Reirden to the head spot. He’s certainly a familiar face, having been with the team since 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Fans rocked the red on Saturday at Fanfest for a picture with the Stanley Cup and a chance to get a peak at the team's development camp scrimmage at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
June 30: Fanfest overflows Fans waited for hours in the summer sun for their own chance for a photo with the Cup. Unfortunately, unprecedented turnout meant some still didn’t get their opportunity. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
July 4: Carlson raises money for cancer Fresh off his new deal, Carlson used his day with the Cup to help raise $100,000 to fight childhood cancer in Bethesda, where he lives. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, holds the Stanley Cup trophy at the fan zone in Moscow ahead of the the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup that is being played in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Ovechkin is bringing the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. Fresh off winning the NHL title, the Washington Capitals forward is taking the trophy to Moscow on Saturday, where it will be exhibited at a "fan fest" public viewing site ahead of Russia's quarterfinal game against Croatia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
July 7: Ovechkin shows off the Stanley Cup to the World Cup Washington’s Stanley Cup win couldn’t have come at a better time for Ovechkin, who got the chance to bring the hardware back to his native Russia just weeks later as the World Cup kicked off. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov) (AP/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Tom Wilson
July 27: Caps re-sign Tom Wilson With the re-signing of Wilson, Washington kept the team as intact as it possibly could given salary cap constraints moving into next season. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) (AP/John Locher)
Washington Capitals left wing Chandler Stephenson carries the Stanley Cup outside Elgar Petersen Arena during the Humboldt Hockey Day event in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Kayle Neis/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 24: Chandler Stephenson emotional Cup visit While many of the days with the Cup were spent living it up this summer, forward Chandler Stephenson spent his day with the trophy in the 6,000-person town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, where 16 people, including 10 junior hockey players, died in a bus crash in April. (Kayle Neis/The Canadian Press via AP) (AP/Kayle Neis)
Braden Holtby, T.J. Oshie
September 14: Caps hold first practice Whoa, that was quick. And while we may never really forget the Cup celebrations of 2018, hockey’s back already and the Summer of the Caps is officially over. Long live the Summer of the Caps. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (AP/Ross D. Franklin)
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Fans and Washington Capitals players celebrate a goal by Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Ovechkin
Caps fans pour onto the National Mall for the rally and to get in position to see the parade. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz pauses during a news conference after hockey practice in Las Vegas. Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup.  The team announced Trotz’s resignation Monday, June 18, 2018.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer, right, of Germany, celebrates with defenseman John Carlson (74) after an NHL hockey game as Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) skates away, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
John Carlson
Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden talks with the team during a timeout in the third period of Game 1 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Fans rocked the red on Saturday at Fanfest for a picture with the Stanley Cup and a chance to get a peak at the team's development camp scrimmage at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, holds the Stanley Cup trophy at the fan zone in Moscow ahead of the the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup that is being played in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Ovechkin is bringing the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. Fresh off winning the NHL title, the Washington Capitals forward is taking the trophy to Moscow on Saturday, where it will be exhibited at a "fan fest" public viewing site ahead of Russia's quarterfinal game against Croatia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Tom Wilson
Washington Capitals left wing Chandler Stephenson carries the Stanley Cup outside Elgar Petersen Arena during the Humboldt Hockey Day event in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Kayle Neis/The Canadian Press via AP)
Braden Holtby, T.J. Oshie


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