Washington Capitals fans celebrate at a viewing party in Washington after Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas, Thursday, June 7, 2018.
And how those long-suffering fans have waited for this celebration.
Captain Alex Ovechkin fired up fans who filled the National Mall down to the Washington Monument by reminding them that he said at the start of the year they weren't going to be as bad as some thought. Among others, Ovechkin has been spotted with the cup at Nationals Park, in the middle of Georgetown doing keg stands, and manning the grill singing Queen's "We Are The Champions".
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, left, from Russian Federation, holds up the Stanley Cup during the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup parade and rally at the National Mall, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Washington. The route will continue down Constitution Avenue to 7th Street Northwest, passing the White House along the way.
Ovechkin sat at the front of the double-decker bus, alternating between resting his arms on the trophy, raising it, and drinking out of his blue Bud Light bottle. As NPR has reported, the Capitals' championship is Washington's first in one of the country's big four professional sports leagues since its NFL team won the Super Bowl in 1992. The parade will end with a rally on the National Mall.
Washington Capitals NHL hockey team left wing Alex Ovechkin, from Russian Federation, holds up and kisses the Stanley Cup during a victory parade and rally at The National Mall, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Washington. Fans lined the exit to the arena chanting and cheering as players boarded several buses to get to Constitution Avenue. Holtby started 22-of-24 games between the pipes for Washington and earned all of the team's victories. The D.C. Air National Guard will also perform a flyover.More news: Liverpool goalkeeper target 'very happy' to stay put, claims World Cup victor