Some D.C. residents want to learn more about hockey after Capitals win Stanley Cup
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
A number of people in D.C. who said they didn’t know much about hockey now say they want to know more about it now that the Capitals are Stanley Cup champions.
The city went Capitals crazy on Tuesday to celebrate the team’s first Stanley Cup with a parade and rally.
But not everyone is overly familiar with the sport.
"You got to hit the little thing, the little circle,” D.C. worker Von Kirkpatrick said with a laugh while talking about the puck.
Have most D.C. residents even been to a hockey game?
"Never. Literally never,” Jessica Tillipman said. “I've been here 20 years in D.C. I've never ever been to a hockey game."
Yet on Tuesday, D.C. was all Caps, with an extra edition of the Washington Post, red in outdoor cafes, free posters on Metro and time off for federal workers.
"I am very enthused at the DC pride for the Caps, I must say,” Ben Zapp said. “On the Metro ride today, I was like, ‘Wow.’ It’s good to see the city coming together."
And it's brought in tourists from Hershey, Pennsylvania, to a D.C. guy who moved to Florida and cried for joy when they won.
"As soon as they announced the parade date, I went online and got myself some plane tickets to come up here for this,” former D.C. resident Gregg Wiggins said. “I been waiting since 1979, baby."