Beninati: 'No surprise' Caps are so willing to share Stanley Cup with fans

Chris Lingebach
June 11, 2018 - 9:34 pm
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Capitals fans gave the team everything they had in the Stanley Cup Final, turning out in droves even when the Caps were on the road to support their team. And, since winning the Stanley Cup last Thursday, clinching D.C.'s first professional championship in 26 years, the Caps have returned that love tenfold.

"I just love how they're sharing it with the people," Eric Bickel of The Sports Junkies remarked to Caps play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati on Monday. "I mean, honestly, it's just blown me away. I know it's kind of a tradition and this is what happens, but we're not used to this sort of thing."

"Nothing surprises me though about that about this team," said Beninati. "I think one of the reasons why this team became a champion was because they are such a tight-knit family unit, and I even experienced that with Craig Laughlin the other night when we were downtown. We went upstairs and we saw a little bit of the behind-the-scenes with the privates rooms. They are more apt to bring the Cup down the stairs to share it with the fans than they are to have it in their own surroundings, their own private time with it."

"But when they are there with it," he added, "they have such enormous respect for it that they keep wanting to share it time after time with as many fans as possible. Trust me, guys. They saw what I saw from the road, whether it be in Tampa or from Vegas, all these cutaway shots to reaction shots from (Capital One Arena).

"So they saw all that," Jason Bishop asked.

"They did. They were either seeing it or they were told about it, by loved ones, by friends," said Beninati. "And it was something that they got swept up in. So it's no surprise to see the pied piper, No. 8, leading the Cup around and wanting to share it with as many fans as possible, and every single guy will tell you the same thing."

Caps center Lars Eller, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 5, was taken aback by the fans' support as well.

"It just almost gives you chills," Eller told The Junkies later in Monday's program. "This city has just... turned into a hockey city here."

From the moment the Caps arrived back in D.C., they've made a point to share the (endless) celebration with their fans.

As a non sequitur, check out Beninati's cameo in Jakub Vrana's wild Instagram story from late Saturday night (1:25).

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