Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup: Here Are All the Places They've Been To

Since the Washington Capitals clinched their first ever Stanley Cup on Thursday night, they have celebrated in style.

It's hard to begrudge them, given they were responsible for bringing the franchise's 44-year wait for the trophy to an end, becoming the first Washington-based team to win a major title since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals carries the Stanley Cup in celebration after his team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena on June 7. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

If that wasn't enough, the Caps clinched the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas, a place that knows a thing or two about celebrations. The party started Thursday night on the Las Vegas Strip, carried on into Friday as the Caps flew back to Washington, and then into the weekend, as a boisterous crowd welcomed the Capitals at Nationals Park.

From there the party made it to Georgetown. Wherever the Caps went, the Stanley Cup and refreshments followed.

Caps captain Alexander Ovechkin has certainly made the most of the revelry, drinking in every step of the victory lap—and a copious amount of beer—he must have dreamed of since he moved to Washington 13 years ago.

The Russian sang "We Are the Champions" while getting sprayed with beer, and on Friday managed the rather unique feat of bringing the Stanley Cup into a Vegas club, where he let loose alongside famous DJ Tiesto.


— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 8, 2018

.@tiesto and @ovi8 - just two living legends - this is unfreakinbelievable #ALLCAPS #STANLEYCUP

— Mitchell Tischler (@Mitch_Tischler) June 8, 2018

But the celebrations took their toll, as a picture tweeted by Nicklas Backstrom showed, with Ovechkin sleeping on the flight back to Washington while hugging the Stanley Cup.

Hey DC. We are coming in hot!#ifthereisonecitythatdiservesthis?

— Nicklas Backstrom (@backstrom19) June 8, 2018

"The Great Eight" was later spotted holding the cup aloft in the middle of the inning as the Capitals attended the Nationals' match against the San Francisco Giants.

Alex Ovechkin is just holding the Stanley Cup up in the middle of the inning. They won’t put him on the Jumbotron because the ball is still in play lmfao #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup

— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) June 9, 2018

Ovechkin probably reserved his best for the Caps' party in Georgetown, drinking beer from the Stanley Cup before swimming with his teammates in a public fountain and then meeting Ivanka Trump.

So the Cup made it out to Georgetown (via @tonyandjoes):

— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) June 9, 2018

important video I have acquired from the waterfront @dcsportsbog

— Perry Mattern (@pmattern7) June 9, 2018

After a hectic few days, the Capitals' captain obviously felt the need to recover and get some rest, so he headed to bed with his pregnant wife, Nastya. Ovi being Ovi, he opted to take the Stanley Cup with him too, just in case he hadn't spent enough time with the trophy since first getting his hands on it Thursday night.

By all accounts it sounded as though the Capitals and Ovechkin had an incredible few days, but the real test looms large on the horizon. No, not the training camp ahead of next season, but their victory parade, which is scheduled for June 12.

It would be a huge surprise if Ovi didn't lead the party once again.