The White house hosted a meeting of U.S. President Donald trump with the Stanley Cup winner of the season-2017/18 the Washington capitals. The residence of the head of state visited the Russian legionaries of the team, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. The American leader highlighted the achievements of the team captain and admitted that he is a fan of his.

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For many years in the United States there is a tradition according to which team is the champion of the national sports League is honored to visit the White house and hold a meeting with the President. The winners of the tournaments football, basketball, baseball, and hockey regularly made visits to the residence of the head of state, however, in recent years several similar events were cancelled.

So, from talking with Donald trump refused, the NBA team “Golden state Warriors” and the NFL team “Philadelphia eagles”. But the players of the club NHL “Washington capitals” did not deprive themselves of such opportunities.

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The Stanley Cup winner of the season-2017/18 arrived in the White house almost at full strength. Refused to participate in the event only Canadians Braden holtby, Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly. All Russian legionaries “Washington” — Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov — do not miss the chance to talk to the President of the United States.

Of course, captain, “capitals” Ovechkin was the center of attention. Long before the appointed date, Alexander has not hide their desire to communicate with trump and noted that “such a chance may not be.” In particular, the forward admitted that he would like to ask the head of the White house, when will improve relations between Russia and the United States.

Trump took the ice hockey “Washington” in the oval office. Athletes wearing appropriate costumes to the event, and Ovechkin even shaved his beard in recent years has become an integral part of his image. The players gathered around the table of the head of state in such a way that all three of the Russians were on the right hand of the President.

First, trump congratulated the Kiev players from last year’s success, and especially warmly welcomed Ovechkin.

“Thank you very much. This is a huge honor for me, because I’m a hockey fan and a fan of “capitals”. I’m also a fan of his (at this point, the President patted Alexander on the arm. — RT). I have no choice, because Ovechkin is something special. Look at his hands,” — said trump.

The US President noted that last year the players, “capitals” has achieved incredible success, and Ovechkin was named one of its main creators.

“You had a great season, in which took over your old rivals and current Champions “Pittsburgh penguins”. To win brings you a very special athlete, a great player — captain Alex Ovechkin. Where Is Ivanka? She’s his friend and big fan. It is called Alexander the Great. He spent his entire career in “Washington,” his hard work and dedication to the team paid off,” said the American leader.

Trump also commented on the sniper achievements Ovechkin. In particular, he recalled that during the past season, Alexander has scored 64 goals, and compared it with the legendary baseball player Babam Root.

“I think in one season he had more home runs than anyone else. Other than that he was not a very good pitcher. Ovechkin was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the playoffs, it was easy. No more than he does not deserve, “Conn Smythe Trophy”. Alex, congratulations. In a few weeks we will be back to watch your performance in the playoffs. No doubt your team it’ll be great,” continued trump.

Trump also noted the merits of John Karlsson, setting a club record for points in the playoffs among defensemen. Cup Stanley American scored 20 efficient points.

“It’s great, isn’t it? I remember playing Bobby Orr. He was also an excellent shooting guard,” he said.

Special thanks from the American leader was honored and blacksmiths. Trump recalled that in the fourth match with the “Vegas Golden knights” the Russians repeated the League record for number of assists in the match of the final series of the Stanley Cup. Then Eugene four times acted as assistant.

“Eugene? Where is he? Look how young. You managed to assemble a truly formidable team,” admitted trump, referring to the owner of “Washington” Ted Leonsis.


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In conclusion, the President of the United States wished “capitals” good luck in the current draw of the playoffs and asked the players in the shortest possible time to win the Stanley Cup.

“You have the hearts of Champions, a fantastic owner. Good luck with “Washington”. Now everybody is talking about it, I can’t force people to be distracted by other things. So you have to win quickly, because we need to return to normal operation. I think you will achieve fantastic success. We are honored to have you over,” concluded trump.

After a short speech of Leonsis, in which he thanked trump for his hospitality and expressed hope that “capitals” for the second year in a row to become Champions of the NHL, the President offered Ovechkin to say a few words.

“We are honored to be here. We will try again to achieve this, winning the Stanley Cup. We have the same, but already experienced team. Try to repeat,” said Ovechkin.

Then trump once again shook hands with Ovechkin, after which the captain “capitals” and the U.S. leader exchanged a few words. Before leaving, the hockey players “Washington” presented to the head of the state hockey sweater of the club and also Golden stick decorated with a dedicatory inscription. In particular, it says the date of the final meeting of the final series with “Vegas”.