Members of a family defined by winning celebrated Saturday night with some athletes who broke Washington’s tradition of losing.
President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, were in a Washington restaurant Saturday when a collection of players from the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals descended upon Cafe Milano.
The Capitals, who captured Washington’s first-ever Stanley Cup on Thursday night, ended their own 44-year drought without the NHL’s top prize, but also broke D.C.’s 26-year streak since its last major sports championship.
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) June 10, 2018
Trump and Kushner, both of whom are advisers to the president, had their pictures taken along with playoff MVP Alex Ovechkin.
The players, who had spent the day celebrating, serenaded patrons with the tune “We Are the Champions,” according to CNN.
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) June 10, 2018
The fact that Ovechkin has been a supporter of Russian leader Vladimir Putin did not escape anyone’s notice, leading to a flood of social media comments about Russian collusion, according to Newsweek.
cnn is no doubt preparing a special report on how this is russian collusion since kushner and ivanka are caught clearly cavorting with russian deep cover special kgb agent alexander ovechkin!
someone sound the alarms!!!
— jd (@JohnDorian111) June 10, 2018
However, Ovechkin said he prefers to shun politics.
“I’m not a politic. I don’t know what’s happening out there,” he said. “I know it’s a hard situation, but it is what it is. You know, I play here, and this is my second home. I don’t want to fight between two countries, because it’s going to be a mess.”
Ovechkin received a shout-out from the president on Twitter.
Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular – a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways. What a time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018
“Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular- a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways! What a time!” the president tweeted.
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) June 9, 2018
During the day the Capitals celebrated, Ovechkin also threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game. The Nationals — who could be Washington’s next championship team — tied for the lead in the National League’s East Division after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-5.
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