2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final Alex Ovechkin
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It’s probably every hockey player’s dream, but Alex Ovechkin finally got to throw a party of his own with the Stanley Cup and in Las Vegas.   

It’s almost too good to be true, and looking back on it all, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin probably wouldn’t have had it any other way. The seven-time Maurice Richard Trophy (NHL’s top goal-scorer) winner had to wait 13 NHL seasons to finally hoist the Stanley Cup in a Capitals sweater, which also entailed losing to the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins on three different occasions in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It’s been no secret for over a decade now that the Russian native knows not only how to have fun out on the ice by displaying his colorful personality, but Ovi knows how to party. Given that he and the Capitals finally won the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup championship in all places but Las Vegas, No. 8 was spotted out in Vegas living it up in the wee hours of the night.

The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore was fortunate enough to follow the Capitals all night during the after party shenanigans and spotted Ovechkin and company out at the Hakkasan nightclub in Sin City. Kilgore reported that Ovi and his teammates were having their fair share of adult beverages (rightfully so) and it seemed that Stella Artois was the beer of choice.

There were a few posts that took to social media of Ovi being alongside the D.J. Tiesto with Lord Stanley as the sniper’s wingman on stage.

There were even shots of Ovechkin pouring champagne into the Cup, and Ovi himself shared some videos with Lord Stanley for all fans to see what he considers a good time during Vegas’ first-ever victory lap.

Oh, and the Russian superstar was also spotted taking Cup photos with his supermodel wife who is expecting, in addition to all the madness.


While some fan bases may disagree, the NHL and Hockey World couldn’t have asked for a better story than Alex Ovechkin winning his first Stanley Cup and riding off with it into Las Vegas and onto the city’s strip. The fact that it was the Vegas Golden Knights’ first season, and Ovi was the first captain to win a Cup in Vegas makes the party that much better.

No one else should have won Lord Stanley in Vegas, and his first Cup, in Vegas other than the Great 8.

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