Hershey's sweet influence on the Stanley Cup Finals
It was the save of the year..and maybe any year for Braden Holtby and the Capitals to preserve their first ever win in the Stanley Cup Finals.
But fans from this area have seen his heroics before... when he was frustrating forwards in 2010.
So let's look back on how so many Caps and a Golden Knight all tasted the ultimate victory at the sweetest place on earth.
Zack Fisch is the play by play voice of the Hershey Bears, and he says, “We’re all kind of proud parents now watching them get to the next level.
This year especially... the Caps needed Hershey's best to step up.. and they certainly have.
But did Zack really see these guys as NHL starters?
He says defenseman Christian Djoos had a very good rookie season and expects even more in year two.
He thinks forward Jakub Vrana is a guy you knew would be a bona fide star, as far as skill set offensively when he was here. He thinks forward Chandler Stephenson always had the speed to succeed, but his path wasn’t an easy one. Chandler was sent back to Hershey in the early part of the season. Fisch says, “3831 No one picked him up on waivers.. And every other NHL team had an opportunity and probably kicking themselves now.”
Chocolatetown has seen so many champions and the repeat winners from 2009-2010 are among the best.
Fisch says about Jay Beagle, “He's a guy who won the Kelly Cup in the ECHL, two Calder Cups, and now going for the rare feat of the Stanley Cup too, the trifecta of professional hockey.”
John Carlson, and Braden Holtby also held up the Calder Cup back then... but they were joined by a now familiar foe.
Cody Eakin, who’s now playing for the Golden Knights was their teammate in 2010.
The Capitals have been criticized over the years as being chokers.. The team that couldn't get over the top.
Caps fans hope they've shed that title this year... and can rely on the success of these guys to add another title within the next couple weeks.