Capitals to visit White House on Monday

The Capitals will visit the White House on Monday to celebrate last June’s Stanley Cup victory after there was some uncertainty as to whether Washington would attend.

However, at least one player already has indicated he won’t make the trip. Forward Brett Connolly said he intends to “respectfully, decline.” He expressed last summer he would not attend if the Capitals were invited.

“That’s all I will say about it,” Connolly added, per the Associated Press. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It’s obviously a big deal and gains a lot of attention, but I have been in full support of an old teammate that I am really good friends with and I agreed with.”

Several other players, though, showed interest in celebrating their championship with President Donald Trump at the White House. Captain Alex Ovechkin said he “can’t wait,” while center Nicklas Backstrom said Tuesday: “It’s exciting. Any time you get an invitation from the president and be at the White House, it’s going to be a great experience.”

Goalie Braden Holtby was more reserved while discussing his interest last summer, saying the team would work to reach a decision together when the time comes.

“I don’t know. We’re gonna try and make that a group decision,” Holtby said in June, per NBC Sports. “Weigh the positives and negatives of everything. In any situation like that, you want to make sure you’re doing what’s right for what you believe in and that should take thought — and weigh a group decision.”

The Capitals won the Stanley Cup in five games, winning the series over the Golden Knights, 4-1, to give Washington its first title in franchise history.