The Washington Capitals will be attending the White House on Monday however one player has already used his right to decline the visit.
Brett Connolly has respectfully declined his invitation to the White House due to differing opinions and support of an unnamed teammate. Connolly stated that he's in full support of a former teammate that he's very close to. He also stated that his former teammate should be back on the team by the end of the year.
Capitals' Brett Connolly explains why he "respectfully declines" invitation to visit White House:https://t.co/3rp2d8kydO— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) March 20, 2019
Connolly is only the first to decline invitation to the White House but some teammates are still trying to relive their high during their infamous run.
Connolly's description of his teammate sound awfully reminiscent of Devante Smith-Pelly, who was recently waived by the Capitals. Additionally, Smith-Pelly has been quite outspoken of his distaste for President Donald Trump, stating that the things he says are "straight up sexist and racist."
Smith-Pelly was a key component to the Capitals Stanley Cup run but was sent to AHL Hershey in February.
Brett Connolly said he stands by his decision not to go to the White House. Said he’s supporting a good friend who he agreed with (Devante Smith-Pelly).— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) March 20, 2019
Gotta respect Connolly for supporting his friend like that, even if they're not technically playing together anymore.
Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Tom Wilson all expressed their excitement for the visit and the honor of being invited by the President. Championship teams have recently skipped out on their invitation to the White House, including the Philadelphia Eagles and Golden State Warriors. However, the NHL champions regularly have made their trip to the White House.