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Wilderness Walk: Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals rule the day

After 43 years in the NHL, the Washington Capitals are finally Stanley Cup Champions

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NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Friyay everyone! If you live under a rock and did not hear, the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights last night 4-3. Wow, what a game, and what a finish. Alex Ovechkin finally got to hoist the cup, after a long 13 seasons and logging over 1,000 games played in the NHL. Even if you are not a big Ovechkin fan like myself, it was hard to hold back a smile while watching the whirlwind of emotions he had after the game.

OneRepublic’s All the Right Moves takes us through todays Walk. Just as the lyrics say, the Washington Capitals made “All the Right Moves” this postseason.

Wild News

Wild adds Ferreira to staff as senior advisor
ICYMI: After nearly three decades, Jack Ferreira's hockey career will come full circle.The 73-year-old former general manager of the Minnesota North Stars, who moved with ownership to the San Jose Sharks organization in 1990, has been hired as senior advisor to new Wild General Manager Paul Fenton.

Evason well familiar with leadership group he now joins
ICYMI: An offseason of tweaking has officially begun for the Wild under new general manager Paul Fenton, and no area of the organization is off limits to change.

On Frozen Pond

Kessel Signs with Riveters for 2018-19 :: University of Minnesota :: Official Athletic Site
The Official Athletic Site of the University of Minnesota - Gophers alum Amanda Kessel will return to the NWHL's Metropolitan Riveters for the 2018-19 season.

Owatonna Hockey Plans 50th Reunion Weekend
Owatonna hockey will celebrate a 50th reunion weekend September 21-22 with a golf tournament and social events.

Crews Prep Proctor's Arena Floor For New Hockey Arena |
The Proctor community is working hard on finishing up its’ new hockey arena located on Kirkus Street. Crews carefully poured concrete on the arena floor Thursday.

Off the Trail

Capitals win first Stanley Cup in franchise history, Ovechkin named playoff MVP | The Hockey News
With a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, the Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 44-year history.

Ovechkin leads Capitals to 'unbelievable' Stanley Cup
LAS VEGAS -- Standing on the ice at T-Mobile Arena after finally getting to skate around with the Stanley Cup, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin's eyes filled with tears while he listed the people he was happy for: his teammates, his wife Nastya, who is pregnant with their first child; his parents and the rest of his family; owner Ted Leonsis; and the fans back in Washington."We waited so long," Ovechkin said. "We waited 13 years to get the Cup. It's something special. It's unbelievable."

Golden Knights end 'unbelievable year' with loss in Cup Final
It was still a moment to savor. The Vegas Golden Knights' season had ended with a 4-3 loss in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday. They had to watch the Washington Capitals celebrate on their home ice at T-Mobile Arena.

Capitals win Stanley Cup, defeat Golden Knights in Game 5 of Final
LAS VEGAS -- The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.

Why every team should explore Jeff Skinner as a trade option this summer | The Hockey News
Jeff Skinner’s name has popped back up in trade chatter, and team’s looking to inject offense this summer should be keeping in close contact with Carolina and attempt to pry the 26-year-old winger from the Hurricanes. (cough, cough @mnwild)

Texas Stars' Mike McKenna Gets Another Shot at Calder Cup
The incredible journey of Mike Mckenna through 10 AHL cities in 13 years. The veteran has another chance to win the Calder Cup this season as his Texas Stars take on the Toronto Marlies.

Fuzzy History of the NHL Playoff Beard
With the 2018 NHL Playoffs winding down, learn the history of the playoff beard – a tradition that NHL players have taken part in since the 1980s and is now part of the NHL's pop culture.

After dropping Weight, here are five coaching candidates for the New York Islanders | The Hockey News
Upon relieving Doug Weight of his duty as coach, new Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello said the search for the next New York bench boss has already begun. Who could it be, though? Here are five potential candidates.

Pronman: Ranking 2018 draft-eligible prospects by tools – The Athletic
Ranking the top draft eligible players by certain skill sets.

Dellow: The nine worst defence pairs of 2017-18 – The Athletic
These defence pairs from eight different teams had that worst goal difference in the NHL.