He found joy in losing (and winning) as a devoted Nats fan from the beginning, and once wrote that Nationals Park was his 'own private paradise.'
The Capitals teammates continued their Stanley Cup celebration at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
After Joe Gibbs, the other three spots are up for debate.
Washington will open its first regular season as champions against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 3.
'Solly' has focused on the smaller issues during his campaign in an effort to stand out in a crowded field of candidates.
"I tell people, 'What have I done?' I’m only being a friend to a kid,” Neal Henderson, 80, said.
Some found the timing of Harper's new look, coming on the day of a doubleheader against the Bronx Bombers, to perhaps be less than coincidental.
"I had to have that little silent meltdown, which obviously now is not that silent,” the Washington Examiner's Kelly Cohen said.
Before the Capitals' coach resigned on Monday, Scotty Bowman in 2002 and Mike Keenan in 1994 were the two most recent examples.
Texas Tech shooting guard Zhaire Smith and Texas A&M center Robert Williams are commonly linked to Washington.