It has been a big 24 hours for the Caps’ John Carlson, who was named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic hockey roster on Wednesday. He’s the first Capital in team history to make Team USA.
The Caps held a news conference Wednesday night for Carlson outside of the White House.
“I’m just looking forward to being a part of this team over there,” Carlson said. “It’s going to be the chance of a lifetime.”
Carlson stuck around after the news conference to sign autographs and mingle with the small group of fans who had gathered to congratulate the Sochi-bound Olympian.
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After the White House appearance, Carlson headed over to Verizon Center for a round of applause from fans attending the Wizards game.
Carlson left Verizon Center to hold a conference call with reporters, and this morning at practice he was met with a round of stick taps, hockey’s version of an ovation.
The team also hoisted a banner over the practice ice at Kettler to celebrate the announcement.