Heading into Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights with an opportunity to take home the cup, Smith-Pelly had thoughts on the president’s governing and certain comments. He spoke about the possibility of visiting the White House in the coming months should they win the series, saying,
“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist. Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross … It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up.”
Smith-Pelly has been one of the brightest spots for the Caps during these playoffs, with six goals overall and two in the current series against Vegas. His comments don’t offer insight into what other players are feeling other than that it hasn’t come up as a group.
But it looks like at least one player on one of the nation’s capital’s top teams won’t be visiting the White House and shaking hands with Trump. If the Capitals win, of course.