May 24, 2018

Vegas, Ovechkin and My Belief in Hockey Gods

You would think by now I - and the rest of the hockey world - would have learned to stop betting against the Vegas Golden Knights.

But here I will publicly predict the Washington Capitals will win the 2018 Stanley Cup final.

I do so largely based on my belief in hockey gods. Vegas has had their time all season. But after years and years of greatness and struggle, the ultimate reward will go to Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

In this day age of analytics in sport it seems like a silly notion to predict the Stanley Cup winner on some romantic idea that somewhere up above the likes of Rocket Richard and Gordie Howe are stewarding the game and rewarding those who deserve it at the right time. Though my belief in hockey gods was shaken terribly in 2011, the belief remains with me. It is my connection to when hockey was a simple game of my childhood.

The Vegas story is one for the ages.  But the hockey gods will now finally reward Ovechkin, the Capitals and their fans. The storybook ending will complete the saga for one of the greatest players of all time. It will cement his status as a future hockey god and future steward of the game.

This is Ovechkin's time. Only this time the whole hockey world is cheering for him.

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