Viral young Capitals fan to attend Game 5 vs. Blue Jackets (vid)
Keelan Moxley, the six-year-old Washington Capitals fan who became an Internet sensation last week due to her dogged, but repeatedly thwarted, pursuit of a souvenir puck at a recent playoff game will be back at Capital One Arena this weekend.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has invited young Keelan to attend the team’s huge playoff game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday in Game 5 of the teams’ first-round series.
Moxley was pressed up against the glass ahead of the Capitals’ Game 2 showdown with the Blue Jackets. Capitals forward Brett Connolly was doing his customary pregame routine of tossing pucks into the crowd. Despite Connolly’s best efforts to get Moxley a puck, the souvenirs kept getting snagged by other youngsters.
“I saw her, singled her out and then I tried to give her a puck,” Connolly said, via NHL.com. “Usually, I throw a puck every game [to a fan]. I’m kind of waiting for my shot, so I do it.”
Finally, on a third attempt, Connolly, who was making it clear who was the desired target, Moxley got her coveted puck.
“I saw her face and she was not happy, obviously. So I said, ‘I’ve got to get another one.’”
And the six-year-old’s reaction was beyond adorable and incredibly priceless.
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“I didn’t know until after the game my phone was blowing up and everybody had saw it,” Connolly said.
Connolly expressed hope that he may run into Moxley before the puck drops Saturday.
“I’m sure I’ll get to meet her. I’ll sure we’ll do something for her,” Connolly said. “It’s pretty cool. She seems like a great young kid with a ton of energy and a good attitude and a good little sense of humor. I’m excited to see where that all goes.”
The Capitals have crawled out an 0-2 hole to even up the series. Perhaps Moxley will be able to watch her Caps squad continue their monumental comeback Saturday night.