In honor of our Washington Capitals making the playoffs I thought I’d share my favorite Washington Capitals-themed wedding ceremony story.

Raised in Detroit, Michigan I fell in love with my hockey team – the Detroit Red Wings – at an early age.

As a child my father used to take me to watch Gordie Howe play – the best two-way hockey player in the history of the NHL . Once you saw Gordie Howe play you are hooked on hockey for life.

Fast-forward to September 2012, Bristow, Virginia and Keith and Kristy’s wedding.

Keith and Kristy are huge Washington Caps fans so they hired the Capital’s mascot Slapshot – as the SURPRISE ring bearer. And boy, it surprised everyone.

When I asked the guests to stand for the bride’s entrance in walked Slapshot. Everyone clapped and cheered and then the bride came entered and the guests clapped and cheered again.

I, of course, had to include a few hockey metaphors during the ceremony. I also had to ask the bride and groom if they will “support the Washington Capitals in good times and bad”; they said yes.

When I asked for the rings Slapshot leaned in for a photo with the couple and provided the rings.

It was unique, it was fun, and a good time was had by all.

UPDATE: Of course the CAPS lost to the dreaded Penguins. Next should be interesting with all the anticipated roster changes.

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