The two snowed-out Washington Capitals games over the weekend frustrated plenty of fans, but none more so than Simon Thurgren and Andreas Forsman, who flew from Sweden to watch their beloved Capitals play Anaheim Friday night and Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
But then the blizzard postponed both games.
Thurgren, a 26-year old IT contractor, is the self-proclaimed biggest Caps fan in Borlänge. He routinely stays awake until 3 or 4 a.m. to watch Alex Ovechkin & Co. play and he flew in for last season’s Winter Classic. His Twitter feed is all Caps.
The disappointment just reached the top! No #caps game for me this time and we're stuck inside haha
— Simon (@thugge21) January 23, 2016
Thurgren and Forsman arrived in New York on Wednesday, bused to Baltimore on Friday, then monitored the weather.
“We were actually thinking this is a normal Swedish day,” Thurgren told the Washington Post. “Where we are right now, it’s just snowing a little bit. They would never cancel a game because of this weather. I don’t know how it is in downtown D.C. Perhaps it’s worse there. But as it is here, no, it would never happen.”
Seeing the Post story Monday morning, Washington owner Ted Leonsis tweeted that he will invite the Swedish fans to be his guest in the owner’s box at a future game.
Just saw this – we will invite these fans as our guests to Owners Box! Stay tuned. https://t.co/KyRKvPltmN
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) January 25, 2016
It’s a nice gesture, and one that reminds us of hockey fan Rob Suggitt’s adventure last season.
Touring all 30 NHL cities to attend 30 games in 30 nights, Suggitt told us the Caps treated him better than any other team.
“They brought me to the game two hours before. I watched the players warm up with the soccer ball, saw the pre-game skate,” Suggitt said. “I got a chance to watch the third period in the owner’s suite. Met the owner of the Washington Capitals, Ted Leonsis. They’re just hockey fans there—a great experience.”
Although Thurgren is disappointed — his U.S. trip revolved around the snowed-out games — he will remain devoted to the Capitals.
“Now I’m looking for to the next trip,” Thurgeon said. “I will probably go during the playoffs if I really want to see them this year.”