National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry each told reporters Tuesday that they would not attend if invited after winning a championship.
Before departing for an global summit in Canada, Trump said he wouldn't invite either the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers, the two teams in the NBA Finals, but added, "we have other teams that are coming".
The decades-long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House has become controversial under the Trump administration as athletes opt out of visiting the president to protest his rhetoric.
"I think we'll have the Caps".
"I saw the puck coming toward my foot, it hit my foot, and that's when I blacked out", Smith-Pelly said. "You know, my attitude: If they want to be here, it's the greatest place on Earth, I'm here".
It's a scene that didn't seem possible for Smith-Pelly, who was bought out by the New Jersey Devils following the 2016-17 season and had to make the Capitals out of training camp after signing a one-year, two-way contract for $650,000 as an unrestricted free agent July 3, 2017.
"The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist", Smith-Pelly said the day before Thursday's Cup-clinching Game 5 win.
The Capitals right wing, who was the victim of racial taunts during a game in Chicago earlier this season, said he doesn't "know all his other political views", but also stated that some of what Trump has said is, "pretty gross". The first came in game six in the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets and the second came in game four of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vegas Golden Knights.