Answer: Hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time!

Last night was the culmination of years of getting up before the sunrises for hockey practice, countless broken sticks, and we're pretty sure a well-dented garage door from practicing during the summer months for 4 Minnesotans on the Washington Capitals. Not only was history made by a Russian born hockey captain, Alexander Ovechkin, hoisting the Stanley Cup, but T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen, Travis Boyd, and Shane Gersich all are first-time winners too! 

For Oshie winning the cup was especially sweet. Oshie's father Tim was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and Oshie in a television interview said of his father "He doesn't remember a lot of stuff, but he's going to remember this".

Oshie attended and played for Warroad for high school, Matt Niskanen played hockey for played for the Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl, Travis Boyd attended and played for Hopkins, and Shane Gersich attended and played at Chaska.

All this Minnesota hockey history was made in part by the Washington Capitals ending 43 years of frustration and playoff heartbreak last night when they defeated Vegas in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final 4-3.

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