Brett Connolly’s idea had to have seemed simple at the outset.
The little girl had been banging away on the glass during warm-ups before the Washington Capitals’ first round playoff matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets. What she lacked in age and stature, she clearly made up for in enthusiasm — so why not give the budding superfan a souvenir she could cherish?
So, the Caps winger plucked an extra puck from the corner and glided back, ready to play his part in a grand athletic tradition dating back at least to Mean Joe Greene: Hey, kid — catch!
But the world is not a Coke commercial. Sometimes, it’s got drama all its own.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 15, 2018
In case you haven’t yet, just go ahead and watch the video above. This humble reporter’s words won’t capture the laughter, the tears, the sheer three-act off-Broadway opus that unfolded in the span of a minute in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
Twice she watched as the puck tossed over the glass and destined for her got snagged by the taller boys beside her.