Stanley Cup visits Capital Gazette

(PHOTO: Baltimore Sun)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Days after a devastating shooting that claimed the lives of five employees, the Capital Gazette received a special visit from the Stanley Cup.

The Capitals brought the cup to the Capital Gazette’s temporary office Tuesday.

Craig Leydig, an assistant equipment manager for the Washington Capitals, had a phone interview with a reporter with the newspaper on Thursday around 2 p.m. Shortly after hanging up the phone, Leydig saw the reports of a shooting at the Capital on his TV.

Leydig immediately called the reporter back to make sure he was okay. He was. However, Leydig couldn’t stop thinking about the five employees who were killed in the shooting.

Every coach, player, trainer, and equipment manager with the Capitals is allowed to spend one day with the Stanley Cup. When it became Leydig’s turn on Tuesday, he used his time with the cup to bring some joy to the Capital Gazette staff.

Leydig and his crew brought the Stanley Cup to the office in Annapolis Tuesday around 8:30 in the morning. During the 45 minutes that the cup was there, Capital employees got to admire and take photos with the trophy.