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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis sends 200 employees to Vegas for Stanley Cup games

May 28, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Spectators gather before game one of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Las Vegas Golden Knights, team owner Ted Leonsis celebrated by treating 200 employees to tickets to either Game 1 or 2 and chartered flights to Sin City.

It’s the Capitals’ first time in the finals in two decades.

Leonsis surprised employees of his company, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, based on their ties to the team and their seniority, sending an email with a subject line “Let’s go to Vegas,” according to The Washington Post.

He also arranged for the selected employees to be housed at the Excalibur hotel and casino.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” one employee, Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, told the Post.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. ... He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

The employees who were on hand for Game 1 left disappointed, as the Capitals fell 6-4.

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

--Field Level Media