Capitals Give Vrana Emotional Jumbotron Tribute In Return
The Washington Capitals welcomed Jakub Vrana back with an emotional jumbotron tribute as he played in his first NHL game since October and his first against his former team following time in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program.
WASHINGTON — Making his long-awaited return to the NHL after time in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, Jakub Vrana fittingly drew in for the Detroit Red Wings to face his former team for the first time in what also marked his D.C. homecoming. And despite him being on the other side, the Washington Capitals welcomed him back with open arms.
Washington paid tribute to the Czech winger with an emotional jumbotron tribute highlighting his impressive career, from his 13th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft to his first NHL goal to his Game 5 goal in the Stanley Cup FInal that helped the team capture its first championship.
It's good to see you, V!#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/xOVDm3nsVU
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 22, 2023
The 26-year-old was emotional and all smiles as he watched the tribute and saluted the crowd, who gave him a standing ovation.
Standing ovation and an emotional moment for Jakub Vrana in his homecoming and first NHL game since time in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. pic.twitter.com/8a92drP3xh
— Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) February 22, 2023
Vrana was traded to Detroit at the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline in a blockbuster deal for Anthony Mantha. The 26-year-old has appeared in just 39 games for the Red Wings amid injuries and time in the PA program, but he has 22 goals over that span.