I guess you could say that the whole town of Lovettsville is 100 percent behind the Washington Capitals and their effort to bring home an NHL title by winning the Stanley Cup Finals.
In fact, it is written all over the town.
The Lovettsville Town Council voted Thursday to officially change the name to “Capitalsville” in celebration of the Washington Capitals’ first trip to the Stanley Cup finals in 20 years.
“This is just a fun thing that we’re doing,” Lovettsville Mayor Bobby Zoldos said. “It officially started Thursday night at 11:06 p.m. and since then we’ve been using the title in everything we say and do.”
The Town Council passed the motion, but councilmembers said it was the mayor’s idea.
“It was the idea from the Mayor,” Councilman Jim McIntyre said. “He brought it to the Town Council and the Town Council, by resolution, changed the name of the town.”
The town will be called by that name until the end of the finals.
“This is a historic event,” McIntyre said. “They haven’t been in the finals in 20 years, have never won, and we in Lovettsville support the home team.”
The move is meant to show the town’s support for the hockey team. “Lovettsville, as with many towns in Northern Virginia, is a great fan of the Capitals,” Councilmember Tony Quintana said. “When we realized they were going all the way we felt it was a good opportunity to honor them by renaming the town from Lovettsville to Capitalsville.”
Residents have been equally supportive of the renaming.
“I’ve been a Capitals fan all my life so I think it’s great for the town,” Dave Garman said. “I think it’s good to be able to promote Lovettsville and show that we’re supporting the team.”
At the town’s festival known as Mayfest, many in attendance donned their Capitals apparel.
“It’s a good way to get some attention to Lovettsville and get the whole community rallied around a really special D.C. sporting event.” said one Capitals fan. “This whole region is very hungry for a successful team. I’m proud that my town of Lovettsville is embracing the fun of being in this position.”
The move, as well as showing the town’s support, has also brought some publicity with it. Something that is extremely beneficial to a small town like Lovettsville.
“Any mention of Lovettsville is a boom to our local businesses,” said Tiffaney Carder, a Lovettsville resident and the organizer of Mayfest. “This was just an extra opportunity that [the Mayor] created for the local businesses.”
“The No. 1 reason is that it’s going to bring a lot of people to this town and it isn’t going to cost us a dime,” Zoldos said. “It’s going to bring a lot of money to our businesses and that helps them stay viable here in Capitalsville.
“Generations haven’t even seen them be in the finals. It’s an exciting time for all of us.”
What’s his prediction? “They win in six.”