90-year-old Washington Capitals superfan 'guardedly optimistic' for Stanley Cup victory

- If you consider yourself the ultimate Caps fan -- Grace Cohen will give you a run for your money.

She's been rocking the red, and every other color scheme since the Washington Capitals became an NHL franchise more than 40 years ago.

The longtime season ticket holder was at the game Monday night, watching from one of the best seats in the house -- the owner's box with none other than Ted Leonsis himself.

"It was one of the most exciting nights of my life to be in that box. It really was."

Considering Grace Cohen of Alexandria is 90-years-old -- that's saying something. She's about as serious and dedicated a Caps fan you'll ever meet.

"Never go to a game without my jersey."

Grace has been to each of the caps' home playoff games this spring. Including Monday night's Game 4, which she watched from the owner's box.

"Being in the box was unbelievable. I did high fives with senator warner of Virginia. How would I ever get to do that?"

She's been a season ticket holder since the very beginning, the 1974-75 season. Cohen got her invite to the owner's box on Monday from the man himself, Ted Leonsis, after a chance meeting at Capital One Area during the series with Tampa Bay.

"When I told him I thought he was the best owner in sports he whipped out his camera" and took their picture.

"And I said 'Mr. Leonsis. I have never had the honor or the privilege of sitting in the owner's box in all the years I've been a season ticket holder."

"He said 'If we get to the finals you will be," and I did go."

One of her many photo albums documents the team's history. She's been with the Caps through thick and thin. She's had the opportunity to get to know many of the players personally over the years.

"I just think the stars are aligned correctly. That's the only reason I can give."

She already has her own tiny replica of the Stanley Cup.

"I am guardedly optimistic. I'm not going to say yes. Even though we are up three games to one?  I am guardedly optimistic."

And if the Caps do bring home the Stanley Cup, Grace says she'd like to share it with her late husband Jay, who was also a big-time fan.

"If I could take it out to his grave because I just thought it would be so incredible. It'll not happen but I had this crazy idea."

Almost as crazy as being a win away from Washington's first major pro sports championship in a quarter century.

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