Greek-American Tycoon’s Hockey Side Makes Stanley Cup History

Ted Leonsis

The Greek-American owner of the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals has said lifting the coveted ice-hockey trophy was “never easy”.

Ted Leonsis, the Brooklyn-born tycoon with working-class Greek roots, was interviewed by the Washington Post shortly after his side lifted the North American title on Thursday with a 4-1 win over Western Conference champs, the Vegas Golden Knights.

It was the Capitals’ first Stanley Cup win in 44 seasons and an emotional Leonsis told the Washington Post: “It’s much, much sweeter to go through all of the pain and suffering to get to the top of the mountain. That’s the way life is. That’s the way great businesses get built. It’s never easy.”

Leonsis is an entrepreneur, sports team owner, philanthropist and filmmaker. His Monumental Sports & Entertainment business was founded in 2010 and manages professional sports teams and entertainment venues in the U.S capital.

In 2013, Leonsis spoke exclusively to Greek Reporter, talking about his Greek heritage, his thoughts on the economic crisis and what he believes is the real key to success.

Ted Leonsis (center, red shirt) brings the Stanley Cup to Washington DC fire and police.