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Fans dress up as officials at Blackhawks-Capitals game

Group cheers for on-ice foursome at Capital One Arena on Wednesday

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Most fans go to NHL games to root for their favorite teams and players. But a group came to Capital One Arena in Washington on Wednesday to cheer on the officials.

A large contingent of fans dressed in their best black-and-white attire threw their support behind the four on-ice officials during the Washington Capitals' game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tweet from @Capitals: They came to cheer for the refs. Nothing weird about it. #CapsHawks pic.twitter.com/5JQLtH8t6G

The group was made up of hockey officials from the Washington metro area. Members brought signs; one said "I (heart) icing." The group was so popular at the game that Slapshot, the Capitals' mascot, donned a referee's jersey and stopped by for a photo.

Tweet from @Capitals: Make some new friends @Caps_Slapshot? �� pic.twitter.com/a6k9E2gqDD

The fans were inspired when they saw a group of fans cheer the officials during the New York Islanders' home game against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5.

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