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Fatima Al Ali of UAE helps welcome Capitals to the ice

Internet sensation and star of Hockey is for Everyone celebration back in Washington D.C.

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are for everyone.

The Washington Capitals invited back their old friend Fatima Al Ali back in the house for Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tweet from @Capitals: .@FatimaAl_Ali at Verizon Center! Tonight she was honored for receiving the Sports Achievement Award from Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE. pic.twitter.com/tiAElKZZXL

Al Ali, who plays for the United Arab Emirates women's hockey team and became an internet sensation when former Capitals star Peter Bondra tweeted a video showing off her impressive puck handling skills, was invited to drop the puck at Verizon Center during the team's Hockey is For Everyone month back in February.

According to the team, they had discussed another visit for a playoff game. And on Thursday night, it happened.

Tweet from @FatimaAl_Ali: Didn't think I'd do it but I'm at the airport going to US for the playoffs! Thanks again @MSE @UAEEmbassyUS @EtihadAirways @Capitals ���

Al Ali, after the 17-hour flight, helped Capitals announcer Wes Johnson welcome the team to the ice to thunderous applause.

Tweet from @Capitals: .@FatimaAl_Ali helping @WesJohnsonVoice with introducing the #Caps onto the ice tonight! #CapsPens #RockTheRed pic.twitter.com/VtAxIeMAo8

She was also recognized during the second intermission for receiving the Sports Achievement Award from the Deputy Prime Minister of UAE.

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