John Hathaway is the winner of the Washington Capitals dads trip.
Garnet Hathaway's father stole the show when he was interviewed by his son and Alan May on NBC Sports Washington during the first intermission of the Capitals' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
John and his wife Suellen raised Garnet in Kennebunkport, Maine and is something of a dads trip vet. He also attended when Garnet was a member of the Calgary Flames. On Saturday, he joined Garnet for the interview on NBC Sports Washington and offered some proud dad thoughts.
"I think as parents we try to teach them two lessons as kids growing up: If you can dream it, you can do it, and never, never, never give up," John Hathaway told NBC Sports Washington. "I think the dads are here tonight, and I think they're not only so proud for their sons, but they're happy for their sons because they know they had big dreams, dared to dream big and they never gave up."
The Capitals posted a photo montage of the Hathaways hanging Friday, with John appearing to do very dad things alongside Garnet. Garnet said he was happy to have his dad along, then proved it by scoring as part of a four-goal third period in Washington's 5-2 win.
"It's amazing," Garnet said. "Throughout the season you don't usually have that much time to really spend with [the dads], so we've had a great time going out to eat. Guys are bunking up with their dads too so it's made for a lot of fun, but a lot of time we're making up for since we don't really get to see them during the season."
John and Garnet weren't the only father-son combo enjoying the trip. Aleksei Samsonov got to see his son Ilya play in the NHL for the first time. Ilya made 26 saves and got the win.
"I [won] this game for him," Samsonov told NBC Sports Washington. "It was really important. I'm so happy."
And as per custom, some of the dads faced off against a few players in a postgame push-up contest.