Following the team's championship victory last spring, captain Alexander Ovechkin went on record saying he couldn't wait for the visit, while teammates such as Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly expressed opposite opinions.
Barry Trotz, the Capitals' head coach at the time, noted he would do whatever the group decided and was unsure whether it would be a full-team outing, or just certain players electing to attend.
The annual championship visit has been a controversial topic over the past couple of years. President Donald Trump canceled the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles' visit last June. During the NBA Finals, both LeBron James and Stephen Curry insisted their teams would not attend if invited, resulting in Trump ultimately revoking the invitation.
The entire Pittsburgh Penguins team visited the White House after winning their most recent Stanley Cup in 2017.