The two kapitans, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin

Sunday per, Washington Capitals Superstar Alex Ovechkin and recently-signed New Jersey Devil Ilya Kovalchuk held a charity hockey game at Sokolniki Arena in downtown Moscow. The reason? To raise money for the children affected by the terrible wildfires in Russia this summer. The high-scoring match ended in a 13-13 tie and raised 13,870,000 ruble or $451,900 American Dollars for the children’s fund.

Both teams were filled with past and present Russian Hockey Legends including on Team Kovlachuk: Evgeni Malkin, 2-time Stanley Cup Champion Vyacheslav Fetisov, and Dominik Hasek. Meanwhile Team Ovechkin featured Nikolai Zherdev and Vladimir Myshkin. Also, many Russian political figures participated in the game who were spread across both rosters.

Several famous Russian celebrities also showed up to support the game. The most notable of such was Leonid Yakubovich, host of the Russian Version of the “Wheel of Fortune.” Leonid is generally considered the most well-known television personality in the country. You can actually see him posing in a photo (center) with Alex’s Dad, Mikhail Ovechkin (right), below.

Mikhail Ovechkin, Alex's Father, was in the stands

Three 15 minute periods were played in the charity game and both “Kapitans” fared well: Ovechkin managed to score two goals while Ilya Kovalchuk had a hat trick. At the end of the third period, Team Ovechkin “won” 9-7. However, since it is customary that charity games in Russia always end in a tie, the teams agreed to have a fourth period. The game-tying goal was eventually scored by Evgeni Malkin.

Naturally, the final score of the game was secondary to the reason for the event in the first place. Over 15,000 people have died in Russia this summer from the heat-wave and its subsequent wildfires and smog. And we here at RMNB couldn’t be more proud of Ovi for putting his celebrity to good use and bringing so many influential people together. The money raised will ultimately make a huge difference in the lives of others who have suffered through an unimaginable tragedy.

Additional Photos

Alex Ovechkin gets in a playful tussle with someone on Team Kovalchuk.

Check Presentation


Alex Ovechkin signs autographs for kids.


If you’d like to read up more about the match and see some post-game quotes from the players, check out Alex Ovetjkin’s brilliant recap.

  • CapsFan1975

    It was a great and thoughtful thing that Ovi and Kovy did — organizing a game to benefit the victims of the wild fires in Russia.

    Ovi is not the only Cap doing stuff for charity. Semin also visited an orphanage in his native city and donated much sports equipment as well (Details could be found on the alexovetjkin blog, with some video — all in Russian.) Semin had noted that its

    My kudos to both of them (Ovi & Semin)! Along with everyone else who contributed.

  • BobbyG

    I’ve never been much of a Kovy fan, but I will give him props–and of course to Ovie too–for organizing this charity hockey game. I am very impressed with both of them, and also Semin for visiting an orphanage bringing gifts, for their superb charity work. Nice going guys!