HBO 24/7: A Cameo of Sorts for One Fan

Ellen's Alex Ovechkin Doll

Okay, this story is too cool to spoil. Guest writer Ellen T. is a Caps fan with an talent for arts and a thing for the Alex Ovechkin. We’ll let her take it from there.

Two years ago, before the first Caps Convention, I found a pattern for a knitted hockey player. Yeah, I know; I’m a 23-year-old girl that knits– cool or lame? Anyway, I thought as a joke I would knit one for my friends, so I knitted a little stuffed Ovechkin.

Adorable, right?

My friends thought it was funny, so they dared me to give the doll to Alex Ovechkin at the Caps Convention when I would get my picture taken with him. I took the doll, and when it was my turn, I nervously said, “hey, I knitted this doll this summer and thought you might like it.” He smiled and accepted it, and then we took the picture. Not ’til later did I realize the doll was in the picture, which was a treat.

Alex Ovechkin and his new doll poses with Ellen

Ta-Da! Me with the one and only Alex Ovechkin, and the knitted doll.

Ignore my awkwardness in this picture. I was nervous and excited, and I guess that turned into a weird smile and posture. I swear I usually take better pictures.

Moving on. Did you watch the HBO 24/7 first episode? [Ed. note- Yup.] Well, I did, and I noticed something. When they show the pictures of Alex as a boy on his shelf, you see an Ovechkin bobblehead. Pan left, a picture of kiddie Alex. Pan left, and– What’s that!?! That’s my knitted doll right beside the picture!

Alex Ovechkin's prized momentos at home

Let me tell you: I let out the biggest fangirl scream ever! I never would have thought that the silly knitted doll I gave to Alex on a dare would still be…well, there. I figured the doll would have been thrown away or shoved in a box somewhere with all the other stuff fans give him. Nope, the doll is on Ovi’s shelf. Yay!!!

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  • Oh man, this is the cutest thing!!

  • That’s simply awesome.

  • Jenna

    Congratulations! That is freaking AWESOME! 🙂

  • WashCapsRock

    Simply awesome!!

  • Mary K

    That. Is. Awesome.

    And it is totally cool that you can knit!

  • ha

    That’s awesome.

  • Dawn

    Awwwww, that’s so wonderfully sweet. 🙂 Congratulations, lady! <3 Your doll has won the heart of the mighty Ovechkin.

  • Too cool!!!

  • Hailey Merlo

    my cousin is the coolest cousin ever!!!! i love you ellen! <3 😀

  • Her Mom

    The knitted doll from the Mom’s point of view…She had a lot of fun making the knitted doll. She kept it in her room until the fated day she decided to take it to the Caps Convention. She worried about giving him the doll. Was it lame? Would he think she was a crazy fan? I still have the picture of her and Ovie and doll on my phone and it makes me smile when I see it. Then yesterday, I get a 2:00 AM wakeup call when she sees the doll on the HBO special. Can you imagine my shock waking up to a phone call at 2:00 AM and my daughter is screaming, “It’s on his shelf, It’s on his shelf”? After I got her calmed down and understood what she was talking about, then I was screaming, “It’s on his shelf, It’s on his shelf.” What a fun experience that yarn has given our family.
    GO CAPS!!!

  • taylor

    Would you mind giving me the instructions?! This is so cute!

  • dad

    First it was her sign that appeared on an ESPN’s TOP 10, then a carved caps pumbkin that made the NHL website & now her Ovie doll on HBO.

    Come on Caps, she is a college grad. Isn’t there a job for her in your maketing department?

    I wasn’t a hockey fan until Ellen started so now we go at least once a year.

    GO CAPS!

  • BobbyG

    Ellen, you are so cool to be able to knit. What a fabulous story, and what an awesome pic of you, Ovie and the doll at the Caps Convention. And what a thrill it must have been for you to spot it on the HBO show, next to the photo of young Ovie! I wish I were more craftsy. I’d make a doll just like it and put it in my Christmas stocking as a gift to myself. Of course I’d much prefer the real life sized flesh-and-blood Ovie doll under my tree LOL.

  • Natasha

    wow, that’s just too good to be true. congratulations, lady! great job! let’s give ovie a due credit, he seems to be quite sentimental.

  • Paula

    That’s so great!!! Nice to see how much Ovi cares about his fans 🙂

  • Manda

    I totally have goosebumps.

    @Mom and Dad, good job!

  • barb

    that’s really really very cool! i would have squeeeee’d too!

  • Rockin’ The Red in VA

    That’s totally sweet! Congratulations Ellen

  • Elyssa

    I love it! So cool and super cute. My boyfriend and I are getting ready to watch the 24/7 special again together now so I’m definitely going to look for this. I can’t knit to save my life, but I would pay to have one of those cuties to cuddle in Green ;o)

  • That is awesome!

  • miseenjeu

    Adorable. I second the request for instructions.

  • CDizz

    Crosby didn’t like my knitted doll I gave him =(
    …then again, that one was full of needles

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  • Tims Mom

    You go Ellen. How about making one in black and gold. Congrats and hugs.

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  • not only is the doll and this story awesome, but the fact that Ovie liked it enough to not only keep it but also to display it just goes to show you how special of a guy, Alex really is. 🙂

  • Peter Hassett


    I agree. Alex has a reputation, but there’s also some evidence that’s a sentimental softy. This is more of that.

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