Photo credit: Kris Connor
Alex Ovechkin, sporting 10 stitches on his forehead after taking an errant puck to the face during Caps practice, traveled into DC this afternoon to celebrate his new wax immortality.
Surrounded by children from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, who were all rocking The Great 8′s signature gap-toothed smile, Ovechkin unveiled the figure to a horde of media and a few hundred passersby. To the surprise of no one, the wax figure’s resemblance to the Capitals captain is uncanny.
And rightly so. Ovechkin spent hours over the summer allowing studio artists from Madame Tussauds to take more than 250 precise measurements and photographs, capturing the two-time MVP from every angle. The artists then began work on the figure in early July and finished it just a few weeks ago. Ovi donated his Capitals uniform, pads and equipment– in which the figure is dressed– to ensure its authenticity.
Sure the Capitals are undefeated and sit atop everyone’s power rankings this week, but here’s one more accolade: Ovechkin is the second hockey player to ever be immortalized in wax. The other one was Wayne Gretzy. In your face, Crosby.
Aww. Ovi poses with kids from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club. (Photo credit: Madame Tussauds’s Facebook page)
Wax Ovi: Accurate to the point where it is almost scary. (Photo credit: Capitals Overtime)
Ovi and his father Mikail pose with the new wax figure. (Photo credit: @christinesimpsn)
Ovi does a double-take after looking at his new replica statue. (Photo credit: Kris Connor)
A close-up of Alex Ovechkin’s wax head before being colored. (Photo credit: Madame Tussauds’s Facebook page)