The Caps’ win in Boston on Thursday was good timing for a team still fighting for a playoffs berth, but it was also perfect timing for 30 young hockey players, who got a chance to meet one of the the world’s most recognizable hockey stars.
It was a particularly special moment for the youth affiliate of the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, who were in Boston for the Transatlantic Invitational Hockey Tournament, which brings together local and overseas clubs for a week-long event. KHL chairman Andrei Kovalenko contacted Alex Ovechkin to see if he’d be willing to meet the youth players, the Boston Herald’s Tom Layman reports, and Ovechkin was happy to do so after the team’s morning skate in Boston.
“He called me and said that some of the Russian teams (are) in Boston and if you have a chance to meet them it will be cool for them. I said right away,” Ovechkin said. “For kids it’s going to be a memory for their whole life, and you never know maybe they are going to be future stars and they are going to play here. Maybe they are going to play with me or against me, and they will say remember that one time in Boston.”
Watch Ovechkin meet and and interact with the kids in the Boston Herald video below!
S/T Sergey Kocharov for the link.