Ovi Love Fans)))))


Photo credit: Jonathan Hayward

Ever since Alex Ovechkin was drafted by the Washington Capitals, the strangest thing has been happening. In arenas across the continent– even when the Caps Road Crew isn’t in attendance– there always seems to be a bunch of Ovi super fans. I guess it’s hard not to love sick unbelievable goals, big hits, worrying fashion choices, and unintelligible tweets. It’s not just a D.C. thing.

Everywhere Ovi goes, he is mobbed. Fans want autographs, photos, or just a shared moment with The Ovi. He’s a legend after all– a generational talent that everyone wants a piece of. You’d think he’d have gotten numb to all of it.

In Vancouver on Monday, Ovechkin showed us that he hasn’t turned his cheek on the adoring masses yet. After three Hart Trophies, the little people still matter. One of those super fans attended warm-ups, holding up a sign reading, “All I Want 4 My 16th Birthday Is A Puck Ovi” [sic].

(First, points off for the missing comma before the direct address. Second, how do we know it’s your birthday? Show us the birth certificate!)

Ovechkin didn’t ignore it. He grabbed a puck off the ice and tossed it over the glass. The Canadian Press’s Jonathan Hayward snapped the brilliant photo at top.

Look at the kid: Her eyes are trained on the puck with pure excitement.  She’s all, “OMG, this is really happening. My hero is tossing me a puck. I should maybe drop this stupid sign and get ready to catch it.” There are amateur photographers to the kid’s left. They smile like, “Oh, gosh. That Ovi. Wotta guy. I am witnessing a moment here. Maybe I should be taking a photo of this like Jonathan Hayward of The Canadian Press.”

There are so many layers to this photo; it’s like a delicious lasagna of pixels. It’s a tiramisu of kilobytes. It’s a layer cake of bandwidth. I hope you enjoy devouring it as much as I did.

Update: The girl who caught the puck is named Tyler. She wrote about her special night on Tumblr and calls the experience the “BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE AND BEYOND THE GREATEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT I’VE EVER GOTTEN.” Also, there IS a comma on her sign. Boy, do I have yolk on my face.

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  • Brouwer Rangers

    Fire up that enhancer machine; I am pretty sure there’s a comma after puck.

    Also, and this may be awkward, but are you sure that’s a he-fan?

    It might be a lady-fan who’s simply sporting a short (or pulled-back) ‘do, and you’re just showing your masculicentric gender-norm biases or some such thing Peter might say. This fan looks a lot like Arya Stark from the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” which some of you may have heard of.

    (Also look at the dainty fingers.)

  • Brouwer Rangers

    I say that as someone who is a man with dainty-of-center fingers.

  • gmg22

    Are you sure the comma is missing? There’s a little smudge at the bottom of the K that might be it. Either way, Ovi doesn’t care. 😀

  • Norma

    All Caps players are awsome! Ovi tops em tho. I went to a practice one day at Kettler, stood along the glass and watch them just have fun. A puck shot up and got stuck on the top of the pole in the netting. My family and I slapped the glass and slapped the glass but nothing happened. Ovi, Green, John C. and Ward noticed what we were doing and rushed the glass. Down the puck came right onto my daughter’s face who was looking at Ovi not the puck. Great moment for us.

  • remrats

    At first look I thought it was a girl fan as well. Either way, good on Ovi!

  • Comments dedicated to whether or not there was a comma and Ian’s gender identity skills?

    Good work, Internet. Keep on keeping on.

  • nicoley-poley

    “they” is always an acceptable gender pronoun!

  • Juicy

    I wouldn’t be the internet without the Grammar Police.

  • Mmmmmmmmm grammarian me says no.
    Language-person me says no too.
    Intersectional feminist me says yes though.

    It’s complicated.

  • CRC Tripmeister

    We never cease to be amazed at how many Ovechkin fans we see on the road. Even those that aren’t Caps fans but fans of the home team will stop us and ask about Alex, with obvious envy that we get to see him every game. You can’t replicate that kind of charisma.

    Thanks for the mention!

  • I love you guys. Of course!

  • brian!

    I really like these little gestures, they help me believe the athletes really do care.

  • It’s okay. I will never get any slightly un-factual thing past our nerdy readers without it being thoroughly debated. That’s probably a good thing. 🙂

    Also, did The Brouwer Rangers just really drop the phrase, “masculicentric gender-norm biases” on our site. Wut?


  • Benjamin Scarbro

    All we need now is a “who/whom” controversy… And maybe a heated debate about oxford commas…

  • I am not sold that’s a comma. I thought initially it was a curl on the serif of the K. Damn that dasher board to hell for covering it up!

  • I will permit no debate on either issue.

    Except the thing about our style guide is that we encourage a conversational tone, colloquial English, and gonzo indulgences from time to time.

    So, really, it’s anything goes.

  • Please direct them to my RMNB sub-site, Patriarchy Machine Must Break, for further discussion.

  • Benjamin Scarbro

    There’s more than one way to skin a cat, Peter.

  • See that’s another thing. Is there? It’s a cat. Get a knife and start cutting its skin off. How else are you gonna do it? Also, stop skinning cats. Not cool. Kind of serial killer-y.

  • Benjamin Scarbro

    Shall we continue our conversationally toned debate on PMMB?

  • Ryan Glynn

    I’m a big Ovechkin fan, but one thing I don’t understand is why people abbreviate his name with OVI his name starts OVE and I personally prefer to just say OV.

  • Because @ovi8.

    Endonymic agency. See Patriarchy Machine Must Break for more info.

  • Shaun Phillips

    As a relatively new Caps fan (married into them), Ovi was one of my favorite players from another team even before I started following them. I think it’s because he seems like he’s genuinely having fun out on the ice and plays the game like all of us beer-league and weekend morning pickup players would do if we ever got to play in the NHL. All I really knew of him was his on-ice personality. Now that I’ve seen the off-ice stuff too, I can’t help but root for him even more. As long as he’s not playing my Wings. 😉

  • Update: I was wrong. Hahahahahahahaha [tears]

  • Brouwer Rangers

    Please note we were not questioning Ian’s gender identity skills, merely his gender identification skills! WORDS!

  • ringtail


  • Brouwer Rangers

    PATRIARCHY was the word I was looking for. Dangit. Although in hindsight I like my made-up word better. But that’s probably because I can be sure that a man made it up, revealing my own deep-seated patriarchal tendencies. Ugh what is wrong with me?!

  • Owen

    the title of this article is absolutely perfect

  • YOLK, thanks fixed.