[Editor’s Note: Though he’s one of the best players in the world, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is also a normal guy who likes to take in a movie every now and then. That’s how RMNB reader Mahesh P. came to run into him and have a night he’ll remember forever. Let’s turn it over to Mahesh.]

My brother and I found out that Troy Brouwer would be at Tysons Corner Mall a few Thursdays ago, so we decided to go meet him. We were indeed successful in meeting him and he seemed like a really nice guy. I told him that I really like the way the 2nd line is playing right now and that they are cycling the puck really well, which he agreed with obviously. I also mentioned that I really like when Oates puts Fehr in the top 6. To this, Brouwer said “I agree, I think Fehr is really good because he plays well.” So, I would call that a successful meeting.

As amazing as the night had already been, it did not end there.

My brother and I decided to go to see the new Hunger Games movie in the same mall after meeting Brouwer. We debated whether or not to buy the tickets on our phone before dinner so that we wouldn’t have to stand in line at the box office. For the rest of my life, I will be thankful that we decided not to buy the tickets in advance.

We were in line at the box office to buy the tickets when my brother noticed a group of 4 people in front of us. They were: Dmitry Orlov, his girlfriend, Maria Kirilenko and… Alex Ovechkin!

Yes, I met my hero, the greatest player to ever play the game of hockey, on Thursday night! It took about a minute for my heart to stop beating rapidly and for me to recover from the initial shock of this extraordinary sight. I felt bad to interrupt his night off with his fiance and friends, but I overcame my initial nervousness and plucked up the courage to ask him for a quick photo.

I said, “Sir, Ovi, I’m really sorry, but would you mind taking a quick picture with me?” I half expected him to just ignore me and walk away, but, without hesitating, he said “Sure!” This shows how nice a guy he really is.


Ed. note: Ovi looks thrilled. Also note Orlov ordering tickets behind them.

The night did not end there.

It turned out that Ovi and his group had decided to see the same movie as my brother and I. This was an IMAX theater, in which you have to pick your exact seats at the box office. It turned out that, by chance or destiny, we picked seats in the same row as Ovi’s group! There were just a few empty seats separating me from my idol as we watched the same movie just a few feet apart!

I was happy enough meeting Brouwer, but I could never describe my feelings after meeting Ovi. I am still a little bit in shock, but for the rest of my life, I will be thankful that my brother and I decided not to skip the box office line by buying tickets in advance.

  • Lawrence

    That is a great story! Wish it happened to me!! haha

  • Shawn Murphy

    Everything about this awesome.

    I just want to posit that maybe, just possibly, when this fan is referencing fate and / or destiny as a cause for his great encounter, the fortuitousness he is actually referring to is in fact.. Brouwer Power

  • Yo8

    I don’t like to pick on whatever the hell Ovi wears most of the time but I will never get those sleeveless sweater things. Like what’s the point of just covering the torso?

  • BrazGoalie

    Is it just me or Ovie looks pissed off?

  • A_Shoe


  • Original introduction to this post, vetoed by Ian:

    “Despite being one of the best hockey players in the world, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is a normal guy who likes to watch children kill each other with swords and and bows and arrows. Reader Mahesh P. is also into movies about coerced child murder, and that’s how this story came about. Let’s turn it over to Mahesh.”

    I still don’t see what the problem was.

  • Jack Conness

    That is the coolest day EVER! Congrats on your awesome day!

  • He hates President Snow

  • Haha. I just felt like that wasn’t the right vibe, you know?

  • Brouwer Rangers

    I have this nagging feeling this story would be much better with a cleverer introduction.

  • Lawrence

    Hard to always put on a smile for pictures haha. I wouldn’t read too much into his mood, the fact that he took the time to take the picture says it all.

  • Bob

    Also notice how Nicky is not there, once you have a kid you cant bro out anymore on school nights

  • Yup.

  • William Obuschking Busch

    funny if i stood next to ovi id tower my buddy lol..needs to visit canada more..

  • Sidewinder

    Very cool. It’s awesome how open hockey players are with their fans in general. Try getting a picture with a multiple-time MVP of the NFL… yeah right.

  • William Obuschking Busch

    naw but ud get tired of smiling 1000 times a days..good on the guy least he did it.

  • Yo8

    I think they all stop going out together when they got in serious relationships just like Nicky said in his recent interview.

  • Margaret McGuire

    there is no cooler feeling when you run into a hockey player when you’re out doing everyday things and totally not expected it.

    I was shopping at Target and I noticed the person behind me in line was Mike Green, I mustered up the courage to ask for a pic which he without hesitation said yes.

    I was at church for Midnight mass last Christmas and guess who was sitting in the pew in front of me? Brooks Laich and +/- guru Jeff Schultz. Brooksie was kind enough to take a pic with me after Mass. God works on mysterious ways 🙂

    but nothing will ever top the time I was in Vegas for the first year the NHL Awards Show were there. I was staying at the Palms and went to the pool for a dip. Guess who I see poolside shirtless… Alex Ovechkin! I closed my jaw and asked for a picture which he thankfully did and it is my favorite picture with Ovie of all time

  • Pat Magee

    Awesome…. I wouldn’t have been able to ask him!! I would feel like i was bothering him lol

  • oryp

    Not a multiple-time MVP (yet), but RG3 goes to my church and used to live in the next neighborhood over. Still haven’t seen him there, but I’ve heard a bunch of people who have. He gave out socks for Halloween apparently.

  • Roman Z.

    Haha great pics!
    Also old Ovi looks like a legit pimp lol

  • Shawn Murphy

    Duly noted!

  • Owen Johnson

    Not really MVPs, but Kirk Cousins and Ryan Kerrigan sat behind me one time at a Nats game. They were trying to be as incognito as possible, but they were pretty nice when I talked to them (and they signed my Nats cap). Also, John Walton was sitting in the section next to me. That was the only day I have ever randomly run into anyone famous.

  • Kyle R

    I feel like I see this guy (Mahesh P.) in College Park all the time. I could be wrong, but he looks really familiar. If so, he’s always decked out in all Caps gear, win or loss the night before. Really brightens my day when I see him repping the Caps even after an embarrassing game.

  • Dude, Mahesh, you rule!

  • Mahesh Prasad

    Haha yeah that’s me!

  • Michelle Garay

    HOW IS IT THAT I WORK AT FREAKING TYSON’S AND I MISSED ALL OF THIS. I would though, -.- I really would

  • prut

    Love this line: “I think Fehr is really good because he plays well.” Troy should say that to Oatesy in those exact same words.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Greenie looks like he just rolled out of bed.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Kirk is a great guy. Several of my MSU alum friends have met him at various events and they all said he’s a down to earth guy and has his head screwed on right.

  • Dustin Sier

    A…vest? I’m not sure what’s confusing about it. Keep the core warm without covering an otherwise very managable set of limbs.

  • Brouwer Rangers

    Every party needs a pooper …

  • sara

    Did Ovi cry at the movie (I was crying by the victory tour)? Is he team Peeta or Team Gale? These are important questions!

  • Ohh district 11 breaks my heart

  • sara

    In the first movie I was crying by the reaping, so I was hoping to avoid tears in the first 15 minutes for this movie…NOPE.

  • Graham Dumas

    Greenie ALWAYS looks like he just rolled out of bed.

  • BPThomas

    he’s been playing like it too BOOM

  • John Martino

    Hey, I don’t mean to give away any big spoilers, but HG2 features mostly adults doing said killing. You’re thinking of the first one.

  • Katniss is 17 years old in Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

  • Myan

    of course Mike Green is wearing a V neck.

  • #LiterarySlam

  • don’t eff with P-Hass when it comes to young adult scifi, you’re bound to get served, son

  • Owen Johnson

    College Park? Go Herd!!! Military Bowl future champs!
    Troll rant over.