On March 1st, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin hit another milestone. In the team’s 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins, Ovechkin registered his 800th point, a one-timer goal off a pass from Marcus Johansson.
For the puck, that began a short but eventful journey. A Caps player retrieved it from the ice, then handed it to the Caps Equipment Manager, who taped it up around the sides and wrote in Sharpie “Alex Ovechkin 800th Point.”
Photo: Capitals PR
After the game, Ovechkin took a few geeked-out photos with the puck before surrendering it to a member of the Caps PR.
Then something pretty nifty (that usually stays behind-the-scenes) happened: the Capitals sent the puck off to be professionally framed. The team does this for any player that hits a significant milestone.
In the final product, a copy of the game stats sits above the puck. Two photos of Ovechkin from the game are at top and bottom.
Over the summer, the custom frame was built and delivered to the Washington Capitals. It now sits on the second floor of Kettler Capitals Iceplex. A member of the Caps PR was nice enough to allow me to take a photo at Fanfest.
As evidenced by an Instagram video shot at Ovechkin’s house, The Great Eight has a ton of plaques already.
When he arrives in September for Training Camp, he will receive this one and it’ll be extra special. Sorry for any smudges I put on it, Ovi.