The Washington Capitals are dispersed all across North America for their bye week. The team’s captain, Alex Ovechkin, is spending his six day and seven-night stay with his wife Nastya on Sunny Isles Beach in Miami.
Staying high atop a hotel with an oceanview, the Ovechkins celebrated Valentine’s Day at the beach in the morning, playing cards and drinking champagne. Later things turned romantic with a surprise from Alex to his wife.
The Washington Capitals scored six goals against the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night, but their legendary superstar did not figure into the offense. At all.
For the first time in 315 National Hockey League games, Alex Ovechkin did not record a shot on goal. He did record two shot attempts however.
To conclude her trip in Washington DC, the Capitals had Fatima Al Ali drop the puck during the team’s ceremonial faceoff Thursday against the Red Wings. After Fatima dropped the puck, she asked Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Zetterberg to take a selfie. The two players obliged.
This is the incredible result.
About an hour after a three-judge federal appeals panel unanimously refused to reinstate President Trump’s travel ban, UAE hockey player and media sensation Fatima Al Ali dropped the puck during a ceremonial faceoff between Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. The Verizon Center is 1.2 miles away from The White House.
Fatima was given a free trip to Washington DC after impressing Peter Bondra with her unbelievable stickhandling skills. Thursday night, Fatima concluded her dream trip in style by dropping the puck in front of approximately 18,000 fans.
The Washington Capitals hosted Fatima Al Ali at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday. According to the AP’s Stephen Whyno, Al Ali called the experience the “best thing” to ever happen to her in her life.
Al Ali took the ice with the Capitals after practice, getting to learn from and play with her favorite hockey player, Alex Ovechkin. Her brother, Mohamed, joined her on the trip to DC and watched practice with her from the bench. He later joined the media on the ice and filmed her experience with the Caps on his phone.
Several other players including Tom Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom, and Justin Williams chatted with Al Ali on the ice and offered further tips on playing the game. Before heading back to the locker room, Ovechkin gave her a game-used stick and signed it for her. Evgeny Kuznetsov spent the latter half of the post-practice-play going one-on-one with Al Ali. They passed the puck and took shots every few passes before getting into a game of juggling the puck.
In December, Peter Bondra surprised UAE hockey player Fatima Al Ali with a free trip to Washington in honor of her unreal stickhandling skills. Fatima arrived in DC this past Sunday, and on Monday night, she sat courtside as the Wizards and Cavaliers went back and forth in the most entertaining regular-season basketball game of the season. Tuesday, her dream trip continued as she went to her first Caps game and met her favorite player, Alex Ovechkin, in the locker room.
Wednesday, things got even better. In front of a large throng of local and national media, Fatima took the ice with the team after Capitals practice.
While our president focuses on trying to close down the borders, the NHL has been opening its own, celebrating Hockey Is For Everyone month during February.
On Sunday, the Washington Capitals flew in amazing stickhandler, Fatima Al Ali, from the UAE. Monday night, Fatima watched an instant classic between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers at Verizon Center. After meeting with the UAE’s ambassador Tuesday afternoon, Fatima took in the Caps-Canes game that night from her glass-side tickets. She’d even joined Ted Leonsis in the Owner’s Box for a bit.
After the game, Fatima would meet her favorite player Alex Ovechkin in the locker room. She was very excited.
The Capitals delayed Sunday’s noon start against the Kings to hold a ceremony in honor of Alex Ovechkin’s 1,000th point, a goal scored on January 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was probably in honor of the 999 points before that too.
With his parents and wife, Alex Ovechkin watched as his teammates past and present shared their congratulations in a video tribute. Then, owner Ted Leonsis gifted Ovechkin a golden stick and the NHL’s Jim Gregory presented Alex Ovechkin with a Tiffany crystal, which will probably go in his bathroom.
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