Thursday afternoon, Alex Ovechkin had an adventure getting to Verizon Center. After his home had a power outage, Ovechkin could not get his electric-powered gate to open, trapping him on his own property. It got to the point where Ovechkin had to climb a ladder, jump the fence, and get driven by Evgeny Kuznetsov to make the game on time.
Thursday evening, former Capitals teammate Brooks Laich saw Ovechkin’s video and had some great advice for the Russian machine.
Before the game, news broke about a Facebook Live session Miles Wood’s dad participated in.
“When Miles was about eight or nine-years-old, he sent a hockey card to Alex Ovechkin,” Randy Wood said. “He said if you don’t sign this and send it back to me when I make it to the NHL I’m going to give you a big bodycheck. Miles never got the signed card back so I’m waiting for that big check on Alex.”
Before the game, Ovechkin signed a photo which read, “To Miles, Take it easy tonight!!!”
Afterwards, Ovechkin said sorry in person.
This week, the New Jersey Devils are hosting their annual Dads Trip, where the players’ fathers travel with the team. Wednesday during a Facebook Live, Randy Wood, the father of Devils forward Miles Wood, told host Julie Robenhymer a special story about his son involving one of his favorite hockey players growing up, Alex Ovechkin.
When they’re in town together, the Caps Russians always celebrate their birthdays by going out for a big, fancy dinner. Friday night after the Caps 4-0 shutout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, birthday boy TJ Oshie became an honorary Russian.
Wearing matching grey-colored TJ Oshie 30th birthday shirts, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov took Osh Babe to the Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in Washington DC.
Alex Ovechkin is a very unique human. He wears yellow laces in his skates, communicates in only parenthesis and haha’s, and celebrates his teammates’ goals more than his own.
He also plays defense in a very Ovi way.
Such as early in the third period, when Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek went for a wraparound goal. Ovi, who read the play perfectly, decided in that moment to screw the pokecheck and take the body. Hard.
Monday afternoon, the Washington Capitals visited MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to deliver some holiday cheer for those in need.
Players divided into groups and distributed blankets, kid’s club packages, and hats collected as part of the team’s recent drive for Ellie’s Hats. There were also balloons, cupcakes, gifts, and a photographer which was all made possible from funds raised for Hope for Henry. Finally, the players and patients also brushed Capitals-themed canvas paintings in conjunction with Tracy’s Kids, a pediatric art therapy organization. The paintings will be autographed and auctioned off during the Capitals game on December 29.
Consider Ovechkin gave Burakovsky a back rub while the two worked on their canvas paintings. The pair joked around constantly. In certain brilliant photos captured by Chris Gordon, Ovechkin would look at Burakovsky and the Russian machine’s face would resemble the heart-eyes emoji.
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Thursday afternoon, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin hosted nearly 50 kids from the Fort Dupont Cannons program for a holiday skate at the Capitals practice facility.
The players ranged in age 5 to 18 and are based at Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the only full-size indoor ice arena in Washington. Founded in 1977 by Coach Neal Henderson, they Cannons are the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America.
“I was a little kid once too and my dream was to skate with some NHL players or some guys who I knew and I grew up watching,” Ovechkin said to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti. “It’s a great opportunity for me and for them.”
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