Alex Ovechkin’s parents, Tatyana and Mikhail, were in the house for a pregame ceremony celebrating their son’s 1,000th-career point.
Alex was given a Tiffany Crystal and a gold stick. But that wasn’t the only present the family got.
Charlie McManus, aka T-Shirt Guy, presented Mikhail with the t-shirt he made celebrating Ovechkin’s 1,000th point.
The Washington Capitals just released a behind-the-scenes video from the NHL’s Top 100 Ceremony. The video follows Alex Ovechkin as he meets up with some of the greatest players of all-time like Wayne Gretzky, Sergei Fedorov, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, and Joe Sakic.
But the best moment happens between Ovechkin, his father Mikhail, and Sidney Crosby.
The best moment of the NHL Top 100 Ceremony didn’t actually happen on stage. It happened in the crowd.
During Jon Hamm’s opening segment, the former Mad Men actor flubbed Alex Ovechkin’s name and called him Sergei. Later in the show, Hamm went out into the crowd and apologized, attempting to play off the mistake.
That was okay, I guess. But then the camera panned to the right and Mikhail Ovechkin came into the frame. Everything immediately got better.
Early Friday, Alex Ovechkin arrived in Los Angeles for the 2017 All-Star Weekend and has kept himself busy ever since. In the afternoon, Ovechkin filmed a commercial for Beats By Dre.
In the evening, Ovechkin traveled to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the NHL’s Top 100 Ceremony. While he had a free moment before the ceremony, Ovechkin, who is expected to be on that prestigious list, posed with his Olympic gold medal-winning mother Tatyana, his wife Nastya, his older brother Mikhail, and his father Mikhail.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took a moment after a decisive, if non-Bailamos-worthy, 5-2 win over New Jersey Devils on Thursday night to wish his big brother Mikhail a happy birthday via an Instagram post.
Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,000th point in front of his hometown fans. Ovechkin’s wife Nastya was also in attendance as well as the Russian machine’s parents, Mikhail and Tatyana.
Unlike Ovechkin’s 500th goal celebration, Ovi’s family was not featured in NBCSN’s national telecast of the game. The Ovechkins did however talk to Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov.
“We just returned home from the game,” Mikhail Ovechkin said to Lysenkov as translated by Igor Kleyner. “Of course we are very happy. What a day! We are proud of our son. As a father, I am very pleased. Put it right on the front page of Sovetsky Sport. But now I want to pass the phone to Tatyana. Let her talk about Sasha, she is better at that than I am.”
“It’s a great day,” responded Tatyana Ovechkina. “This is real happiness. It took Sasha only 35 seconds to score his goal. He didn’t want anybody to wait for too long for this point. He had a chance, and he took it. A timely shot, he caught the goalie. Turned out to be a pretty goal.”
After finishing the regular season as the NHL’s best team, the Washington Capitals fell short of their ultimate goal, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games during the semi-finals. Captain Alex Ovechkin hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs during his entire 11-season career, but despite some national media reports, this season’s early exit was not Ovechkin’s fault.
Ovechkin, along with John Carlson, led the team in points (12) this postseason. Ovechkin finished second to TJ Oshie in goals with five. During breakdown day Thursday, Ovechkin admitted to struggling through the regular season with a nagging injury.
“It was my back, lower back,” Ovechkin said. “Right now it’s gone. The trainers did a great job to keep me safe and healthy.”
This weekend, we also learned of something else Ovechkin was dealing with privately. According to a Russian TV program, two days before the playoffs began Alex Ovechkin’s father Mikhail suffered a heart attack, which caused the family to call for an ambulance.
After Thursday’s game, the Washington Capitals announced that Alex Ovechkin would sit out this year’s All-Star Game due to a nagging lower-body injury. Barry Trotz said Ovechkin had been dealing with the issue since mid-November. Ovechkin joked that he aggravated the injury while clearing snow from his house.
If Ovechkin had been dealing with an injury, Ovechkin’s father Mikhail never knew about it.
Alex Ovechkin scored his historic 500th NHL goal tonight and what a magical moment it was. The goal brought all of Ovechkin’s teammates to the ice in celebration. It inspired a three-minute long standing ovation from the Verizon Center crowd. Ovechkin’s mother Tatyana cried happy tears.
But Ovechkin’s father Mikhail was relatively subdued at the milestone. It wasn’t until Papa Ovi got a shout-out during his son’s post-game interview that he got truly rowdy.
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