Nothing but Love for Ovechkin

OVI OVI Oooooviiii

That chant is being heard over and over again this season as Alexander Ovechkin continues to amaze his team, the NHL, and we fans! The naysayers who thought he wouldn’t be a key part of the winning equation this year have been proven wrong over and over again. Sure he has had a few games with zero points, but he always has a way of making up for it.

Saturday night in Toronto was one of those nights. With a wrist shot and a power play goal in the first period, he set the tone for the team. Jakub Vrana certainly is learning from the Great Eight as we saw with his bullet of a shot in the second period. Ovi put a final touch on the game with an empty net goal that secured the win with seconds left for a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs! And one more hat trick to his credit!

Beyond the praise for his on-ice achievements, we admire Ovi for the special way in which he interacts with some special fans. He showed his big heart again in Toronto when he gave young Alex Leuy, a cancer survivor, the star treatment.

Coach Trotz later called Ovechkin a great humanitarian. He spoke about Ovi’s ongoing relationship with the special needs community and the joy Alex has during this interactions.

A few years back Ovi met Ann Schrubb, a member of the American Special Hockey Association, and they quickly became fast friends. He still plays hockey with the kids and is a great inspiration to them. This past September he joined them for some street hockey in front of Verizon Center, as shared by the Washington Post.For years Alex has donated his time and money to children back home. He has funded orphanages and helped supply hockey equipment to the underprivileged so that they might have the same opportunity afford to him.

Alex Ovechkin is one of those rare people who come along every so often. He captivates us with his skills. He amazes us with his generosity. And he makes us laugh with his charm.

As we celebrate another milestone for Ovi–20 hat tricks and all-time goals 576–our wish for him is that he will have a team that hoists the Stanley Cup with him before he retires.

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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