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Alex Ovechkin Returns To Ice, Participates In Capitals’ Informal Skate



Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Sunday, April 2, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Gearing up for his 19th NHL season, captain Alex Ovechkin joined the Washington Capitals’ informal skate Tuesday at the team’s practice facility.

Ovechkin was part of a “big group” at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, according to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, including Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstom and John Carlson.

The 37-year-old, who holds franchise records in games played, points and assists, is 72 goals away from tying the NHL’s all-time goals scored record currently held by Wayne Gretzky.

Capitals training camp is schedule to begin on Sept. 21.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.