D.C. Rinks To Place ‘Ovi’s Office’ Logo On Ice To Honor Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin as Washington Capitals have announced several community initiatives, and rinks will install a logo to recognize his famous office.
ARLINGTON, V.A. — As Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin continues the "Gr8 Chase" and climbs the NHL's all-time goals list, the team and D.C. community are launching several initiatives to congratulate No. 8, including placing his own logo on select rinks across the area.
Select rinks across the area will place a special "Ovi's Office" logo at the bottom of the left face-off circle throughout 2023 to commemorate the 37-year-old, who is famous from striking from that area of the ice. Several of those "Office" goals have come off the power play, where Ovechkin owns the most power-play goals in NHL history (293).
Here's what the logo looks like:
This “Ovi’s Office” logo will also be placed on the ice at several DC hockey rinks in honor of the Capitals captain. pic.twitter.com/rKvOuYj7ZR
— Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) January 5, 2023
Ovechkin is also set to host 800 children from Arlington County Public Schools at practice on Jan. 13 to celebrate him reaching the 800-goal mark. The 37-year-old became the third player in NHL history to reach the historic milestone with a hat trick back on Dec. 13 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Then, on Dec. 23, he struck twice to pass Gordie Howe for second on the NHL's all-time goals list.
In addition, Ovechkin is making a donation to the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to cover ice costs for 100 special hockey teams across the country. That donation supports 5,000 athletes and 1,4000 coaches from February to April. The "Great 8" has worked with ASHA for years and has been an ambassador since 2014. He is also donating tickets to ASHA athletes and their families.
"The American Special Hockey Association is grateful for Alex's continued support of our programs," ASHA executive director Jen O'Brien said. "Through this wonderful donation, Alex has made it possible for every hockey player, no matter their ability, to achieve their goals. On behalf of ASHA and all the kids and parents in our program, we would like to congratulate Alex on his recent milestone as we continue to celebrate his amazing accomplishments on the ice. And more importantly, the impact he is making with kids off the ice."
Ovechkin currently sits at 808 career goals. He needs 87 more to break Gretzky's all-time record. The initiatives are also a celebration of the "Ovechkin Effect," a term that has described Ovechkin's influence on hockey in the DMV since he entered the league in 2005.