Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is a hockey icon across the world, and this past week, he has been taking the ice for a good cause.
The Great 8 suited up in the Capitals’ vintage third jersey and took the ice to surprise Dynamo Moscow 2013 youth players. Dynamo Moscow is where his legendary hockey career came to life.
“Thank you to our beloved Sasha for an incredible surprise for Miron and his team,” Masha Nahapetova wrote on Instagram. “Everyone is a bit excited about it.”
Ovechkin was all smiles as he made his way onto the bench and then stepped out onto the ice. The kids, several of who wearing Ovechkin’s iconic yellow laces, took notice quickly and sped over to where he was standing. Ovechkin then joined them to play.
“The Great Ovi8 trained with us,” Dynamo Moscow 2013 posted. “Thank you so much!”
The 36-year-old is coming off one of the best seasons of his NHL career. He recorded his record ninth 50-goal season and also added 40 assists for his first 90-point campaign in over a decade. Ovechkin is also now at 780 goals and 115 away from setting the new all-time record and passing Wayne Gretzky’s 894. He must average 29 goals per season over the next four years to break the record within the contract that he signed in 2021.
This summer, Ovechkin also signed a one-day contract to play in a soccer friendly for FC Dynamo Moscow, and in classic Ovi fashion, he scored. This week, he also played in a sled hockey match and will play in a charity game with Dmitry Orlov, Artemi Panarin and more on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the Artemi Panarin foundation.
Ovechkin started his career with Dynamo Moscow at the age of 10. During his tenure, he broke Pavel Bure’s Dynamo record, scoring more goals than the Russian Rocket. At age 16, he made his pro hockey debut with Dynamo Moscow. When he turned 18, he was taken first overall by the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Draft. During the 2012-13 lockout season, Ovechkin, alongside Washington teammate Nicklas Backstrom, played with KHL Dynamo Moscow before returning to Washington.