Although Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin couldn’t make the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid still got a gift delivered for the Great 8.
McDavid signed one of his sticks for Ovechkin’s son, Sergei, autographing it and addressing it to “Ovi Jr.”
“To my friend, Ovi. Jr.,” McDavid wrote.
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Sergei, along with his younger brother, Ilya, is already showing a lot of interest in hockey, taking skating lessons and learning how to play the game while also sporting waxed yellow laces like his father.
“He love hockey, he’s 24/7. Obviously it’s fun to watch how he likes it and you know, good for him,” Ovechkin said.
The 36-year-old Russian is among the league’s leading scorers this season, joining McDavid near the top of the NHL leaderboard with 29 goals and 58 points through 46 games. McDavid has two points on Ovechkin right now with 23 goals and 37 assists in 41 GP for Edmonton.
Ovechkin and McDavid were set to face off on Wednesday when Washington hosted the Oilers before the All-Star Break. However, No. 8 tested positive for COVID-19 before the game, leading him to miss the showdown and subsequently, the ASG. McDavid picked up a goal in the 5-3 victory for Edmonton.
As Ovechkin continues the journey of fatherhood, he said he’s excited to share more hockey history and his milestones with Sergei, who is also taking an interest in Ovechkin’s massive stick collection.
“Someday he gonna ask me questions about the sticks, pucks,” Ovechkin said.
Despite not being at the All-Star Game, Ovechkin has gotten a lot of appreciation. Along with the stick from No. 97, Ovechkin also got a tribute in the breakaway challenge at the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills Competition from Minnesota Wild sensation Kirill Kaprizov. The 24-year-old pulled off a picture-perfect imitation of Ovi, from the Gatorade bottle warm-up routine to yellow laces to a hot stick celebration.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson are the Capitals’ representatives in Vegas. Wilson replaced Ovechkin.