Caps Fan Travels Far to Meet Ovi Ahead of a Big Night

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Tonight has the potential to be a very special night for Alex Ovechkin, as he pursues 1,000 career points against the Caps’ biggest rival. For one of his fans, this morning is the beginning of an already special day. It is evident that Ovechkin has impacted the game and has a large following, from his home country of Russia to the Caps fans that fill Verizon Center every night, but one fan traveled great lengths to meet her idol. 

Sarah Pereira, 19, of Northern British Columbia traveled 2, 897 miles with the hopes of meeting Ovi. She was in attendance at today’s morning skate at Kettler and had a sign with a brief message to tell her story about her length of travel.

J.J. Regan of CSN makes a funny yet accurate point on most Caps fans that have gotten to meet “Alexander the Great”.

Growing up a long way from DC and practically living in Vancouver Canucks territory, I asked her about how she became a fan of Ovechkin.

“In sixth grade, I bought my first Ovi t-shirt and I really liked his personality and how good he plays on the ice,” said Pereira.

Four years ago, Sarah and her family flew to Vancouver to watch Ovechkin play, and have made that trek an annual tradition whenever the Capitals were in town.

Sarah, along with her family, traveled for over a day to get to DC. They took three flights. The first from British Columbia to Vancouver. Then from Vancouver to Toronto and then finally from Toronto to Washington.

“We left on Monday morning at six in the morning and we got to Washington on Tuesday at 10 a.m. It was a long time,” Pereira recalled.

From landing at Dulles, they took a shuttle bus to their hotel. They’ll be in town for six days and will be attending all three Capitals home games during their stay in the Nation’s Capital.

With all the sights to see in D.C., numerous historical monuments and museums, I then asked her what else she was looking forward to experience during their trip, which is also her first time in Washington.

“Well that (the Caps games) was my number one thing, that’s all we had planned: seeing Ovi and going to a game so we don’t know yet,” Pereira laughed.

When all was said and done, she got her wish. Way to go Sarah! Enjoy your time in Washington and have fun at all the Caps games this week. Ovechkin getting his 1,000th point during one of these three upcoming home games with Sarah in the stands would be icing on the cake.

 

By Michael Marzzacco

@aleksandrovechkinofficial making its happen!

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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3 Responses to Caps Fan Travels Far to Meet Ovi Ahead of a Big Night

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Way to Go Sarah!!!! We will be watching for you in the crowds… The Cates Family now in the Kootenay’s

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