A Gr8 Day for the Capitals: A Recap of Alex Ovechkin’s Day with the Stanley Cup


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It’s been just over three weeks since the Capitals were crowned the 2018 Stanley Cup champions and since that time the team has been enjoying the first month of a celebratory summer with family and friends, and for many, preparing for their personal day with the Stanley Cup (see the team itinerary here). After recently re-signed defenseman John Carlson spent his day with the Cup in the Nation’s Capital, captain Alex Ovechkin got his day with the Cup today, and did so in his home country of Russia. In this article, NoVa Caps looks at The Great Eight’s day with Lord Stanley.

After the Cup arrived in Russia yesterday, the first thing the Conn Smythe Trophy (Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs) winner did today was share the 35-pound trophy with his father Mikhail, who was not in the United States/Vegas when the Capitals won Game 5 of their Stanley Cup Final matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights, at the place at which he played his youth hockey, Dynamo Hockey School. Since Ovechkin was drafted by the Capitals in 2004, his parents (Mikhail and mother Tatyana) have been among his biggest supporters, making Mikhail Ovechkin’s “meeting” with the Stanley Cup extra special.

Ovechkin also took the Cup to his home city of Moscow, where a crowd of hundreds of people waited in line in pouring rain for a number of hours to take a photo with their native son.

While at the Dynamo Hockey school, Ovechkin happened upon a picture of Capitals teammate Nicklas Backstrom, who played alongside Ovechkin with the Dynamo Moscow hockey club during the 2012-13 lockout. Ovechkin decided to “celebrate” by holding the Stanley Cup next to the photo of his partner in crime.

The Capitals’ captain also celebrated at the World Cup (of soccer) fan fest, which is being held in Russia, where he paraded the Cup onto a stage before an excited crowd of fans, who cheered loudly at the sight of the prized chalice.

In all, Ovechkin’s day with Cup showed just how big of an influence Ovechkin is in his home country and there are many people who will never forget the day the future Hall of Famer lifted the Cup in front of them.

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By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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