#LueyStrongForever: Capitals Fan Alex Luey Passes Away

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Over the last three seasons, the term #LueyStrong has become synonymous whenever the Capitals have visited the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, as Capitals and Alex Ovechkin superfan Alex Luey, a 15-year old who has battled cancer over the last few years, visited with Ovechkin and the team prior and following each game in Toronto. Sadly, however, Alex’s battle with cancer ended early this morning when he passed away, news that resulted in an outpouring of support from the Capitals’ and hockey community.

Alex’s father Scott took to Twitter Sunday morning to share the news that his son’s three-year battle with osteosarcoma (cancer of the bone) had come to an end early this morning.

The news of Alex’s death brought an outpouring of support from members of the Capitals’ organization, including Ovechkin, who famously scored a hat trick for Alex in 2017 against the Toronto Maple Leafs after promising to score a goal for the then-13 year old fan.

Luey’s last visit with Ovechkin came in October of this year, when the Capitals visited Toronto for a game against the Maple Leafs, in which Ovechkin scored two goals, including the overtime winner. After the game, Alex was given the game batting helmet as player of the game.

Others within the Capitals’ organization and out shared tributes to Alex following the news of his passing, including Tom Wilson and Capitals Television Play-by-Play announcer Joe Beninati.

Hockey has always been more than just the sport itself. Over the years, fans like Alex have not only added to the sense of deeper meaning off the ice, but inspired other fans to come together for a greater good, something that takes somebody special, a quality which Alex Luey certainly had. NoVa Caps send our deepest condolences to the Luey Family during this most difficult time.

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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3 Responses to #LueyStrongForever: Capitals Fan Alex Luey Passes Away

  1. Maurice Voisin says:

    The Caps family have been amazing in their support of Alex Luey and his family. What an inspiration that these professional hockey players took the time and interest in connecting with a young fan battling cancer. True to form the Captain led by example! Thank you

    Maurice Voisin
    Mildmay ON

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