According to the Russian News Agency TASS, Washington Capitals’ captain Alexander Ovechkin supports the idea of organizing a Russian Heritage Evening in the American capital at a National Hockey League (NHL) game, during which the Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov could throw in the ceremonial puck. TASS was informed about this on Monday at the Russian diplomatic mission.
FROM TASS REPORT
“The captain of the Washington Capitals, Alexander Ovechkin, supported the idea of holding a traditional Russian Heritage Evening in the American capital when it becomes possible:
“Of course, it would be great and logical to see the Russian Ambassador on the ice for an honorable throw-in,” the embassy quoted the player as saying.
Anatoly Antonov received from his hometown of Omsk the uniform of the Avangard hockey club. The diplomat promised that he would be in uniform on the Washington ice for an honorable throw-in before the next game in the framework of the Russian Heritage Night.
The Capitals have held several national heritage nights in recent seasons, including Russian Heritage Night in March of 2017. Other heritage nights have included Canadian, Swedish and German Heritage nights.
By Jon Sorensen