We first reported on Alex Ovechkin’s impressive hockey stick collection back in 2015. The Capitals captain has been diligently collecting game-used sticks from NHL players since the start of his career.
Ovechkin spoke about his stick collection in a unique interview with his wife, Nastya, conducted over the summer but released by Russian media outlet MatchTV on Tuesday.
[Nastya] Tell us about your stick collection.
“I remember which stick appeared first. It was the stick of one of my favorite players, Mario Lemieux. We played away against Pittsburgh and he passed that stick through a service man. The next day, when we returned to Washington, he handed me this stick. Autographed by Lemieux. When we play against some star players, we exchange sticks. Then I started collecting mine too. I put marks on them, for example, a stick with which I scored 50 goals.”
[Nastya] Which player’s stick was the hardest to get?
“Conor McDavid. It was a few years ago. The difficulty was that Edmonton forbade him to trade sticks. But they made an exception for me. I asked very much.”
[Nastya] I know that in the future you want to house this whole collection of sticks in your museum. What else will there be?
“There will be sticks, skates, gloves, T-shirts, paintings … Both mine and other players. For fans who follow the NHL in Russia, I think it will be interesting.”
The Great Eight has collected more than 100 hockey sticks and has one impressive collection. In April of 2020, Ovechkin and hockey icon Wayne Gretzky sat down for their first-ever joint interview in the second episode of the NHL’s “Hockey at Home” series. One notable topic was when Ovechkin received Gretzky’s game-used stick last fall, which was a promise The Great One made if the Capitals captain won the Stanley Cup.
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