It was a very exciting moment for Washington Capitals defenseman Alex Alexeyev Wednesday night. The 22-year-old took the traditional rookie solo lap prior to warmups ahead of the team’s clash against the Nashville Predators at Capital One Arena.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 29, 2021
Alexeyev, the Capitals’ first-round pick, 31st overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft, is the sixth Washington rookie to make his NHL debut this season.
The Capitals are one of two teams this season to have at least nine rookies record a point (San Jose: 11). In total, Caps rookies have accounted for 32 points this season (15g, 17a), the fifth-most in the NHL.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) December 29, 2021
The Capitals’ AHL affiliate Hershey Bears also tweeted congratulations to Alexeyev:
Hey @Alexeyev04 ,
We’re very proud of you.
— Da Bears https://t.co/aKRB893syl
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) December 29, 2021
Alexeyev will slide onto the third defensive pairing with Matt Irwin.
I am so happy to play my first NHL game , my dream come true , I am gonna remember this moment forever , thanks everyone for kind and supportive words 🦅 pic.twitter.com/lkgfCacj8p
— Alex_Alexeyev (@Alexeyev04) December 30, 2021
By Della Young