A Great Eight Tribute: Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov Wears Alex Ovechkin Jersey During Breakaway Challenge

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Friday’s “Breakaway Challenge” during the 2022 NHL SuperSkills Competition at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas became quite interesting, especially for Washington Capitals fans. Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov did a tribute to Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

Kaprizov removed his Wild jersey, revealing an All-Star-themed Ovechkin jersey. He also replicated Ovechkin’s notable Gatorade bottle routine prior to the challenge.

Kaprizov even did Ovechkin’s “hot stick celly” following the shot.

Ovechkin responded to Kaprizov’s impersonation:

Kaprizov had nothing but nice things to say about his fellow countrymen during today’s media availability.  “I love how skilled he is…how well he thinks about the game,” Kirill said on Kuznetsov.

Also noteworthy—he named his cat “Kuzy” after Kuznetsov and watched him, Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko play in World Juniors.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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3 Responses to A Great Eight Tribute: Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov Wears Alex Ovechkin Jersey During Breakaway Challenge

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love Kirill – Hopefully we (Ovi) can talk him into one day relocating to DC. Seems like a good kid, too.

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